Holy Heretic Devotional – Jan. 11, 2017-Sheros and Heroes



Compiled by Holy Heretic/Freelance Agent Benjamin Silas Foster

“The only thing that’s been a worse flop than the organization of non-violence has been the organization of violence.” -Joan Baez

With a lifetime career in the music industry as a songwriter and folk singer, as a proprietor of social justice, and as a poet the caliber of Bob Dylan or Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez has dedicated herself to spreading the message of peace, love, and equality, through her life and her work. Baez has been an unceasing voice, drawing light to a multitude of struggles even before coming into the music scene in the 1960s. Becoming friends with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the late 50s would propel Baez’s political and social beliefs and find her becoming heavily involved with civil rights demonstrations as well as the anti-war movement. In more recent years, Baez has been an advocate for everything from the Occupy Wall street movement and ending war in Iraq to LGBT rights and ending poverty.

Baez, who is multilingual, has released more than 30 albums of material shining light on her ongoing messages of hope, peace, and love, in at least six different languages. After performing legendary folk songwriter Pete Seeger’s “We Shall Overcome” at the 1963 March on Washington, Baez has developed a permanent link with the song. Often times Baez, now 76, still performs the song, along with a cover of another Pete Seeger classic “Joe Hill,” written about the revolutionary labor activist, at protests and activist events.

Today’s Action: Write your own lyrics, or poetry, to reflect any number of issues, messages, or prayers that have been laid on your heart.

Today’s Sharing: Be sure to share your lyrics or poetry with the community and with us at the Holy Heretic Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine.


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