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Love Shifts Us to Others to Us

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Wajahat Ali shares his experience being seen as both a “citizen” and “suspect” — an American with immigrant parents.

How does love lead you to hope in seemingly hopeless times? When you tap into that hope, how do you share it with others? This month our We Conspire series invites us to explore ways to enter a time of new beginnings grounded in love. 

Columnist, public speaker, and recovering attorney Wajahat Ali uses universal narratives told through a culturally specific lens to help cultivate a more compassionate America. His new book, Go Back to Where You Came From: And, Other Helpful Recommendations on Becoming American, is a deeply compelling analysis of racism, power, and culture — giving us an opportunity to reflect on our role in building a more welcoming world. 

Click to Watch: How do you find a loving stance when life throws difficulties in your way? Wajahat Ali explores 3 Lessons on Hope in Challenging Times in this 16-minute TED Talk. 

Finding hope begins when we make a clear decision to approach suffering and hatred with goodness and love, following the example Jesus himself taught. The contemplative path inspires the kind of transformation needed to act out of love and solidarity with the suffering of the world. 

Click to Watch: Wajahat Ali discusses the experiences behind his book Go Back to Where You Came From: And, Other Helpful Recommendations on Becoming American in this 5-minute interview on MSNBC. 

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We Conspire is a series from the Center for Action and Contemplation featuring wisdom and stories from the emerging Christian contemplative movement. Sign up for the monthly email series and receive a free invitation to practice each month.

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