I have known Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of Urban Bush Women for over 25 years. Finally we are doing a project together. Initiated by the Shalom Center to honor the friendship of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Abraham Joshua Heschel, we have becme inspired by their texts to make a dance, a lecture series, and to animate with performance prayer breakfasts, teach ins, freedom schools and other organizing tactics fo the civil rights era.
The project began in New Orleans last summer at Urban Bush Women's Summer Leadership Institute and picks up again in January with a week in residence at the Manhatten JCC. In April we will be at Center Stage in Baltimore. Follow the project here or at UBW website link.
Here is my current favorite text from Rabbi Heschel:
"It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern society. It would be more honest to blame religion for its own defeats. Religion declined not because it was refuted, but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid. When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion--its message becomes meaningless."
― Abraham Joshua Heschel, God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism
Follow the project here or at urbanbushwomen.org