Recently I received an email from a group called Radical Joy for Hard Times. The group is devoted to reconciling people and wounded places. On Saturday, October 30, from Houma, Louisiana to Pensacola, Florida, all along the waterways affected by
the oil spill of April 20, 2010, people will gather together in a spirit of appreciation for their beautiful, damaged home and their own determination to thrive.
School students, church groups, birdwatchers and fishermen, artists and musicians, families and friends will get together to talk about how the oil spill has affected their lives, and who and what has given them strength. They will sing, reflect, pray, play music, read poems, eat good food, drum or whatever feels right.
Using simple materials, each group will create a picture—a bird, a shrimp, a human figure or anything else that represents the vitality of life in the Gulf—and take a photograph of themselves with their image. Groups that create a picture at least 25 long or larger will be considered for inclusion in a special, limited number of aerial photos to be taken that day by the acclaimed New Orleans photographer, Matthew D. White. It must be clearly visible from 500 feet above. For more information visit radicaljoyforhardtimes.org