Facilitators are members of the Pachamama Alliance community who step into leadership by hosting Symposiums and spreading the message of Up to Us.
- Location: Bonita Springs, Florida, United States
- Primary Language: English
- Website: The Work of James Reho
As a Facilitator, I am Committed to
- Symposium Presenter
- Symposium Host
- Symposium Producer
- Community Coordinator
I have delivered 2 events with a total of 96 attendees.
I am an Episcopal priest, a yogi, a workshop leader, and an author (Tantric Jesus: The Erotic Heart of Early Christianity, with a Foreword by Matthew Fox, Destiny Books, 2017). I am the pastor of an open, inclusive, and justice-oriented Lutheran-Episcopal church in Southwest Florida and also write for journals and magazines that focus on interspirituality and sacred ecology. My preaching focuses on unveiling how Jesus' life was (as Gandhi noted) a model for nonviolent resistence against "empire" and a model for a new world in which all creatures flourish and their/our connections are honored and celebrated.
My Pachamama Alliance affiliation came after viewing the ATD symposium during a long flight, and I immediately knew that I had found a community that was both pragmatic and spiritual, grounded in ancient wisdom yet engaged in the pressing issues of our time. I found, and continue to find, the vision and materials of the Pachamama Alliance to be inspiring, engaging, and empowering. I was deeply moved through participating in the Game Changer Intensive, and in August 2017 I will take a Pachamama Journey into the Ecuadorian Amazon to meet and learn from the Achuar people.
Over the years my spirituality and teaching has become more and more earth-centered, and through study of early Christianity, Tantra, and Celtic Christian teachers, I have come to believe that our relationship with Pachamama is the pivotical spiritual question of our age. Therefore I am grateful for the opportunity to work with and within the Pachamama Alliance, as I want nothing else but to dedicate my life to furthering the vision of an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on the planet.
I am also a leader and developer of sacred ritual and interspiritual experience, most notably developing the Awakening Kirtan Mass in Miami, now active in Estero, FL. I am a musician, traveler, and lover of the beaches and rivers of Southwest Florida, being a distance swimmer and avid paddle boarder. I also connect deeply with the mountains and forests of northern New Mexico, an important setting for another part of my story. I'm proficient in Spanish and have studied Greek, Latin, Chinese (Mandarin) and German. You can find out more about me, and read some of my articles, at jamesreho.org.
Why I'm a Pachamama Alliance Facilitator
In facilitating ATD symposia, I have seen people of all ages have their hearts opened to both the dire situation of Pachamama and the human family as well as become inspired to engage in changing the "dream" of the corporatocracy.
I remember in particular a fairly uninvolved and dissociated student in a university class of mine, who after participating in the ATD Symposium (an extra credit project for the class), came up and hugged me and said with tears in her eyes, "This has changed my life." I know that she, and others like her, can change the dream of the developed world and restore health and sanity to our human family.
Events I've hosted as a facilitator:
- I hosted a Symposium in Fort Myers on March 4, 2017
- I hosted a Symposium in Fort Myers on October 29, 2016
This is who inspires me
The person who inspires me the most is Archbishop Desmond Tutu. His ability to courageously engage the injustices in South Africa, yet remain loving and compassionate and nonviolent, is a tribute to the human spirit and to the best of Christian spirituality. He is humorous, wise, and treats every individual as a being of ultimate value. His life has made a deep difference to many, yet he remains a humble and grounded person: a true living saint!
What I'm passionate about
I am passionate about exploring and experiencing how spiritual experience and activist engagement enhance and complement each other. I am passionate about the ethical treatment of animals and teaching how the option to eat as a vegan not only prevents cruelty to animals but also helps heal the planet through alleviating much of the burden put on the earth through raising cattle, etc. I am also passionate about studying and teaching the original, powerful spiritual vision of the church, especially the Celtic church, which resonantes perfectly with that of the Pachamama Alliance.