Introduction to Beguine Again
& The Bardo Group — Founders of The BeZine
We are a consolidation of two collaboratives with shared core values of peace, sustainability, social justice, and a life of the spirit.
At Beguine Again, an interfaith effort founded by Terri Stewart, a pastor in the United Methodist tradition who is the Steward of Connection at Circle Faith Future (CFF). (The vision of CFF is building hope in a fractured world.) On Beguine Again, you will find meditations, spiritual practice and inspirational posts. Beguine Again seeks to encourage, inspire and transform through personal spiritual experience. For further details visit: Spritual Practices.
The Bardo Group (now The Bardo Group Beguines) was founded by poet and writer, Jamie Dedes, and consists of writers, poets, story-tellers, artists, photographers, musicians, clerics and spiritual teachers from the world over.
The Bardo Group Beguines is pleased to present The BeZine, a quarterly eZine. The people who visit here to read, “Like,” and comment are as integral to this community as are the Core Team and guest contributors. Visitors lend their energy, support, imagination and insights to this evolving effort. Comments are open—kindly expressed perspectives. suggestions, and dialogue are all welcome. We would love for you to send your work that fits our themes and follows our guidelines.
The BeZine’s mission is to foster proximity and understanding through our shared love of the arts and humanities and all things spirited and to make—however modest—a contribution toward personal healing and deference for the diverse ways people try to make moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of a world in which illness, violence, despair, loneliness and death are as prevalent as compassion, hope, friendship, reason and birth.
Our focus is on sacred space (common ground) and activism as expressed through the arts. Our work covers four quarterly themes—SustainABILITY, Waging Peace, Social Justice, and Life of the Spirit & Activism—from a range of affirming perspectives expressed respectfully primarily through literature—poetry, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction— and the arts—music, visual art, videos, photography, and reviews.
We share work here representative of shared human values, however differently those values might be expressed in our various religions and cultures. We feel that our art and our Internet-facilitated social connection offer a means to see one another in our full humanity, as brothers and sisters, and not as “Others.”
This is a space where we hope you’ll delight in learning how much you have in common with “other” peoples. We hope that your visits here will help US All to respect rather than to fear our fellow humans.
We acknowledge the enormous theological differences and historical resentments that carve wedges among and within traditions, ethnic and national groups, but we believe that ultimately self-preservation, common sense, and human solidarity will empower connections and collaboration to overcome division and disorder.
We ply our art, meditations, activism, and prayer toward that tipping point when compromise—an admittedly imperfect peace—will overcome war and respect for life will topple resentment—and these steps will happen in a spirit of collaboration and mutual caring. That may not happen in our time, but it has to start somewhere and sometime. This is our modest contribution toward a goal for which diverse people the world over work and pray.
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On behalf of The Bardo Group Beguines and
in the spirit of peace, love (respect) and community,
Founding and Managing Editor, The BeZine
This was originally written, edited, and updated over time by our beloved founding editor of blessed memory, Jamie Dedes, who left this world near the end of 2020. The current editors of The BeZine will continue to edit and update as The BeZine continues its mission, but we leave Jamie’s signature as her founding mission continues to underlie all we do.
—The BeZine Editors
Update: March 14, 2021