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How about joining a “network of grace”?

 

Listened to a great presentation the other evening by Andrew Harvey, author of Way of Passion: a Celebration of Rumi, who has launched a new network called 'networks of grace,' www.networksofgrace.org.

It's patterned after Al Qaeda, believe it or not -- because as Harvey said, while the aims of that terrorist organization are abominable, it is very effective. One reason for its effectiveness -- it operates on the basis of small cells of six to 15 people.

So Harvey has set up his new networks on the same basis.

In his new book, The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism, Harvey quotes Bill McGibben in The New York Review of Books: "The technology we need most badly is the technology of community, the knowledge about how to cooperate to get things done. Our sense of community is in disrepair."

Harvey calls for sacred activists to "learn to work together and to form empowering and encouraging 'networks of grace' -- beings of like heart brought together by passion, skill and serendipity to pool energies, triumphs, griefs, hopes and resources of all kinds.

“When people of like mind and heart gather together, sometimes miraculously powerful synergy can result."

I've been thinking about this. I certainly long for a new experience of community. I believe many people do.

I appreciate what traditional organizations and institutions offer -- senior centers, chambers of commerce, churches, and so on. But I believe the Truth in each one of us longs for something leaner, more nimble and more intimate -- more capable, perhaps, of accommodating the ever-changing pulsation of spirit.

I wonder. I wonder if right now, in this very moment, as I'm working on this new post, I can take a baby step and simply say how interested I would be in the possibility of creating a "network of grace" with others of “like heart."

Let me know, won’t you, if this notion causes even a stir of interest? Would love to talk with you about it a bit more.

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Tony Palombo March 5, 2010 at 11:32 am

Loved your post,Chris. Sounds like a timely invitation and venture forward . . . to accommodate, as you put it, the ever changing pulse of spirit. Count me in.
Tony

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Christopher Foster March 9, 2010 at 10:13 am

Thank you Tony. Wonderful to hear from you and wonderful to feel the connection with you …it’s a connection that has been there a long time isn’t it?

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Corinne Rodrigues March 7, 2010 at 1:07 am

Chris – Strangely, I’m in the process of getting a daily dose of Rumi from Andrew Harvey. I’ve always sensed that you and I have a ‘connection of grace’ going on! I love the idea of an internet community, however, I’ve not had very good luck with the ones I tried to create – maybe the time is now? 🙂
Let me know what you think…
Warm regards to you and JoAnn.
Corinne

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Christopher Foster March 9, 2010 at 10:11 am

So good to hear from you again Corinne. What a lovely idea, getting a daily quote/blessing from Rumi via Andrew, I must look into that. I feel a connection with you too and I am most thankful for it. There’s something magical about finding a kindred spirit isn’t there — hard to put into words, but very real.
It’s so interesting what you say about not having much luck with creating an internet community. It prompts in me a recognition that ultimately it is Life Itself, the organizing intelligence back of everything that does the real building. There’s a big plus though if this is so isn’t there; I – we – can relax, and just let that process of divine coming together continue. Kind of exciting. My love and blessings to you.

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bezi March 9, 2010 at 7:40 am

I’ve been watching his Sacred Activism talk over and over again for the last few days. I’m incorporating his teachings into the book I’m writing. I’m down with it all the way…

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Christopher Foster March 9, 2010 at 9:48 am

Good to hear from you Bezi. Thanks for sharing, and all the very best to you with your book. Have you got a name for it yet? Hope it’s a great success.

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brittany October 1, 2010 at 3:10 am

It is essential, therefore, that sacred activists, while pursuing their individual spiritual paths and embracing their own specific kinds of service, learn to work together and to form empowering and encouraging ‘networks of grace’ – beings of like heart brought together by passion, skill and serendipity to pool energies, triumphs, griefs, hopes and resources of all kinds. When people of like mind and heart gather together, sometimes miraculously powerful synergy can result.

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Elizabeth Brennan October 19, 2013 at 4:39 am

Are the Networks of Grace only digital or are there ‘real’ physical groups – I would like to meet with a ‘physical’ group regularly.

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