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Aug 29, 2016

Finding inner peace requires us to hold perhaps the most subtle and yet most difficult tension of all: the tension between reality and possibility.

Aug 12, 2016

In “Breaking the Cultural Trance: Insight and Vision in America

Aug 01, 2016

It’s easy to react to each day’s news and events (personal and public) with raw emotion, adding to waves of anger, grief, and even calls for retribution well before the facts are in.

Aug 29

"It is difficult not to respond to violence and hatred with anger and a wish for revenge. In fact, we’re awash in rage and vengeful rhetoric. The 'you’re either with us or against us' narrative seems to be playing on a continuous loop, ignoring a complicated reality, and encouraging a dangerous mindset." Remembering the bombing of the Bologna Central Train Station in August, 1980, prompted this reflection and how “standing in the tragic gap” might help us consider different, longer-term approaches to curbing violence.

Aug 29

I will not play at tug o' war. I'd rather play at hug o' war. Where everyone hugs Instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles And rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, And everyone grins, And everyone cuddles, And everyone wins. --Shel Silverstein

Aug 28

“I had every belief that that congregation would be so excited when they could hear that Martin Luther King, Jr., wanted to come to their church.” Rev. Joan Brown Campbell recalls the mixed reactions when Rev. King came to speak at her church in Shaker Heights, Ohio. As her story reveals, creating a beloved community requires nonviolence, compassion, courage, reconciliation, and as King said, “a love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men [and women].” What challenges have you experienced on the road to building a beloved community? #ihaveadream

Aug 28

I want to live like that: To gather the losses of my life, the crashes... bitter medicine in fragile bottles… Then spin them into soft tender thread, weave that thread into love, to give away again. --Rita Bresnahan

Aug 27

Forgiveness of self emerges when we understand that even with our own actions we do not have total control. Nobody is perfect. Everybody makes mistakes. We all make bad decisions and act from poor information. Being human means you and I will fail at some things and cause other people harm. --Fred Luskin

Aug 26

Business at the cafe is still picking up, but owner Amin Sheikh is OK with that. He tells his staff that all good things take time. "See, I don't want to be a business. I want to get people to be human beings." ICYMI, here's a heartwarming NPR story to take in to your weekend.

Aug 26

When you love someone, the best thing you can offer him or her is your presence. --Thich Nhat Hanh

Aug 25

Is your congregation or group looking for educational resources? Our friends at Spirituality & Practice offer a wealth of custom e-courses and online retreats that can be used as a program for congregations, discussion groups, or spirituality circles.

Aug 25

If the only prayer you say in your whole life is "Thank you," that would suffice. --Meister Eckhart

Aug 24

"We need to honor diversity at the surface level and unity at the heart level, so that we can include all of these perspectives and move towards a more compassionate, harmonious Earth. I think that is the task of our time—and we are ready for it." Francisco (“Pancho”) Ramos-Stierle is a fulltime volunteer for ServiceSpace, and a founding resident of Casa de Paz (House of Peace) at Canticle Farm, an urban organic farm worked entirely by volunteers, with product that is distributed as a gift throughout the community.

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Nobel Laureate Betty Williams speaks to the difficulty and power of non-violence. https://t.co/CFGFH3BV6T

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RT @GarrisonInst: Can #cellphones cause a lack of #empathy? #mindfultechnology @Rewire_Me https://t.co/HIgfFUi8mR

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RT @CACRadicalGrace: We start with self at the center to build a necessary “ego structure”; we then must move beyond it. @RichardRohrOFM ht…

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Our friends at @Wisdom2conf are partnering with @WanderlustFest for Wisdom 2.0 Los Angeles, 9/30-10/1. Details: https://t.co/zTcz6HriYo

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"What did you want to be when you grew up?" Jack Ridl shares his first boss' surprising answer. https://t.co/HgjPm9hWXb

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Looking at underlying causes and long term solutions to violence takes patience and “standing in the tragic gap.” https://t.co/kyJ48dLFG3

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RT @onbeing: "There is so much to admire, to weep over. And to write music or poems about." ~Mary Oliver https://t.co/zqUwmxXHcu https://t.…

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I will not play at tug o' war. I'd rather play at hug o' war. Where everyone hugs Instead of tugs... --Shel Silverstein

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Joan Brown Campbell recalls the mixed reactions when Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at her church. https://t.co/k6JhlydFCT #belovedcommunity

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Spirituality and Practice's "Lovingkindness Meditation" e-course with @SylviaBoorstein begins 9/5. https://t.co/3LZTwUc7VL

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