Posts tagged Prayer
Spirituality & Community Organizing

In this moment of disruptive change in our political environment I see both hope and real possibility to integrate traditional community organizing, social movement theory, and spiritual practices in order to bring our whole selves to the work of transforming systems and structures that oppress people and prevent them from realizing and sharing their gifts. 

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Avoiding Volunteer Burnout with Mindful Self-Care

There have been times when I’ve gotten so caught up with volunteering that I’ve neglected my family, and I’ve completely burned-out. This time, I vowed to proceed more consciously. What I ended up embarking on (and tweaking along the way) was a strategy for self-care that enabled me to successfully serve the safe house residents while avoiding volunteer burnout.

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A Prayer Practice: The Prayer of Saint Francis

An afternoon in Tuscany over 40 years ago initiated me into the mystic power of The Prayer of Saint Francis, and everything I have learned since on my search has only deepened my joy at its depth. It seems to me a prayer that transcends any particular religion; in a very few utterly stripped and simple phrases, it condenses the deepest wisdom of the Path of Sacred Activism.

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The Sea Shares Salt With The Breeze, Meeting Refugees in Lesvos, Greece

Becky Thompson reflects on greeting refugees in Greece: "On the first day, traveling along a beach road, I was greeted by a contingent of Syrian university students who had just made it across the Aegean Sea, almost dying after their raft had capsized. They motioned with their hands, explaining how they made their bodies quiet and aligned to keep the raft as steady as possible."

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Attention as Prayer: An interview with Poet and Chaplain, Martha Serpas

"Simone Weil famously said, 'absolute unmixed attention is prayer.' Any activity that allows that kind of attention is a spiritual practice." Martha Serpas talks about this kind of attention in her service as chaplain and in her work as a poet. Take a moment to read her insightful reflections and poetry.

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The Activist as Contemplative: Resting for Social Change

Do you dream of a different world? A better world? A world of healing and reconciliation, of justice and peace? A world where people live as we are meant to live? Do you dedicate your life to its realization? If so, how do you rest in order to sustain your work? In this piece, Rev. Steven Bonsey reflects on his own experience and explores sabbath and centering prayer as holy rest.

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The Activist as Contemplative

What does it mean to let go? The Reverend Steven Bonsey teaches us through his own experience of clinging and of letting go: "One moment I am walking a path on solid ground, the next I am hanging from a branch, weak with exhaustion and despair, trembling with terror and rage. The many cliff-hangers of my life have been my teachers."

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