Time: August 11, 2013 from 10am to 11:30pm
Location: First Unitarian Church - Parish Room
Street: 2125 Chestnut Street
Website or Map: http://www.philauu.org
Event Type: worship
Organized By: Edwin J. Greenlee
Latest Activity: Aug 12, 2013
The Beat poets and writers of the 1950’s, such as Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Gary Snyder, are largely viewed as members of a major American literary movement. But the Beats, like the Transcendentalists before them, were spiritual seekers. The Beats explored Eastern religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism and were most at home with those who lived on the margins of society. They created their own passionate and unconventional spiritual path that strongly engaged issues of personal transcendence and social critique. Later, in the mid-1960’s and beyond, the work of the Beats infused a generation with a vision of new possibilities that led to the Anti-War and Gay Liberation Movements of the 1960’s and the Environmental Movement of the 1970’s. The Beats serve as inspiration for today’s progressive religious communities who look to blend aesthetics, spirituality, and social justice.