My new exhibit is entitled “One Planet: Harnessing Hope”. The history of the project is as follows: Thirty years ago when I was studying in New York City doing my master’s of Social Work degree at Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social work, I came across the philosophies of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson. The Rebbe preached about a non-judgmental love for all mankind and he counseled people of all faiths. This was the beginning of my lifelong passion for multi-faith. When I wrote my first book, “Treasured Legacies: Older & Still Great”, Second Story Press: 2003, Dr. David Suzuki, who was in the book, talked of his concerns about climate change and unfortunately so many of his predictions are coming true. I also interviewed the legendary Oscar Peterson and the thoughts he shared with me regarding the racism he experienced in his life inspired me. I wrote a second book, “Aging is Living: Myth Breaking Stories from Long Term Care” Dundurn Press: 2009. So many of the seniors I have interviewed for both books said they were concerned about what the world would be like for their children and grandchildren in relationship to the changing environment. When it comes to climate change we are equal; we are in this together.
In my first book, I had interviewed Sister Constance Murphy, Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut, Swami Pramathananda and Raymond Gould, a part Maliseet- part Acadian aboriginal spiritual elder. I was continuing with my belief in multi-faith. I decided I wanted to do what I could to help the environmental situation so I approached Dr. Lucy Cummings, the E.D. of Faith and the Common Good: Greening Sacred Spaces. Lucy introduced me to the faith groups and some multi-cultural groups that will appear in the new exhibit.
The new exhibit has been endorsed by the Ontario Multifaith Council, Scarboro Missions, Councillor Joe Mihevc of Toronto City Council, Councillor Gord Perks of Toronto City Council, Professor Stephen Bede Scharper, Reverend Fletcher Harper,Rabbi Lawrence Troster of GreenFaith, the Very Reverend Bill Phipps and Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley.
I want to add one more name of a man who influenced my thinking right from the start: my beloved Uncle Dr. Bernard Ludwig. He lived his life following the teachings of the late Rebbe.
Please follow the website as to where the exhibit will be presented.