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Introducing the Wisdom Way of Teaching: Educating for Social Conscience and Inner Awakening in the High School Classroom

This entry, written as an introduction for a future book, explores how the yin-yang symbol offers a model for the integration of service learning and spiritual practices in school curricula. Such an approach is needed to meet the deep needs … Continue reading

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Saving Starfish: In Search of Genuine Service in a Chinese Orphanage

A picture of Andrea (on left) at Xiqiao Mountain during the China Orphanage Trip Introduction Every year in the Humanities I in Action class I take students to two nearby orphanages in southern China for an experience with taking care … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Meditation Five Years On: A Personal Reflection

Richard and Suzanne Friedericks and myself traveled to Assisi, Italy five years ago to do a spiritual retreat with our teacher Cynthia Bourgeault. Looking back on that time, I can now recognize the significant turning point in my life that … Continue reading

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Using Spiritual Practices to Transform Service Learning Guilt into Compassionate Action: Two Students’ Experiences

The shadow side of powerful service learning experiences, like the one that Claudia had at the Foshan orphanage, is that students carry a burden of guilt with them when they return to school. This blog entry explores the possibility of … Continue reading

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Homecoming at Last: Service Learning and the Divine Embrace

“When Christ said: ‘I was hungry and you fed me,’ he didn’t mean only the hunger for bread and for food; he also meant the hunger to be loved. Jesus himself experienced this loneliness.” “Seeking the face of God in … Continue reading

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Room for Compassion: Finding Presence in a Chinese Orphanage

Yash with one of the children at the Foshan Orphanage Introduction “Perpetual sacrifice. It is an ideology that invades nearly every aspect of our lives. What is being sacrificed? What is the common thread? Most fundamentally, it is a sacrifice … Continue reading

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“Kanyini in a Chinese Orphanage” by Nikki Kwan

During our three days visiting the Foshan orphanage, we take students on one afternoon excursion to visit a towering Kuan Yin statue, the Chinese Goddess of Compassion, to learn more about this most essential quality of our weekend experience.  Nikki … Continue reading

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