Second Wave Spirituality: Passion for Peace, Passion for Justice (Sacred Activism)~ Chris Saade


http://ncreview.com/images/stories/jreviews/photos/tn/300x300s/9a/26/0c/_51ngf7lk-ol-1396109773.jpg Synopsis: In his work as a spiritual teacher interacting with seekers and activists from around the world, Chris Saade has witnessed a remarkable recent phenomenon: a new wave of spirituality that is socially and globally engaged in the pursuit of justice, earth care, and solidarity. Saade calls this movement second wave spirituality, and in this book he maps out the cutting-edge ideas that are fueling this new wave of engaged spirituality. He challenges us to rise to our spiritual task and join the millions of all faiths who are awakening to the suffering and social struggles of all living beings.

According to Saade, new wave spirituality holds a vision of the intrinsic values of love: justice, global peace, solidarity, inclusion, democratic freedom, compassion, and reconciliation. Saade explores current trends of thought that are shaking the foundations of our belief systems and propelling us toward an evolutionary leap. We are in the midst of a spiritual renaissance, Saade asserts, a universal reawakening that will steer us away from the abysmal global dangers we are facing.

The book also includes a collection of quotations as a resource for those working for peace, justice, and inclusion. By dividing the selections into theme-specific chapters, Saade helps us easily access the wisdom and companionship of other souls committed to our diversity, our oneness, and our pursuit of justice.

Contents Foreword by Andrew Harvey

Introduction 1. The Emergence of Second Wave Spirituality

2. A Brief Historical Overview of First Wave Spirituality

3. Crossing the Threshold

4. The Flowering of the Feminine in Theological and Spiritual Thinking

5. The Great Convergence of Spiritual Development and Action for Peace and Justice

6. The Six Crucial Ideas that Converged and Generated the Global Awakening of Second Wave Spirituality

7. Fourteen Additional Characteristics Essential to Second Wave Spirituality

8. A Response to the Escalating Global Crisis: Love in Action

9. Implications of Second Wave Spirituality for the Individual

10. Practical Suggestions for Spiritual Activism

11. Summary and A Blessing for the Reader

12. Engaged Spirituality and Sacred Activism: Writings and Quotes

Chris Saade is the co-director of The Olive Branch Center with his wife, Jessie Thompson, where he teaches courses on engaged spirituality and the mysticism of inclusion. Chris also spearheads the Institute for Life-Leadership and Coaching, and is the senior trainer for the ILC s heart-centered psychological and spiritual-leadership programs. In addition, he is a practicing Personal Coach for individuals and couples, has lead and taught more than 200 psychological and spiritual retreats, offers regular speaking engagements, and serves on the board for The Respite, a center for grief and hope based in Charlotte, NC. Chris was born into a Christian family in Lebanon where he held leadership positions in non-profit organizations working for non-violence, peace, and humanitarian relief. He experienced the devastation of the Lebanese war for 7 years and continued his peacemaking work during those very difficult years.

Chris lived in France before coming to the US, his country of adoption, where he has resided since 1978. He has 24 years of experience as a relationship therapist, relationship coach, and leadership trainer. Saade has a master’s in Human Development and Counseling and completed five additional years of graduate school in economics, theology and history. He has trained in Jungian and existential psychology (including the logotherapy of Viktor Frankl).

Saade’s experiences with the suffering born out of war led him to develop a passionate respect for diversity. His professional journey into psychology and spirituality, his research of peacemakers like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, and his study of mystics from different religions have resulted in his development of the copyrighted Model of Integra (6 Essential Keys for heart-centered living and spiritual life-leadership).

Andrew Harvey & Chris Saade – I: Intro

The International Academy of Sacred Leadership’s founders, Andrew Harvey and Chris Saade, co-create the origins and purpose of their groundbreaking seminar for both aspiring and experienced sacred activist leaders.

Andrew Harvey & Chris Saade – IV: Turning Up Together

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