An inspiring collection of readings that will raise deep questions about service and its roots in faith.
"There is a deep yearning among the vast majority of people of all religious and philosophical traditions to make real their most enduring shared principles--to care for creation, to serve others with compassion, and to protect and enhance the gift of life.... We believe that reflecting on these principles strengthens our capacity to embody them."
-from the Introduction
Explore the connections between faith, service, and social justice through the prose, verse, and sacred texts of the world's great faith traditions--Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and more. Drawing from diverse literary genres, religious and philosophical perspectives, and historical periods, these short and provocative readings cut to the heart of the many obstacles and joys that accompany lives devoted to faith and service:
Why do I serve?
Whom do I serve?
How do I serve?
This rich collection will create a platform for discussing and understanding the faith-based service of others as well as inspire you to reflect on the meaning behind your own commitment to improving the world.
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Drawing on literature from the world’s great spiritual traditions, this anthology is a call to faith and a call for service. The “readings” are divided into sections that ask three questions: Why do I Serve? Whom do I Serve? and How do I Serve? Dip in, and you’ll discover teachings from the Dalai Lama, Isaiah, and the Bhagavad Gita. Poems by Walt Whitman, Hafiz, and Thich Nhat Hanh. Essays from Anne Lamott and Nietzsche. Stories from Flannery O’Connor and William Trevor. The writings of Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln. And this is just the beginning. There is much to reflect upon in this volume, and an appendix which offers questions to stimulate interfaith discussions.