Marquis Hunt, recording artist, interfaith leader, author and thought leader, 9-25-23, Part 1: OTOH episode 49
Glen & April talk with Marquis Hunt, an eclectic community leader who is also a talented saxophonist and recording artist, interfaith leader, author and thought leader. In this first part of the conversation, Marquis traces his origins in his upraising in Arkansas as a Christian, and how it has influenced his current views and work. He also explores his roles in our community as a person of faith who reaches across religious boundaries, as he shares some of his key notions about the intersection of personal morality and spirituality. His creation of an online program - The Flow - during the COVID pandemic led him to numerous conversations in response to the racially tinged environment that arose after the George Floyd and related incidents. He describes a public event at that time in which he took a conciliatory approach to those who often are in position, such as law enforcement, people of color, politicians, and others. Marquis shares his approach to dealing with those who are different, how one can respond with love despite being treated at times with bias or other forms of mistreatment. You'll find intriguing his comparisons of his work as a jazz musician with approaches to interacting with others in potentially difficult situations.