The sacred: what does it mean to you? How do you access it, and what does that connection mean for you? Your communities? Our world?
This week at Fetzer, Dr.
With the summer solstice upon us, we thought it a ripe occasion to share a reflection on the season by Parker Palmer.
Tonight at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET: Watch Pico Iyer & Zoila Mendoza share personal experiences with #pilgrimage in the Global Spirit program "Sacred Travel: The Pilgrimage Experience" on Link TV or streamed online at http://bit.ly/1RJPaWU. The program will be followed by a live Webcast with Phil Cousineau, Iyer, and Mendoza.
What does the sacred mean to you? How do you access it, and what does that connection mean in your life? Your community? The world? With our partners at Global Spirit we've been exploring the sacred through a new program "Sacred Travel: The Pilgrimage Experience" that airs tomorrow night on Link TV.
Today, we honor civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs on her 100th birthday! After a tumultuous week, she reminds us of the power of love to transform. She also gives us hope in this short video on Being Human http://bit.ly/1GxXTpO. "In the middle of catastrophe…" she says, "people, particularly people who have already suffered, see an opportunity to evolve to another stage of humanity." Visit the Boggs Center site for more on Grace's work and birthday celebrations. http://boggscenter.org/
Forgiveness has received a lot of coverage this week given recent and all-to-frequent violence. Coverage, commentary and interpretations of forgiveness have been flying across our screens. If you haven't yet read Omid Safi's thoughtful On Being with Krista Tippett essay, "Is America Possible?: Forgiveness, Justice & Charleston," it is worth reading. Invoking Vincent Harding’s provocative piece, “Is America Possible?” (an essay in our Deepening the American Dream series, http://bit.ly/1xrmiIe) Omid declares "We're gonna stick with love, because hate is too heavy a burden to bear, because the alternative is to lose the very divine gift that makes us human. Even now. Especially now. The answer is still love. May love feature in this forgiveness, and may it always be linked to the insistence that love show up in the public space as the justice that will redeem our public square." We know that there are deep wounds to heal here in the US and around the globe. Vincent Harding addressed his essay to "companions on the journey of hope.” May we all be such companions and rise to the challenge of love in the face of difficulty. As Grace Lee Boggs, longtime social activist who turns 100 tomorrow says, “You’re not going to transform anything unless you love it.”
Historic Day for #MarriageEquality! StoryCorps #OutLoud has been honoring LGBTQ lives, history and extraordinary acts from ordinary people. David Wilson, plaintiff in 2004 decision to legalize same-sex marriage in MA, remembers his first partner and struggling with the discrimination. Listen here:
"We will never have our mothers and fathers back," writes Raghvinder Singh whose father was one of the victims of the hate-based mass shooting in the Sikh gurudwara of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in 2012. "But we can draw upon their inspiration to fight for a more peaceful world with love and optimism."
The Shift Network's Summer of Peace has begun. As part of this three month online event, they are offering four special summits, including the Global Compassion Summit from July 7 - 9. The summit features James Doty, MD; Dacher Keltner; Roshi Joan Halifax; Kristin Neff; Matthieu Ricard and many others. Find details and register at the link.
Forgiving...is the moral action of one individual that starts as a private act, an unseen decision within the human heart. Only as the forgiveness grows does it stream outward toward the offender. One may forgive and not reconcile, but one never truly reconciles without some form of forgiving taking place. --Robert Enright Photo: stweedlie via Morguefile.com