Michael Meade, a celebrated mythologist, storyteller and author, will bring his blend of timeless tales, unifying songs and timely perspectives on the issues of the day to his hometown of Vashon, with “Truth & the Living Soul,” an event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Vashon United Methodist Church.
The evening will highlight some of the themes from Meade’s newest book, “Awakening the Soul,” which explores the impact of cultural and environmental upheaval on the human soul. Delving into territories including the loss of truth and meaning, collective anxiety, and feelings of despair and helplessness, Meade directs attention to the need for an awakening of individuals to address the collective problems of the modern world.
Novelist, poet and activist Alice Walker has said of the new book, “I am amazed at the high quality of love he imparts to a love starved, deeply fractured humanity. He challenges us to go deeper into the cracks and crevices of our lives to grow a self that remains upright and of service to a tragically troubled world.”
Meade’s Vashon appearance is part of his 2018-2019 book tour, which will include events along the West Coast, the Southwest and Canada. It is the latest chapter in a long career that has included his founding of the Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a non-profit that facilitates cross-cultural alliances and community healing through events involving artists, activists, community builders, healers and spiritual teachers. A scholar of mythology, anthropology and psychology, he is the author of several other books as well as the co-editor of The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart.
Tickets for the evening are $15 and are available at mosaicvoices.org. His weekly podcast, “Living Myth,” books and essays are also available at the website.