Issue No. 2

Contemplatives and community leaders, for centuries, have drawn bridges between inner and outer work. Meister Eckhart, the great 13th century philosopher and mystic, writes, “What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.”

The virtues we cultivate within ourselves through contemplation and inner work spill over and course throughout the work we do in the world to make communities, community spaces, and systems more just and humane. In our second issue, we’re focusing on community and will ask questions like: Why do we need each other? Who are we, together? What is human flourishing? and more.

Contemplation leads us to compassion. To take compassion seriously would mean to take justice seriously, for as Archbishop Desmond Tutu says, “My humanity is bound up in yours for we can only be human together.” Join us as we sift through the complications and invitations, the bleak history of and the liberating possibilities for collective life.


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