Saturday, May 03, 2008

A New Bridge in Minneapolis

When I decided to settle down my choices were between Colorado and Minneapolis. I chose Denver but today Joe reminded me why I almost moved to his hometown. The reason was the exceptional artistic cultural atmosphere I sensed there and I believe I was right.
The annual May Day celebration is one such event and this year it celebrates A New Bridge.
On August 1, 2007, we witnessed the fall of the 35W bridge. During the profound Ecumenical Memorial Service for the 13 citizens who perished in the river, Hamdy El-Sawaf of the Islamic Jurisprudence Council of Minnesota offered these words:
“If a bridge made of iron, steel and concrete can fall down, then a human bridge of faith, trust, confidence and hope must be established.”
These words challenge us to receive the tragedy of the fallen bridge as an opportunity to consider the infrastructure we are building for the present and future beings.
Are we building toward depletion and collapse as consumers and conquerors, or are we building a path to sustainable, reciprocal harmony with the rest of the earth?
Good question.
The new bridge in Minneapolis is symbolic because of this intense time with Pluto crossing into structural Capricorn in such an elegant, ceremonious, and significant way. Setting the stage for the next act.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Joe said...

As always it was a fantastic performance, with 50,000 in the audience at least. Accessible to all, including in Spanish and American Sign Language, and wheelchair seating for elders and disabled.

:o)

4/5/08 4:47 PM  
Blogger jm said...

That's a great crowd. Sometimes I like these group rituals. It's wonderful when they're peaceful and think about the ones who struggle just a little bit more than most.
Good town.

4/5/08 8:50 PM  

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