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Mindfulness and Social Action

A lot has happened in our nation and world since we began planning Ripple 2017: a contentious and divisive election, with voters on all sides feeling alienated and demanding change; rising incidents of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia in the US and Europe; and political rhetoric and executive orders causing many to feel threatened and afraid.

Now more than ever we need to learn to engage respectfully across our differences and to build relationships with people who are different from us. That's what Ripple is all about, and hopefully together we can build the trust and friendships to promote love and understanding in the face of fear and ignorance.

Is this a time to be mindful?

Absolutely yes!  All the great religions have mindful or contemplative practices that inspire and energize positive social action in the world. When Rabbi Heschel marched with Dr. King at Selma, he said afterwards it felt like he was praying with his legs. Heschel's life of prayer and study informed and motivated his activism, and the same could be said for Dr. King, as well as for Thomas Merton, Thich Nhat Hanh, and so many others. In Mindful stillness we reconnect with our deepest values, and we also recharge and recenter so we can keep working together to build a beloved community of love and justice for all.

All this is to say that this moment is a time to be Mindful together, and Ripple provides an opportunity for self-care and new relationships that will blossom into new movements for love and justice on our campuses and in our world. More interfaith resources here.

Interfaith Resources

Just a few select statements from religious and interfaith leaders on the recent executive orders on immigration.

Statement from the Parliament of the World's Religions

Faith groups condemn ban on refugees and immigrants from Muslim countries

Council on American-Islamic Relations

National Association of Evangelicals

American Jewish World Service

We are mindful also of renewed action on so many issues for so many identities and communities — black lives matter, LGBTQIA rights, women's rights, and immigrant rights — as well as the need to recognize intersectionality and the ongoing work of so many religious and nonreligious communities to overcome global poverty. We may not agree on how to address all these issues, but let us commit to hear one another's stories, to build relationships of mutual respect and dignity, and to work together for a more just, loving, and peaceful world for all persons, identities, and faiths.