Serving, Listening, Striving or Not?



Still Harbor facilitators, Ed Cardoza, Perry Dougherty, and Julie Barnes, have just returned from two weeks of co-leading the Training Institute with Global Health Corps. This year there are 128 fellows from 22 countries going to work at 53 partner organizations! Still Harbor's 'A Life of Service' curriculum offers a series of sessions dedicated to exploring the personal, communal, and inspirational dimensions of each fellow’s call, capacity, and commitment to making change in the world. We consider ourselves blessed to support the beauty and depth of this new class of fellows’ individual and shared purpose in the world. Here we offer blog posts from two of the incredible fellows (many more to come, we're sure):

First-Time Visitor to the U.S.: An African Writer Reflects on Culture and Food
by Caroline Numuhire
Seeds of Hope Blog

To Fellows, With Love
by Melissa Otterbein
Like Birds on Trees Blog

To find out more about Still Harbor’s services and curricula for non-profit organizations, contact Perry Dougherty at 


Gaza shooting victim: ‘It all starts with us listening to one another’
by Diane Cho

How do you receive the stories of others? On charged issues, how do you create the space to listen? As the conflict escalates in Gaza, Yousef Bashir reflects on his personal experience, sharing: “‘the fact that one Israeli shot me and many Israelis saved my life showed me the importance of my dad’s philosophy for peace.’” This article and interview highlight one of many stories to listen to as we seek to understand the path to peace and to grapple with separation.


Meditation for Strivers
by Jacob Rubin
The New Yorker 

“How did strivers everywhere come to appropriate a twenty-five-hundred-year-old philosophy of non-striving?” asks Rubin. Is this a paradox or does it make sense? Offering a brief history of the assimilation of eastern Buddhist principles into our fast-paced, modern Western world in this review, he notes: "In a famously distracted age, it’s not surprising that a practice meant to bolster focus and equanimity has emerged as the aid of the moment, just as yoga has gained in popularity as we’ve become more estranged from our bodies and more attached to cubicles, computer screens, and cars."

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