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"We can go through each day—or a lifetime—as sleepwalkers while awake, tossing and turning on pillows that are as hard as appointment books, wandering a paved spiritual wilderness from bank window to house of worship to hospital bedside. But if we are fortunate enough to happen upon a vision of the Divine—in a chance chat with a semi-stranger or a lingering conversation with a good friend—we can awaken to the spirituality between people that Martin Buber called I-Thou."—from God in Our Relationships
It is possible to infuse every moment of life with meaning—from the routine act to the once-in-a-lifetime situation—and this first-of-its-kind introduction to Martin Buber's I-Thou shows you how.
Drawing on Jewish tradition, the science of human behavior, Buber’s ideas and the Hasidic stories that he loved, Rabbi Dennis Ross illuminates a theology of relationships in easy-to-understand, accessible language. You will clearly see how to use the principles of I-Thou to create new answers to critical issues in life, such as:
How do I react to others in times of stress?
How do I relate to strangers?
How can I take full advantage of the time I have to spend with my loved ones?
By unlocking the depths in Buber’s concepts for spiritual growth, Ross supplies you with the tools you need to communicate better, love more completely and find the sacred in everyday life.
Rabbi Dennis S. Ross serves as a reproductive rights advocate and director of Concerned Clergy for Choice at the Education Fund of Family Planning Advocates of New York State. Concerned Clergy for Choice, a multifaith network of religious leaders—ministers from Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ denominations as well as spiritual leaders representing Judaism, Buddhism and Islam—is at the forefront of faith-based advocacy in the national legislative and media confrontations over reproductive rights. The project also played a major role in the legalization of same-gender civil marriage in New York State.
Rabbi Ross consults to Planned Parenthood on clergy organizing, religion in the media and religious lobbying. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of religion and the media at professional conferences, college campuses, houses of worship, health centers and other venues. He is the author of All Politics Is Religious: Speaking Faith to the Media, Policy Makers and Community (SkyLight Paths) and God in Our Relationships: Spirituality between People from the Teachings of Martin Buber (Jewish Lights).
Rabbi Dennis Ross is available to speak on the following topics:
Part One: Our Daily EncountersAlways UnexpectedFrom I-It Experience to I-Thou EncounterSome Differences between I-It and I-ThouBuber's Theology of RelationshipsI-It: The Cradle of I-ThouI-It and I-Thou in Professional and Helping RelationshipsI-It: Limited and SeductiveI-It Darkens and Hardens
Part Two: I-It: A Spirit in Eclipse—Seven StoriesEclipsed by the RaceEclipsed by the EquipmentEclipsed by the PaceEclipsed by ItselfEclipsed by PossessionsEclipsed by the PastOne Voice Lifts AnotherThe Afterglow
Part Three: I-Thou: When One Voice Lifts AnotherChance EncounterVoices Rise between PeopleRising Voices Are TranscendentRising Voices Obscure Time, Space, and CauseVoices Rise Here and NowRising Voices: Unpredictable, Arriving by Grace, and UniqueRising Voices: A Capella and AccompaniedRising Voices Leave an Afterglow
Part Four: I-Thou on the Narrow RidgeRiskMismeeting, Blurring, Oscillation, and EnrichmentThe Narrow RidgeGrowing into I-ThouOver and AgainstThe New ThinkingImagine the RealCommunity, Strife, and Holy InsecurityThe Last Row
Part Five: Eternal Thou: A Leap of FaithEntering the EternalI-Thou: Delicate and EternalAll Living Is MeetingEternal ThouEternal Thou: Jewish RootsThe Jewish Mystical TraditionUrgencyBecoming the Master