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Feb 03, 2016

In observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week, we share these videos from our

Feb 01, 2016

If only we can overcome cruelty, to human and animal, with love and compassion we shall stand at the threshold of a new era in human moral and spiritual evolution—and realize, at last, our most

Jan 29, 2016

The first week in February is World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Feb 06

Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand. --Baruch Spinoza

Feb 05

Last year, we caught up with Hanan Harchol, creator of the wonderful Jewish Food For Thought: The Animated Series. Check out our interview with Hanan and take a spin with him and his father as they discuss forgiveness!

Feb 05

In nature every moment is new; the past is always swallowed and forgotten; the coming only is sacred. Nothing is secure but life, transition, the energizing spirit. No love can be bound by oath or covenant to secure it against a higher love. No truth so sublime but it may be trivial tomorrow in the light of new thoughts. People wish to be settled. Only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them. --Ralph Waldo Emerson Photo: CX15 via Flickr, http://bit.ly/20EuhCP (CC by 2.0 http://bit.ly/1LmJVNu)

Feb 04

Most companies pay little attention to how employees are—or should be—feeling. They don’t realize how central emotions are to building the right culture.

Feb 04

Our heartfelt congratulations to Herb Massie, recipient of the Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) 2016 Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year Award! http://bit.ly/1nPMVdl A community artist, teacher, sculptor, and Director of Community Engagement for Baltimore Clayworks, Herb uses clay as a vehicle for healing, advocacy, and community building. "When it comes to clay, there is something spiritual about it," he says. Learn more about Herb and his work in Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Webber's “Trial by Fire,” a short documentary about Baltimore Clayworks. http://bit.ly/1GptvCy

Feb 04

When we love and respect people, revealing to them their value, they can begin to come out from behind the walls that protect them. --Jean Vanier Photo: jorgeyu via Morguefile.com

Feb 03

While we may speak of tolerating and even loving diversity, avoiding the shadow fosters a living ethic that works against these democratic callings, both in our social and intra-psychic world.

Feb 03

It is easy to fall into the habit of condemning those who transgress. In one of our Consider Forgiveness videos, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Bhai Mohinder Singh, and Miroslav Volf encourage us to separate the sin from the sinner. “You hit the sin. You don’t hit the sinner," says Bhai Molinder Singh. "The sinner is weak, like you." In observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week, we are sharing this and other videos from our Consider Forgiveness series.

Feb 03

I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love. --Henry Ward Beecher Photo: Danielle MacInnes via Unsplash.com

Feb 02

"It is precisely in a period of great spiritual and societal hunger like our own that we most need to open minds, hearts, and memories to those times when women and men actually dreamed of new possibilities for our nation, for our world, and for their own lives." In honor of Black History Month, we share this excerpt from late Civil Rights veteran, Vincent Harding’s essay, “Is America Possible?” part of our Deepening the American Dream series. In it, he recalls a pilgrimage he took in 2005 to trace the roads travelled and honor the events that shaped the Civil Rights Movement. #BlackHistoryMonth

Feb 02

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Feb 01

As we prepared our February practice (http://bit.ly/1NMdJj8), we invited staff to share images of their animal companions to accompany the post. We received so many gems that we compiled them in this heartwarming video. We invite you to meet the extended Fetzer family!

Feb 01

If only we can overcome cruelty, to human and animal, with love and compassion we shall stand at the threshold of a new era in human moral and spiritual evolution—and realize, at last, our most unique quality: humanity. —Jane Goodall Overcoming cruelty means living our lives consciously, aware of how our behaviors impact other sentient beings around the globe. This month, join us as we renew our efforts to walk lightly on the earth and to behave as if we are connected to every other sentient being.

Feb 01

Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayers. --Maya Angelou Photo: Koan via Morguefile.com

Jan 31

I do believe it is possible to create, even without ever writing a word or painting a picture, by simply molding one’s inner life. And that too is a deed. --Etty Hillesum Photo: Alby Headrick via Flickr, http://bit.ly/1YBLYAe (CC by 2.0 http://bit.ly/1EASfBm)

Jan 30

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. --John Gardner This image is thanks to Gillian, our very own doodler extraordinaire!

Jan 29

“The day we were born, we were given our own unique toolbox. When you open that toolbox, you'll see all the gifts you've been given...You don't need the toolbox when everything is working great, but when something goes wrong, you have to go to the toolbox.” Tomorrow at 9 a.m. PST, author Carolyn Gable will discuss "Tapping into One's Personal Toolbox" on ServiceSpace's Awakin Call.

Jan 29

Love and gratitude to our workmate, teacher, and friend Ruth Dobbins for her 23+ years of service! We’ll miss seeing you every day and look forward to our continued friendship.

Jan 29

Forgiveness is a tough thing… Forgiveness comes sometimes in droplets, in bits and pieces. We need to think of [forgiveness] as a practice, as living into something... --Miroslav Volf Next week is the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week. With the prevalence of violence, suffering, inequities, fear, and bigotry around the world, forgiveness is one, among many practices, that can help us heal. In honor of World Interfaith Harmony Week, we share several videos from our Consider Forgiveness series featuring religious leaders and scholars speaking about forgiveness.

Jan 29

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings. --Thomas Merton Image: abstractexpressionist via Morguefile.com

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Feb 06

San Quentin prisoners learn accountability, #love, #forgiveness in @InSightOutOrg program. https://t.co/2tTE7vCimW https://t.co/KEyM5k2SNM

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Feb 06

RT @OliveMercies: @FetzerInstitute Weep & wax indignant, for these are human expressions of a heart tender enough to care. After the tears,…

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Feb 06

Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand. --Baruch Spinoza https://t.co/jOt5idsG8i

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Feb 05

RT @pconversations: What does it mean to show up w/ all of yourself? #truth @couragerenewal @FetzerInstitute https://t.co/wOG2gpG4N6 https:…

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Feb 05

Take A Transformative Ride with Hanan Harchol: #Forgiveness https://t.co/4S87P8Rf54 #InterfaithHarmonyWeek https://t.co/mOrGOcZ0Xb

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Feb 05

Verité: Battling Exploitation with Awareness https://t.co/zGdgVg8QtZ @VeriteNews https://t.co/fDHQc2FrLr

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Feb 05

Spirituality & Practice e-course: The Gift of Life by Thomas Keating, Mary Anne Best, Susan Rush starts 2/10. https://t.co/gwRRcymS4t

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Feb 05

Religious Leaders Consider #Forgiveness: Sin, Sinner, #Apology https://t.co/WWcyuISAkj #InterfaithHarmonyWeek https://t.co/GyLrvtFIln

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Feb 05

RT @brainpicker: Van Gogh on art and the power of love, in beautiful letters to his brother https://t.co/6VzkMRVoyF https://t.co/MTJff4n5vU

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Feb 05

RT @PeaceJam: “More courage is required to forgive than is required to take up arms.” - Jose Ramos-Horta

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