Seeking Shelter: A Story of Place, Faith, and Resistance
Thursday, August 5 @ 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Exhibition August 5 to September 15, 2021
Opening Reception Thursday, August 5, 2021, 5 to 7 pm
“Environmental Threats to Conservation on Block Island” program 7 pm
From Rhode Island comes a story that evokes the Vietnam War era, illuminates the parallels between then and now, and celebrates the healing power of community.
Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan and theologian and civil rights lawyer William Stringfellow belonged to an old American tradition — faith-based activism. During the tumultuous 1960s and long afterward, the two friends, both hard-working, prolific authors, were also activist opponents of the war in Vietnam and campaigners for civil rights, social justice in the Christian tradition, nuclear disarmament, and the environment.
Seeking Shelter: A Story of Place, Faith and Resistance, the multi-media exhibition that tells this intriguing, moving, and timely story, made its debut on Block Island at the Island Free Library in July of 2017, and returns to the Island after a four-year tour to seven venues in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Chicago, Illinois.
The accompanying film, Seeking Shelter, directed and produced by Susan Hagedorn, illuminates the exhibition’s themes through the recollections of people who knew the story’s central figures well and have deep insight into Block Island as a place and as a community.
All are welcome at the opening reception on Thursday, August 5, 2021, from 5 to 7 pm, followed at 7 pm by “Environmental Threats to Conservation on Block Island” by Michael Oppenheimer, PhD (Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs), and remarks by Bayberry Wreath Laureates Keith Lewis and Corrie Heinz. Please WEAR A MASK indoors at the Museum.
Seeking Shelter is led by a group of Block Islanders who, like Berrigan and Stringfellow, treasure the Island’s natural beauty and sense of community. The project received support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, The Roosa Fund, the Seedworks Film Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, and many generous individuals.Downloadable Flyer