“It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others.” --Dietrich Bonhoeffer The Revolution Ethics Project conducts seminars for people of all ages who want to see the world anew and make the world a little better. Led by instructor Eric Bowman, the group meets for reading, hearty discussion, intellectual growth and a few laughs. Studying some history, philosophy, religion, and literature, we look at current social issues, ethical scenarios, and our own attitudes in an attempt to bring about meaningful change in the world. Through activities and discussion we will hope to inspire each other to be a little less cynical and to work towards solutions to the world’s problems—or maybe just the problems that are closest to us. We will seek to show that everything we do matters, and that “morality” isn’t a topic limited to philosophy class or faith communities. The next leaders of society will not just be cunning businessmen or ambitious politicians—they will be hopeful, thoughtful, kind-hearted people. January 2015: Taking (Political) Action This has been an active month, politically, for members of the Revolution Ethics Project. A week ago two members of the group joined the New Hampshire Rebellion walk for campaign finance reform. Also this month, the entire Revolution group has been involved in a push to increase student involvement in local government. They have launched an initiative to get as many students as possible to the ConVal school board meetings. On Saturday, January 31, these students will lead the charge at the ConVal district Deliberative Session. It has been refreshing to see such politically active adolescents. All of this is part of our push to get Revolution participants to take action. This year, each student will be completing his/her own action plan, putting the content of the Rev into meaningful civic action. Whether it is political mobilization, volunteering, fundraising or creating a new program, you will likely see Rev students completing a lot of good works this coming spring. November 2014: Revolution to Present at National Council for the Social Studies On Saturday November 22, Bowman and some of the Revolution students will be presenting at the National Council for the Social Studies. It is quite an honor to have our proposal accepted by the Council. We will be sharing our ideas with social studies teachers from around the country at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. You can see the description of our presentation at the NCSS website or right here Fall 2014: Revolution Ethics Project, Academic Year 3--Are We Still of Any Use? As we enter our third annual academic year, the Revolution Ethics Project asks: Are We Still of Any Use? This question comes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's famous Christmas letter to his followers titled "After 10 Years." In the letter, Bonhoeffer rhetorically asks his followers if they can continue the fight for justice and peace. "We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds; we have been drenched by many storms; we have learnt the arts of equivocation and pretence; experience has made us suspicious of others and kept us from being truthful and open; intolerable conflicts have worn us down and even made us cynical. Are we still of any use?" Are we still prepared to stand firm and do God's work, even in the face of unspeakable evil? Do we have the energy to prevail, even though we have been worn down, or are distracted by our own needs? Have we learned the art of equivocation only to fall back on it forever? Our lives are not nearly as tragically endangered as Bonhoeffer's. But the question he poses is still relevant. Will we, the Revolutionaries, make ourselves useful? Will we do God's work even when faced with distraction, selfishness, our own demons, and seemingly endless injustices? We shall see. The Revolution will begin its 3rd academic year on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30pm in Conference Room 1 at Monadnock Hospital. Old members and prospective new ones are welcome to join. Peace.