Stephen Gerringer has devoted the past fifteen years to the collaboration that is the
Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF). After growing up in a relatively small, authoritarian
Christian cult, his personal beliefs took a decidedly libertarian turn in college. After
graduation and a few years of political activism, a major health crisis interrupted his post-
college career trajectory, which prompted a deep inward turn. Stephen subsequently
“dropped out” and spent most of the next decade on the road, thumbing his away across
the country on his own hero quest.
Stephen did eventually “drop back in,” accepting a position teaching English and
Literature in junior high. After 9/11, inspired by Campbell’s advice to “follow your bliss,
and doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors,” he
resigned to pursue his interest in creativity and the mythic imagination.
At the Joseph Campbell Foundation, Stephen’s responsibilities over the years have been
many and varied, most often focusing on community – from composing newsletters,
planning special events, moderating online discussion forums, and helping coordinate
JCF’s Mythological RoundTable® Program, to overseeing collaborations with other
institutions and organizations, accepting invitations to speak on mythic themes, and
participating in educational initiatives.
Stephen is also the author of JCF’s Practical Campbell series – comprehensive essays
covering topics ranging from ritual regicide to the mythology of breath. His primary task
at the moment is editing a volume compiled from little known print and audio interviews
with Joseph Campbell.
Stephen often describes himself, only half tongue-in-cheek, as “a hindu, buddhist, taoist,
gnostic, pagan, shamanistic, psychedelic, wiccan deadhead who believes Everything –
which doesn’t mean I’ll believe just anything.”
November 20th, 2018 | 2 hrs 6 mins
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For the past 15 years, Stephen Gerringer has collaborated with the Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF) —a global community of artists, scholars, writers, educators, and questers—to preserve, protect, and perpetuate the work of Joseph Campbell.
Hour 1: Stephen takes us back to his formative years and highlights the turning points that led him to the work of Joseph Campbell.
Hour 2: Stephen provides a brief biography of Joseph Campbell and details how the story sequence of events Campbell coined The Hero’s Journey applies to ordinary people.
Connect with Stephen Gerringer and the Joseph Campbell Foundation https://www.jcf.org/
The Carleena Show features in-depth conversations with guests from around the world. Host Carleena Angwin is a writer, public health professional, and former Peace Corps Volunteer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. https://carleena.fireside.fm/
Correction: When discussing young Joe's readings on American Indians, Stephen mentioned "Fraser Boas." He meant to say Franz Boas, considered "the father of American anthropology".