One day in 2013, Ann Tickner was introducing a young soon-to-be-married couple to Block Island. They asked what the Island had been like in the 1970s. “Less discovered then,” Ann said, and recalled that many of the people she had met on the Island had been activists in the peace and social justice movements. She told of climbing a cliff to a lovely spot overlooking the ocean, where she found a seated Daniel Berrigan. Her friends’ interest led Ann, with help from the Block Island Historical Society, to convene some Islanders to gather their stories about their experiences with Berrigan, William Stringfellow, and Anthony Towne. None of this had ever been recorded. Soon a project was born.
Dennis A. O’Toole, Project Director
Susan Hagedorn, Filmmaker
Ann Tickner, Concept Developer and Editor
Ken Yellis, Exhibition Developer
Brian Jones, Exhibition & Graphic Designer
Karl Rozyn, Researcher
Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson, Chaplain, Brown University
Dr. Daniel Cowdin, Professor, Religious and Theological Studies and Humanities, Salve Regina University
Dr. Jayme Hennessy, Associate Professor of Religious and Theological Studies, Salve Regina University
Jim Wallis, Sojourners
Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellerman, Pastor, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Detroit
The Project Team and Participating venues are grateful for the financial support of
The Charlotte Foundation
The Roosa Fund, Block Island, RI, Patrick Tengwall, Administrator
Seedworks Film Foundation, Block Island, RI, Susan Hagedorn, Trustee
The Puffin Foundation, Teaneck, NJ, Gladys Miller-Rosenstein, Executive Director
Trudy and Dennis O’Toole
Amy Jaffe and Eliot Nerenberg
This project was supported by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities,
an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for Humanities.
Seeking Shelter will inspire people in their own communities by sharing the story of William Stringfellow, Daniel Berrigan, and Block Island — a witness of faith, place and resistance.