I have a dream

I have a dream that one day everyone will wake up and get a clue! Better yet, wake up and be the clue. We need you! Martin Luther King tells us that “Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.” If you have a clue, you are likely to be a cultural creative, uncomfortable with the dominant cultural paradigm of materialism, militarism, and mainstream religion. The CLEU is here to help you find your way to a new cultural paradigm based on our common vision and values. We support you in claiming your spiritual identity and developing your spiritual community. Wear your Cleu and share its meaning. Look for others who have a clue and meet weekly in circle. Read the Cleu Book and discuss how to put your values into action. Celebrate your human rites. Pool your resources and build infrastructure. Go on pilgrimage. Reach out to others. Work together for a better world. Become part of something bigger than yourself. I have a dream that someday there will be a Cleu circle in every community!

I grew up attending St.Mark’s on the Bowery in New York City, a church that was very active in the civil rights movement. Weekly attendance at church gave me an experience of being around adults who worked together to create a better world. On Sundays, we celebrated communion, shared hugs, sang gospel music, and enjoyed the modern compositions of the organist. Rotating leadership allowed church members to fill in when the minister and others went down south to join in civil rights demonstrations. Church members pooled their resources to create infrastructure and service projects that reflected their shared values. We had a library, a playground and garden, a free breakfast program, and cultural space for dance, music, and theatrical productions. As a young adult, I marched against the Vietnam War and made two trips for demonstrations at the Pentagon, traveling in a bus sponsored by the church. The church was a place for communal celebration and personal interaction as well as being the heart of spiritual community and social activism. Discover the power of your religious freedom. I have a dream. Someday there will be a Cleu space in every community!

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