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Blessings of the Animals with Reverend Gary Kowalski (Burlington)
Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 7:00pm
Find out how "swarm intelligence" is creating smarter phone systems inspired by creativity and collective wisdom of the common ant. Discover what happens when a visionary artist travels to Africa to bury the portraits of 23 primates who died in a Philadelphia zoo. Ponder how cultures as diverse as the Cherokee, Chinese, Egyptians, and ancient Hindus identified the night's brightest star with a canine spirit guide. Explore how meditation helps a Buddhist beekeeper fend off a disease that threatens most of the world's honeybees. These true stories and many more will make you laugh, weep, and marvel at the amazing creatures who share our planet.
Reverend Gary Kowalski is the minister emeritus of Burlington's First Unitarian Universalist Society, a graduate of Harvard College (B.A. 1977) and the Harvard Divinity School (M.Div. 1982) and the author of eight books on animals, history, science and spirituality. His work has appeared in periodicals like Tikkun and Yoga Journal, been translated into German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Czech, and been voted as a "Readers' Favorite" by the Quality Paperback Book Club. An Oklahoma native, he has made Burlington his home since 1989, where he has been active in Vermont's campaign for marriage equality, served on the State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and worked on behalf of animals with the Green Mountain Animal Defenders. He is married to former Chittenden County Public Defender Dori Jones.
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