Pat Humphries and Sandy O. of Emma’s Revolution lead an interactive theme talk based on their workshop “Inspiring the Revolution! Intuitive Collaboration Through Music.” They discuss music as a medium to draw together disparate groups to create larger, stronger, more diverse communities and movements for social justice. We also experience creative harmonizing, with its perfect collaborative leadership balance of contributing and listening. The talk concludes with the story of how their song “Peace Salaam Shalom” came to be sung and shared across the world.
Carey’s Tool of the Day
- Carey discusses using spreadsheets to track engagement along the “Spectrum of Faithful Relationship.” This is discussed in more depth in Carey’s final talk. Here are examples from the UU Association of Membership Professionals:
Emma’s Revolution / Pat Humphries & Sandy O. Smart, funny and informative–like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars. Emma’s Revolution is the duo of award-winning activist musicians, Pat Humphries & Sandy O. A motivating force in concerts and demonstrations, their songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and recorded by Holly Near. The duo’s awards include Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and, for two years running, the Washington Area Music Association’s Fan Favorite Award. Emma’s Revolution’s songs have been an integral part of justice movements for 30 years.
Emma’s Revolution is well known to UU audiences, performing at UU coffeehouses, convocations and congregations across the country. Since their 2005 appearance with Pete Seeger at UUGA in Fort Worth, the duo has performed at General Assemblies from Salt Lake City to Providence. Emma’s Revolution wrote their song, “Love Reaches Out”, for the 2014 UUGA theme and premiered the song at GA’s WaterFire Stage. Emma’s Revolution’s songs, “Keep on Moving Forward”, “Swimming to the Other Side” and “Peace, Salaam, Shalom” are sung by UU congregations across the country and are included in the “Earth and Spirit Songbook”, the UU Tapestry of Faith series and the new UU Spanish Hymnal.
The duo tours 200 days a year, presenting powerful, joyful and transformative concerts and workshops. In the spirit of Emma Goldman’s famous attribution, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution,” Emma’s Revolution has brought their uprising of truth, hope and a dash of irreverence to thousands of concerts and activist events across the US and abroad. Learn more at www.emmasrevolution.com
Carey McDonald is the UUA Outreach Director, helping Unitarian Universalist values reach more people and respond to the changing American religious landscape. He previously served as the UUA Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and is a former lay member of the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee and the Skinner House Books Board. Prior to joining the UUA, Carey worked in educational policy with the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Department of Education. Carey is a seventh generation Unitarian Universalist and a member of First Parish in Malden, MA and the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, Ohio. He was active in Columbus as a youth leader in the Ohio Meadville District Youth Adult Committee and with Diverse and Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM). Carey holds a bachelors in Economics from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and a masters in Organizational Leadership from Wheelock College in Boston, MA. He lives Medford, MA with his wife, Sarah and son, Julian.