Rabbi Rami Shapiro will be in Portland, Oregon in late July to help raise funds for The Wisdom Keepers Project.
The fund-raising party, co-hosted by Reverend Chuck Cooper and The Institute for Progressive Spirituality, is at 4:00 P.M. Saturday, July 25th at the Multnomah Meeting house in S.E. Portland. To attend this event please RSVP to Cathy at rest(at)spiritone.com. Seating is limited. A presentation begins at 4:30 and a discussion will follow. This is an opportunity to meet both Reverend Chuck Cooper and Rabbi Rami Shapiro, and see some video clips from the documentary.
The Wisdom Keepers Project has been a labor of love, which includes creating a Holy Rascals Documentary and social network. Nonetheless we need funds to pay professional crews to manifest our visions.
The “Holy Rascals” documentary tells the story of Reb Rami’s quest for a new way of thinking about religion and human spirituality. A trained rabbi, Rami no longer is able to identify solely with his Jewish faith. He now blends beliefs and teachings of Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Catholicism, Taoism, Hinduism and Native-American spirituality with those of Judaism.
“We need a new story,” says Rabbi Rami. He says it can be seen unfolding through the lives of certain individuals he fondly calls “Holy Rascals.” This group of spiritual men and women see God as a reality and the universe as God’s body – a unity of spirituality and science.
In the documentary, Rami interviews his teachers who come from all of the major traditional religions.
They offer new cosmologies of inclusivity, boundary crossing and inter-spirituality. Several of them are elders, wisdom keepers, and all of them are living examples of how one can both embrace and transcend traditional religion. The gift of this video is that Rami is offering to an audience personal and intimate conversations with his friends and mentors. They happen to be some of today’s best spiritual teachers, luminaries on the cutting edge of inter-spirituality. His relationships with them include his tears over being rejected as a Hassid by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, and laughter with John Cleese about the absurdity of life. Rather than theories, this video presents models of behavior, relationships and attitudes that can guide us, as more and more people around the world recognize their interconnectedness. The teachers in this video include Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Reverend Matthew Fox, Sister Jose Hobday, Andrew Harvey, Imam Mamadou Toure, Joan Borysenko, and Prasanna.