Mark Beckwith: Seeing the Unseen
Reading, discussion and book signing with Mark M. Beckwith, author of Seeing the Unseen: Beyong Predjudices, Paradigms, and Party Lines
Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 4pm
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"This book is two for the price of one. It gives us new things to see. It gives us a new way to see all things. This book helped me so much to see in my daily life the signals and possibilities of transcendence. If you want to grow in wisdom and vision, read it.”
– David Blankenhorn, president of Braver Angels
Instead of dismissing those whose views and experiences are different from our own, the author argues that we must look directly at them and see the goodness that is inherent in all things. From the language we use to the imperative to understand and include, we have a duty to work through opposition and build community.
This book is an invitation to see what we don’t see. To see beyond our prejudices, paradigms, and hidebound thinking, all of which can shroud us from, if not blind us to, injustice. And to see moments when those veils of prejudice, paradigms, and thinking are mysteriously and wonderfully taken away so we can feel blessing and gratitude, which then prompts us to share blessing and gratitude with others.
For more information and to read Mark's blog, visit: markbeckwith.net
Ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1979, Mark Beckwith served parishes in Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Elected Bishop of Newark (NJ), he served in that capacity for twelve years until his retirement in 2018. As an active bishop, he helped reorganize the Coalition of Religious Leaders of New Jersey, and served as President. In the wake of gang violence in Newark, he helped found the Newark Interfaith Coalition for Hope and Peace. With a local Rabbi and Imam from that coalition, he appeared several times on Morning Joe, and did two PBS interview shows hosted by Jon Meacham. The three of them co-hosted A Matter of Faith, a NJ Public TV show that focused on local issues. He currently serves as the Bishop Liaison for Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a network of 100 bishops he co-founded after the Newtown, CT, killings in 2012. He is the co-founder of Faith Leaders for Ending Gun Violence, a national ecumenical group of diverse religious leaders. He has been part of the leadership team for Braver Angels, a national movement that seeks to depolarize America.
A graduate of Amherst College and Yale Divinity School, he lives in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. His passion is to invite people to look beyond and beneath their political and theological positions, which in today’s climate of polarization can be overly confining, and find hope and blessing – and a way forward.