God in Our Relationships: Spirituality between People from the Teachings of Martin Buber

God in Our Relationships: Spirituality between People from the Teachings of Martin Buber

by Dennis S. Ross
God in Our Relationships: Spirituality between People from the Teachings of Martin Buber

God in Our Relationships: Spirituality between People from the Teachings of Martin Buber

by Dennis S. Ross


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580231473
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/01/2003
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 2.17(w) x 3.35(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

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:

  • Spirituality and Social Justice
  • God in Our Relationships
  • Sex, Religion and Politics
  • Stem Cell Research: A Faith Perspective

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Table of Contents


Part One: Our Daily Encounters
Always Unexpected
From I-It Experience to I-Thou Encounter
Some Differences between I-It and I-Thou
Buber's Theology of Relationships
I-It: The Cradle of I-Thou
I-It and I-Thou in Professional and Helping Relationships
I-It: Limited and Seductive
I-It Darkens and Hardens

Part Two: I-It: A Spirit in Eclipse—Seven Stories
Eclipsed by the Race
Eclipsed by the Equipment
Eclipsed by the Pace
Eclipsed by Itself
Eclipsed by Possessions
Eclipsed by the Past
One Voice Lifts Another
The Afterglow

Part Three: I-Thou: When One Voice Lifts Another
Chance Encounter
Voices Rise between People
Rising Voices Are Transcendent
Rising Voices Obscure Time, Space, and Cause
Voices Rise Here and Now
Rising Voices: Unpredictable, Arriving by Grace, and Unique
Rising Voices: A Capella and Accompanied
Rising Voices Leave an Afterglow

Part Four: I-Thou on the Narrow Ridge
Mismeeting, Blurring, Oscillation, and Enrichment
The Narrow Ridge
Growing into I-Thou
Over and Against
The New Thinking
Imagine the Real
Community, Strife, and Holy Insecurity
The Last Row

Part Five: Eternal Thou: A Leap of Faith
Entering the Eternal
I-Thou: Delicate and Eternal
All Living Is Meeting
Eternal Thou
Eternal Thou: Jewish Roots
The Jewish Mystical Tradition
Becoming the Master

Epilogue: At Day’s End
Further Reading

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