Public Work as Soul Work

In the ancient western world, there was not a division between personal spiritual work and collective public work. This is seen for example in the Christian bible where there was only one word for both personal righteousness and public justice. It is seen in Plato’s republic as well as in the Hebrew Prophets whose calls for renewal in faith were tied to calls to justice and to what was happening in creation.

In creating a distinction between spirituality, justice and ecology what have we lost? What can we regain if we see issues like reconciliation work, action around our city’s budget and addressing racism as spiritual work and spiritual expression? How does this fit in with our shared work of Community Organizing?

Presenter: Ryan Anderson, Lead Organizer, Calgary Alliance for the Common Good

Worship Arts Facilitator: Pam Rickey

Music: Music Director Jane Perry