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Hello Stranger
by Michael Norton and Elizabeth W. Dunn
The New York Times

Do you make eye contact with the stranger sharing the sidewalk with you? Or perhaps strike up a conversation with the cashier while checking out? In this article, Norton and Dunn cite numerous research studies that show how despite our fears and hesitations, connecting with strangers, however brief, brightens our lives. This reminds us of what Ruth Nkemontoh shared in a Still Harbor blog post a few months ago. Small moments of connection are a gift. We invite you to join us in “refus[ing] to accept a world where people look at one another as though through air.”

From Service Learning to Learning Service
by Claire Bennett & Daniela Papi
Stanford Social Innovation Review 

Do good intentions ensure positive results? Bennett and Papi explore this question in the context of increasingly popular international volunteer programs and service models. In response to the critiques and potential dangers of many existing approaches, this article suggests “literally flipping the concept of service learning on its head to become learning service, where learning is not the outcome or byproduct of serving the world but a fundamental part of it…allowing travelers to recognize that to help others, they must be open to changing their own perspectives.” Whether we’re volunteering abroad or living our day-to-day lives, how might we integrate this idea of “learning service” into our actions and behaviors?

Hello from Santa Fe
by Colleen Sharka
Still Harbor Blog: Meditations & Reflections

From Santa Fe, where the annual Spiritual Directors International Conference was held last week, Still Harbor’s Director of Spiritual Formation & Accompaniment, Colleen Sharka, offered a reflection on how transformative the experience was for her. In this post, she shares how wisdom from inspirational keynote presenters and prophetic teachers like Mirabai Starr and Richard Rohr have taken her deeper into a spiritual question that she will continue to carry with her. We invite you to visit our blog to read more.

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