STONE FENCE SAGAS
A livestream speaking series
A livestream speaking series
To make food farmers in my corner of the world cut and burned and ploughed. Every spring the frost heaved up a new crop of field stone. They broke plough teeth, turned the ankles of oxen, broke the backs of farmers and their sons, ended up as fence piles, thorny now and lichen crusted, overlooked, unremembered, the very tears of our contending with the land and its Gods.
Our psychic weather is turning up rock in the pasture of our days now, year round. Breaking the teeth of our resolve, turning the ankle of our heart’s dexterity, crippling and compressing the young visibly, field stone of opinion and prejudice and posture is turning the visionaries among us into divisionaries.
With whatever we have of idleness forced upon us now our work could come ever clearer: Testify, and magnify, and earn whatever memory and honour might be allotted to us by those to come.
These will be meetings at the crossroads, where the stone fences begin or end. We will be custodians of crisis. We’ll wonder on how it has become as it is. We’ll wonder what citizens of a troubled time do, once the call and the summons and the plea has gone out. I’ll listen for you, out in the field.
Stone Fence Sagas: A Livestream Encounter is a 4-part livestreamed speaking series taking place in the Fall of 2020. Each of the four evenings (90 minutes) is organized around one theme. Prompted by these themes, ticket holders will be invited to submit questions in advance through an online form. These questions will be read and considered, and a selection of them will be asked of Stephen Jenkinson by a small in-house audience during the livestream evening. A live-from-the-floor video will be streamed to ticket holders using Zoom. Further details, links, question form, etc. will be sent 2-3 weeks before the series starts.
Tickets are available for individual evenings, or as a discounted package for all four. There are bound to be recurrences and linkages between each night, but they will stand alone and participation in previous nights is not required or assumed.
Here are the dates and topics (always 8pm-9:30pm Eastern Time):
Stone Fence Sagas – Truth/Reality/Personal Experience – October 29th, 2020
Stone Fence Sagas – Radical Citizenship in a Time of Plague – November 5th, 2020
Stone Fence Sagas – Patrimony, Matrimony, Ceremony – November 19th, 2020
Stone Fence Sagas – They Eat Teachers Here – December 3rd, 2020
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Belonging/Believing: Health, hearth, wholeness and radical citizenship in a time of plague We are living an undeclared occupation. Despair and disbelief: both are religions now. The fantasy of restoration proliferates, threatens. In these few passing moments we are making the near future the kids will inherit. From whence our health and happiness? We've a hard time telling adversary from enemy, adversity from emnity. Here's a clue: The adversary is an ally you wouldn't seek. Before the coming of the missionary,…Find out more »
Patrimony, Matrimony, Ceremony: Vowing in a ritually illiterate culture The fifteen minute secular wedding was crafted to make sure nothing happens. Nobody goes to a wedding to change the world, or to wonder what a wedding is. But weddings aren't celebrations of love, though They're dangersome, conjuring acts. Who to marry? Not as challenging now as whether to marry? how to marry? Vows aren’t promises. They don't need a future. They happen when you make them. Matrimony is older than…Find out more »
They Eat Teachers Here: Elderhood, apprenticeship and the democratization of wisdom Consumer culture throws teachers up the pop charts. The demands for comfort and for safety and for affirmation call the tune in the self improvement industry. How to trust what is crafted to please you? Nineteen year old students doing the Caesar thing over someone’s lifetime of learning. Universities work like malls. How to trust what is crafted mostly to please you? Wisdom can’t be inherited. Prejudice is. But…Find out more »