Conversations with Huston Smith

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Huston Smith and Brandon WilliamsCraig host two community conversations.


Epworth United Methodist Church and Association Building Community

Tales of Wonder

Sunday July 5th, 2009
11:30 - 1:00

Huston Smith
Author of  The World's Religions
and the new autobiography Tales of Wonder

In celebration of Dr. Smith's 90th Birthday

a conversation in community
with mythologist Brandon WilliamsCraig

Beginning with an excerpt from The World's Religions, religious, psychological, and mythological themes will be considered with building community on purpose in mind. Following the conversation, questions for discussion will be co-created on and off-line by the community.



Sunday July 12th, 2009
11:30 - 1:30

(please bring a potluck dish)

Huston Smith and a panel of local scholars will participate in a community conversation facilitated by Brandon WilliamsCraig
responding to themes of the previous week in order to open spontaneous space
 for shared discovery of the Process Arts as peace practices

in the
Epworth UMC Beloved Community Circle
1953 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA 94707
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Come for a little bit or from beginning to end.
Please RSVP to brandon @ abcglobal dot net or call toll free (866) 236-0346
with your Name, email and mobile# or Skype ID,
and list which event(s) you will attend
in order to receive a PDF copy of the materials and an invitation to collaborate online.

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If you would like your work listed on the event's References and Resources guide, please go to your User Page (click on your own name after signing in) here at and list the words you would like to appear in the following format: name (yours or an organization) and URL; one brief paragraph about what you do in terms of mythology (world-view) and mission; contact info.



Brandon WilliamsCraig is a member of Epworth and a frequently visible presence in this community, but there are a few things you may not know about him. He began a twenty year career in the professional theater in Dallas, Texas at the age of six, and transplanted himself to California in 1995 for a two year residential apprenticeship in a martial art of peace called aikido, which he now teaches. He is President of local, Bay Area non-profit, Association Building Community, and travels nationally building community among those practicing the process arts, and is a professional conflict facilitator. He will be completing his Ph.D. this Fall in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology and has had the pleasure of working with Dr. Smith for several years, as well as the honor of his friendship through many lunches and teas and fruitful conversations, as well as an invitation to membership in the Pacific Coast Theological Society at the Graduate Theological Union.


Huston Smith is Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, Syracuse University. For fifteen years he was Professor of Philosophy at M.I.T. and for a decade before that he taught at Washington University in St. Louis. Most recently he has served as Visiting Professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Berkeley. Holder of twelve honorary degrees, Smith’s fourteen books include The World’s Religions which has sold over 2 ½ million copies, and Why Religion Matters which won the Wilbur Award for the best book on religion published in 2001. In 1996 Bill Moyers devoted a 5-part PBS Special, The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith, to his life and work. His film documentaries on Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Sufism have all won international awards. Dr. Smith has been a particular friend of the Epworth Community for many years and we are always happy to welcome him back.