Pete Seeger turns 90 tomorrow. There is going to be a big celebration at Madison Sqaure Garden. Performers include Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Billy Bragg and many more. Pete is certainly a kindred spirit as far as this Quaker is concerned. I saw him once in 2003 at a small congegational church is Greenwich NY and talked with him briefly. I remember asking him who he was reading lately and he mentioned Barbara Kingsolver and Arundhati Roy. I don't know that he professes any religious belief and I could care less actually. Many of the best (and most Quakerly) people I know are non-religious.

This reminds me of that famous quote:

The humble, meek, merciful, just, pious, and devout souls are everywhere of one religion; and when death has taken off the mask they will know one another, though the diverse liveries they wear here makes them strangers.

William Penn, 1693



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Comment by Lisa Hubbell on 5th mo. 6, 2009 at 12:43am
Democracy Now did a 45-minute segment on Pete's birthday, which closed with him reflecting on the parable of the sower:
http://www.democracynow.org/2009/5/4/legendary_folk_singer_activist_pete_seeger

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