THE BLOWTORCH READINGS
are monthly community-based events anchored in the most important texts of our time. On the 8th of each month, groups gather around the nation to read aloud from charters, constitutions, treaties, encyclicals, legal proceedings, Supreme Court opinions, essays, and other written works addressing human rights and responsibilities. The goal is to make basic knowledge about local, state, national, and international agreements and norms accessible to all.
The Blowtorch Readings lie at the intersection of the candlelight vigil and the Fireside Chat, two contrasting instruments of communication that have historically addressed moral, ethical, social, and political issues. The image of the blowtorch is a new symbol of unity: a metaphorical fire, lit by many, that is precise and unrelenting.