The heart of spiritual community beats with the rhythms of healing and wholeness. Authentic spiritual communities understand this. They give voice to the joys and sorrows of life, they give pause in the midst of our hurried and harried lives, and they deepen an enduring sense of love that leads to healing and wholeness.
Joys and sorrows. Our lives are filled with the swings from joys to sorrows. The unexpected turns of our lives confront us with suffering as well as success. And the broken places in our lives, personal and communal, cry out for healing. In fact, the religious meaning of the word “salvation” refers to “healing”. We derive the word “salve” – the balm that heals wounds – from the same root word for “salvation”. To be saved simply means to find healing. Beyond the dogmas of religious institutions we find a common search for healing and love.
David Saetre’s talk on February 25 explores the religious and spiritual search for healing and wholeness in our lives, and proposes some resources for deepening inner peace. Drawing from Buddhist and Quaker insights, we are invited to explore what it means to live an undivided life, one where our inner truth can find expression and value in our outer lives, despite the pressures and struggles we may face.