Tag Archives: Compassion

Prophetic Honesty

Judaism Prophetic Honesty Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Divine knowledge is always rooted in the details of ordinary life. The aim of all knowledge or visionary ecstasy is to increase the power of hesed [steadfast love] and compassionate action. . . . It is alive with the awareness of the holiness of Creation and the boundlessness… Continue Reading Prophetic Honesty

Taoism and Buddhism: Weekly Summary

Taoism and Buddhism Summary: Sunday, August 19-Friday, August 24, 2018 The classic Tao Te Ching . . . reveals how both action and contemplation are paths to experiencing harmony, peace, and unity amidst diversity. —Lama Surya Das (Sunday) At first light, Siddhartha turned and looked at the day star with awakened eyes, as the Buddha—meaning… Continue Reading Taoism and Buddhism: Weekly Summary

Mindfulness

Taoism and Buddhism Mindfulness Friday, August 24, 2018 Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.  —Thich Nhat Hanh [1] Thich Nhat Hanh, the beloved Buddhist monk, explores the meaning of the… Continue Reading Mindfulness

Being Peace

Taoism and Buddhism Being Peace Thursday, August 23, 2018 Paul Knitter has been an activist for peace and justice since the 1980’s. He is inspired by Engaged Buddhism, a term coined by Thich Nhat Hanh, which brings insights from Buddhist practice and teaching to social, political, environmental, and economic injustice: Buddhists are much more concerned… Continue Reading Being Peace

Eucharist: Weekly Summary

Eucharist Summary: Sunday, July 22-Friday, July 27, 2018 More than a theological statement that requires intellectual assent, the Eucharist is an invitation to socially experience the shared presence of God, and to be present in an embodied way. (Sunday) Jesus’ most consistent social action was eating in new ways and with new people, encountering those… Continue Reading Eucharist: Weekly Summary

Nurturing Empathy

Politics: Week 2 Nurturing Empathy Friday, July 20, 2018 Sister of Social Service Simone Campbell, famously known as “the nun on the bus,” is one of the most passionately and compassionately engaged faith leaders I know. In last fall’s issue of Oneing, the Center for Action and Contemplation’s journal, she offered some practical wisdom for… Continue Reading Nurturing Empathy

Economy: Week 1 Summary

Economy: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, June 24-Friday, June 29, 2018 There is no authentic God experience that does not situate you in the world in a different way. You see things differently, and you have the security to be free from your usual loyalties: privilege, position, group, and economy. (Sunday) What is Western culture’s primary… Continue Reading Economy: Week 1 Summary

Wounded Healers

Justice: Week 1 Wounded Healers Friday, June 15, 2018 Bryan Stevenson (b. 1959) is a lawyer, social justice activist, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. [1] In his book Just Mercy, Stevenson describes how being in touch with our own humanity and need… Continue Reading Wounded Healers

Sermon on the Mount: Week 1 Summary

Sermon on the Mount: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, January 28-Friday, February 2, 2018 Jesus was a wisdom teacher, within an ancient tradition called sophia perennis, which is in fact at the headwaters of all the great religious traditions of the world today. —Cynthia Bourgeault (Sunday) Our supreme purpose in life is not to make a… Continue Reading Sermon on the Mount: Week 1 Summary

Field Hospital on the Edge of the Battlefield

Contemplation in Action: Week 1 Field Hospital on the Edge of the Battlefield Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Francis of Assisi taught us the importance of living close to the poor, the marginalized, the outcasts in society. The outer poverty, injustice, and absurdity around us mirror our own inner poverty, injustice, and absurdity. The poor man… Continue Reading Field Hospital on the Edge of the Battlefield

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