Tuesday, March 2

Tag: Values

Religious Community, Social Justice, Incarcerated Youth: An Interview with Terri Stewart

Joy, Spirituality
My assigned topic here for Wednesdays is joy.  Sometimes I hit my assignment more obliquely than others. Today though, I submit that there are few things more joyful than connecting with others whose interests and values align with our own.  So with great joy, I offer you the opportunity to learn more about Terri Stewart, who founded this blog. I "met" Terri online in 2011 when I visited Beguine Again, which at that time was entitled Cloaked Monk. "Beguine" Again - after the Beguines, a lay semi-monastic Christian order of the 13th-16th centuries in Northern Europe. It was committed to - among other things - caring for the sick and the poor. I was impressed with Terri's commitment to spiritual ritual and her openness to the wisdom and beauty in religious traditions, including traditions ...

UNBUNTU ~ “I am because we are.”

Nadira Cotticollan (Dreaming through Twilight) from Kannur, India shared this with us on Facebook. I'm just in love with the idea of it. Wouldn't it be a joy if people the world over adopted this phrase and philosophy?  How civilized (and more practical) this value is than our Western individuality and winner-takes-all values. The Xhosa, by the way, are a Bantu people from South Africa.  Their name is pronounced with a clicking sound for the "X" followed by "hosa." This illustration may be copyrighted. I've been unable to find its origin. - Jamie Dedes (The Poet by Day)
Inspired by Family

Inspired by Family

Photography, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Below is an offering from my son, Colin Jon david Stewart. It is named Stardust. It is an original creation of his. He is singing and ukelele-ing. Larry Bridges, his voice teacher, is on the piano. I have to say that I find both of my children to move me closer to Love. I am proud of who they are and who they are becoming. It is like watching a diamond being formed. Their values of love, connection, generosity and compassion stand against a world that values materialism, one-up-manship, and excess. Their counter-cultural lives inspire me and urge me to live into a life of justice, love, and nonviolence. Thank you, Kennedy & Colin!