Emerging Future Podcast
About This Show
Wisdom from the curious, compassionate, & courageous co-creators of our desired and emerging future. Learn from personal stories at the intersection of humanity and the environmental, social, and spiritual divides we are facing. Hear from community activists, entrepreneurs, researchers, musicians, chefs, inventors, and more. I hope these conversations will encourage us all to look at the world differently, change our patterns of thought, and get out there and engage where our passions meet the world's greatest needs.
Joel de Jong.
Most Recent Episode
Dr. Stephen Michael Newby is composing a symphony to Heal the Land
Dr. Stephen Micheal Newby is six generations removed from his ancestor and namesake, Michael, an enslaved African man who likely survived the horrific conditions of the Middle Passage, only to arrive at The Newby Plantation in Jones County, Georgia, to a new life… a living hell. We now know that Michael, and the enslaved people, used music and rhythm to not only communicate to each other and form a new identity when they had been stripped of everything, but also used music to ultimately escape to freedom in the north.
Generations later, the ghost of Michael is rising. The ghosts of the enslaved people that were stolen to build the Empire that is America are rising and demanding lamentation. If you honestly look at the past, our country was built off of stolen people and stolen land, and that domination paradigm that oppresses people and the earth is still the driving force behind our American culture and systems.
It is this precise reason that Stephen is writing a symphony, the highest form of musical art in the European culture, to create the musical space that is required to enter into deep lamentation and remembering of our horrific past, and abiding peace, hope, and love that is pulling us forward into the future. Stephen describes the power of music, the connection between voice and the soul, and the experience of harmonizing with others as parts of the way forward as a culture. But, he articulates, that we must lament our past in order to experience the bottomless hope that resides on the other side of examination, reconciliation, and renewal for humanity.
Dr. Stephen Michael Newby is an accomplished composer, gospel/jazz vocalist, and worship leader, and his work has been performed by many well-known symphonies and orchestras that have earned him numerous awards and grants. In addition to directing the Center for Worship, Dr. Newby serves as director of the SPU Gospel Choir and the Worship Arts Ensemble.
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Rated 5 out of
Surprisingly fun and informative
With heavy topics including global warming, planetary ecocide, capitalism and politics, this show is surprisingly enjoyable and uplifting.
Date published: 2017-01-25