Nonviolent Prayerful Learning

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What is Nonviolence?

Image: Jim Bourg / Reuters via The Atlantic

Image: Jim Bourg / Reuters via The Atlantic

Nonviolence as Compliance
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Atlantic

In witness to the events unfolding in Baltimore since the death of Freddie Gray, Ta-Nehisi Coates shares a thoughtful and important perspective on the many public calls for nonviolence, peace, and calm. He writes, “When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse.” Coates has likely been steeped in an understanding that nonviolence, as taught and practiced by Gandhi, King, and others, is active, rooted in love (not fear or anger), never forced from the outside, and always linked to non-cooperation with evil.

Will you speak up when you hear the language of nonviolence being used as a tool of those in power to manipulate, manage, and control? What would a true and transformative practice of nonviolence look like today? 

What is Prayer?

Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images via Baltimore Sun

Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images via Baltimore Sun

Prayers for Nepal
Baltimore Sun

People in communities around the world gather in vigil and in prayer for the victims of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that stuck outside of Kathmandu, Nepal this past Saturday, April 25. We, too, stand with Nepal during this tragic time of need. These photographs, featured in the Baltimore Sun, capture the grief, compassion, and solidarity felt by so many across the globe as they witness the pain and suffering of those impacted by the natural disaster.

What is Learning?

Spiritual Life in Education: The New Ivy League
by Suza Scalora
The Huffington Post

Eckhart Tolle discusses the idea of a new emerging collective consciousness—an awakening to love, compassion, and understanding. This article offers Columbia University’s Teachers College new Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI) as an example of the accelerating 21st century movement to actively teach the spiritual tools needed to reach a societal tipping point in this awakening. The importance of spiritual formation in addition to professional and intellection development has been central to Still Harbor’s programs and services since our founding in 2008. This post highlights how academia is catching up: “SMBI now will host its first, groundbreaking spirituality and psychology conference titled, Spiritual Life: Growth and Learning Across the Lifespan.” We’re very happy to have more and more people and resources involved in such efforts.

The Dessert