we see a spiritual formation gap in leadership
We do not believe that making the world a more kind, equitable, and sustainable for all can be accomplished by intellectual or professional training alone.
In particular, the role of the spiritual life (or interior life) is essential to any person's exploration of the following three core areas of leadership for justice, equity, and peace:
Discovering & deepening your sense of purpose
Throughout our lives, we evaluate and reevaluate how we want to live and act in the world. Despite living in an age of instant access to information and constant connectivity, feeling disconnected from a sense of purpose often makes us feel isolated, directionless, and unfulfilled.
To discover a calling in which we find meaning demands that we explore a spiritual life that connects us to ourselves, the other, and the unknown.
Discerning & aligning to your relationships & values
As we strive to become better social justice leaders, we recognize that we lead with our whole beings—not just our intellectual or professional skills. Serving with only part of ourselves does not allow for authentic understanding or true accompaniment.
To develop the interior nimbleness and skill to be attentive and responsive to another requires an ability to profoundly listen to and connect with others as well as with our deepest sense of self.
Healing your self, community & the world
Extended periods of stress, grief, or trauma have the potential to challenge or compromise our health and the ability to serve others well. At times, we may want to abandon our calling or find ourselves developing unhealthy coping mechanisms.
To sustain a commitment to tend to the needs of others in service over the long-term calls on the strength of our compassion and resilience, both of which can be developed within us if they are given the appropriate attention.
We are part of a movement
We consider ourselves part of a burgeoning 21st-century movement that is drawing on the world's long history and multiple traditions of contemplative practice. Such practices form the foundation of what we all need to create spaces that encourage the personal and collective exploration of identity, belief, purpose, values, and connection.
We define spirituality broadly
Spirituality to us is defined as one's understanding and experience of his or her connection to self, relationship with other, and orientation to the world at large and the great mystery of life. We work across faith and non-faith settings promoting spiritual formation as an essential foundation for leading change.