Responding, Managing, Hearing


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The World Abandoned Jewish refugees in 1939; Will We Do the Same for Syria?
by Daniel Gastfriend
Huffington Post

“How many children must die for the global community to protect the fleeing victims of war?” As we read the news feeds about the Syrian refugee crisis and see the faces of the countless victims of war—children and families looking for safety and opportunity—what is our role? What is our response? Gastfriend points us to lessons we should have learned by now in helping drive home his belief: “While the dynamics driving today's crisis are complex, the imperative to help is blindingly clear.” How might you help?

See also “Invisible Children” in Anchor, which explores the dignity, lives, and strength of some of the Syrian children who have had to flee their homes and start anew.


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Manage Stress by Knowing What You Value
by David Brendel
Harvard Business Review

Do you have a process of philosophical self-reflection? Can you articulate your worldview for yourself? This article helps us all connect the dots between purpose, values, and resilience. Stress management techniques are a big part of how one cultivates and sustains resilience, and often the best technique is aligning to and connecting with to a sense of purpose that has meaning in the world. Brendel writes, “Attaining clarity on core values and a philosophical worldview, helps individuals develop steadiness in the face of stressful events.” How might you bring greater intention to exploring your purpose and values as a form of self-care?


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Answering Rosh Hashanah's Call
by Sara Debbie Gutfreund
The Jewish Voice

With Rosh Hashanah approaching, we share this brief reflection in which Gutfreund encourages us all to pause and consider how far we may have wandered from our Source of life. Using the poignant metaphor of the feeling a mother gets when her young child has wandered off, Gutfreund calls our attention to God’s call and the meaning of Rosh Hashanah, writing, “Today is the beginning of time. Today we remember and are remembered. Today we see that we did not create ourselves, and that we cannot survive on our own.” Are you hearing a call?


Still Harbor spiritual director Ed Cardoza will join Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries for an evening discussion about Thomas Merton and activism on Oct. 14 at St. Peter's Church in Cambridge. Registration required.

Still Harbor Executive Director Perry Dougherty will be giving a keynote address for the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services at their annual meeting in the Hudson Valley on Sept. 18. Join her if you're in the area!