Pulling it All Together – John Ernst
I can’t overstate how much I agree with Paul’s observations in his article below. We work deliberately each day throughout the year to carefully keep the vital ideas and fire of the conference alive and growing.
In the final days before the MMC this mid September we seek to wrap up registration with more men. Registration is at 80% and we need to reach full registration to fill our event obligations.
The best way to thrive is for us to pull together. I encourage and invite you to reconsider what is possible when all of us grab a section of the rope and join the pull. If you have not registered – then register. If you have registered – then donate so another man can attend. If you can’t do either and want to participate – then email or call. Many new men are reaching out to attend – good men of all ages young and old.
Additionally, we must also push to reach this year’s fundraising goals. We have started a timed fundraiser and we only have 33 more days to reach our goal. Our archive project has been a massive success and must continue. With nearly 70 complete restorations currently available, and 25+ years of recordings to work through, there is much ahead of us. Needless to say we need lots of support.
When we work together the tention of the load dissolves and the story shared is richer, deeper and sweeter. Ourselves, and our lives are equally impacted when act in this way. I know this from my own experience and the testimony of many other men.
Please support the MMC today, so we can gather this year in full community, and return home from the voyage with joy in our hearts. And quite possibly this year, return home knowing that our community is thriving through the transition, that Paul Bendix refers to. I believe it’s good work and great fun to give from our hearts. Please read Paul’s article below and let’s reach these goals together.
Warmly – John Ernst, Executive Director
Men, Community and Idealism – Paul Bendix
Men’s groups? I have been in several over the years. But men’s community – in contemporary America, is there really such a thing? More challenging: can men share a common vision and destiny over time and distance?
Forget it, I thought…as Robert Bly grew older. Without this charismatic leader, surely the Minnesota Men’s Conference would fade.
Wrong. This assumption said more about me than the conference. A core group of idealistic men, varying in age and background, has reinvigorated the annual gathering. They are poised to take the Minnesota Men’s Conference in new directions. All this has renewed my faith in what is humanly possible.
Reminding me that I need idealism, that we all do. And also that great teachers like Robert Bly transfer not only knowledge…but actual power.
Has this happened to me? Has it happened to all of us? Maybe this transfer of power, this gift of life knowledge, is what sustains men in community. Precisely how it happens…well, that’s an enduring mystery. It’s what makes people poets. It’s what brings me to Minnesota annually.
And to quote an old song, from my very distant youth, ‘I’ll See You in September.”
– Paul Bendix