The more I study such “sacred activists” as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dorothy Day, I realize that not only is an activism that is grounded in spirituality more effective and more sustainable in creating social change than one that is not, it is also increasingly impossible to personally separate my own spirituality from my … Continue reading Millennial Leaders Project Essay REVISED
In the circles I frequent, the term “holding space” gets thrown around a lot. Well-meaning hippie and New Age-y folk use it a lot to mean something like “witnessing someone in a highly-charged emotional state without trying to fix or change.” It's really an amazing skill in vulnerability and acceptance to allow another person feel … Continue reading What does it mean to hold space?
I'm still supposed to be working on my wedding assignment, but can't stop thinking about the weekend's Sacred Activism workshop. It's pretty hard to focus on a pretend wedding when a very real world is on fire and my heart is yearning to fly into sacred service. Not to mention the fact that it's pretty … Continue reading Why marry?
I sit here, in a Park Slope penthouse, “babysitting” an 11-year-old. I sit here, lost more in my thoughts about this weekend's Sacred Activism workshop than in the assignment for seminary whose due date is looming ahead of me. The assignment? To write an interfaith wedding ceremony, replete with rituals and words about love and … Continue reading What does it take to be a sacred activist?
A mere few hours into this Sacred Activism workshop, I'm already bursting with more thoughts and stayed in for lunch so I could get them down... For one of our first exercises of the workshop, we wrote three sentences about what we know in regards to sacred activism. The only real instruction was to be … Continue reading What are you doing for lunch?
This weekend, I am going to be a student in Andrew Harvey's Sacred Activism workshop. What is “sacred activism”? According to Harvey's website, “sacred activism is a transforming force of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual knowledge, courage, love, and passion, with wise radical action in the world.” Basically, we've got … Continue reading What are you doing this weekend?
As I made my way to the train station yesterday morning, I came upon an immense swath of sidewalk that had obviously not been shoveled or salted at all during recent snow- and rainfalls here in New York City. The sidewalk was as smooth as a freshly-Zamboni-ed baby's bottom. I found myself treading very carefully, … Continue reading Is smooth sailing always optimal?
Every other week, I have the amazing privilege to offer Reiki, a modality of energy work, to young people who happen to be homeless at the moment. I get to turn a cluttered, tiny art room into a healing space. The art that has come from art therapy sessions, hangs on the walls, offering its own … Continue reading What is Reiki?
The Butterfly of Penthouse D About a week ago, I was "doing homework" on my laptop at a local cafe, and by "doing homework" I mean "getting distracted looking at craigslist for odd jobs, any jobs besides waiting tables." I stumbled upon an ad looking for a family assistant a couple of afternoons a week, … Continue reading Talking ’bout my inspiration… Part 3