Americans Who Tell the Truth artist and educator Robert Shetterly unveiled his new portrait of Rob McCall at a recent public event held at the Blue Hill Public Library on May 12th. The event was co-sponsored by Blue Hill Heritage Trust and WERU Community Radio. At the the unveiling McCall spoke and then he and his wife Becky led the 150 people in attendance in song. Listen to audio recorded of the event.
Listen to the May 3rd conversation been Shetterly and McCall on RadioActive with host Meredith DeFrancesco (Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.).
Rob McCall’s Awanadjo Almanack is a long-time listener favorite on WERU and can be heard every Friday morning at 7:30 and Sunday morning at 8:30, as well as in our archive of the feature. His popular commentaries are also available any time in our public affairs archives at weru.org.
McCall is greatly admired in this area and beyond as the pastor (retired in 2014) of the First Congregational Church in Blue Hill and as the writer and voice of the popular Awanadjo Almanack on WERU and in Blue Hill’s Weekly Packet and Penobscot Bay Press, as well as monthly in Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors.
McCall’s commentaries of insight into nature, political opinion through nature’s lens, and musings into all things spiritual and poetical are both thought provoking and inspiring. As he says, “The Almanack is devoted to feeling at home in nature and breaking down the wall of hostility between us and the rest of creation.”
The Americans Who Tell the Truth portraits — now numbering over 235 — travel to schools, colleges, museums, churches and libraries all over the United States to promote engaged and courageous citizenship. “Rob McCall’s portrait will be a great addition to this project,” Shetterly says. “And I know of no greater contemporary nature writer and no greater source of wisdom for how we must think of ourselves in relation to nature if we want to survive on this planet.”
“I don’t care what you believe, frankly. I don’t care if you believe that Christ was actually bodily resurrected from the condition of being clinically dead, or if you believe it’s all a silly myth. I don’t care what you believe. I care what you love. If you love the Creator and the creatures and your neighbor and yourself and your family and your enemy and the Earth and the Great Mystery, then what in the world do you need beliefs for? And if you don’t love these, what earthly good will beliefs do you anyway?”
Photo: Rob Shetterly, Rob McCall and Becky McCall