John Cobb & Friends Gathering – John Cobb
October 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT
Topic: Remove the Obstacles!
Presenter(s): John Cobb
John Cobb invites his Friends to consider a letter he intends to send to Presidents Xi and Biden to Remove the Obstacles to Ecological Civilization. The idea started simply as a “benediction” at the close of a service where he had preached for Church of the Village in New York City. In place of a standard biblical quotation as a closing word of blessing, he simply named a hope—that President Xi of China and President Biden of the United States would meet and commit to saving the planet!
The letter begins, “The habitability of the planet can no longer be taken for granted. Both of you have done, and are doing, much to counter the profound threat to the future. We are at a crossroads. The two of you have made possible an historical change that might save us all from unimaginable disasters. PLEASE lead us into the new possibility you have created.”
John Cobb, a distinguished member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has a lot of credibility in China. Of the 2000 persons attending the 2015 Claremont Conference on “Seizing an Alternative,” 300 were from China. A 2019 article, “Red China is turning green,” quotes a speech by President Xi that “could have been written by John B. Cobb, Jr., an American theologian, philosopher and environmentalist who is highly influential in China.” Even in this year of extreme isolation for John’s residential community, he has kept up a steady pace of lectures to Chinese audiences.
Come join John, Bonnie Tarwater, and Zhihe Wang and Meijun Fan to help polish the letter and strategize its sending.
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