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Hearing the Call across Traditions: Readings on Faith and Service / Edition 1 available in Paperback
An inspiring collection of readings that will raise deep questions about service and its roots in faith.
"There is a deep yearning among the vast majority of people of all religious and philosophical traditions to make real their most enduring shared principles—to care for creation, to serve others with compassion, and to protect and enhance the gift of life…. We believe that reflecting on these principles strengthens our capacity to embody them."
—from the Introduction
Explore the connections between faith, service, and social justice through the prose, verse, and sacred texts of the world's great faith traditions—Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and more. Drawing from diverse literary genres, religious and philosophical perspectives, and historical periods, these short and provocative readings cut to the heart of the many obstacles and joys that accompany lives devoted to faith and service:
Why do I serve? • Whom do I serve? • How do I serve?
This rich collection will create a platform for discussing and understanding the faith-based service of others as well as inspire you to reflect on the meaning behind your own commitment to improving the world.
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)|
Table of Contents
PREFACE:THE HEAVENS OF FAITH,THE HARLEM OF LIFE
By Eboo Patel
Part I:Why Do I Serve?
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
The Drum Major Instinct
Why the Buddha Had Good Digestion, from Avadanasataka
In Praise of Generosity, from the Rig Veda
ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL
Solidarity, Reciprocity, and Sanctity, three selections from
Who Is Man?
A Handful of Dates, in The Wedding of Zein and Other Stories
The Subjective Necessity of Social Settlements, in Twenty Years at Hull-House
Action and Non-Action
Miserliness, from Purification of the Heart
The River, in A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories
THE DALAI LAMA
Compassion, from The Essential Dalai Lama: His Important Teachings
The Joy of Giving Joy, from On the Genealogy of Morality
Selfless Service, from the Bhagavad Gita
Surahs 93 and 107, from the Qur'an
Church, in The Things They Carried
Section 50, from Gitanjali: Song Offerings
HAROLD M. SCHULWEIS
The Base of All Metaphysics, in Leaves of Grass
Part II:Whom Do I Serve?
A Good Traveler Has No Fixed Plans, in the Tao Te Ching
The Faces of Poverty, in Loaves and Fishes
The Difference Between
LESLIE MARMON SILKO
The Man to Send Rain Clouds
I. L. PERETZ
If Not Higher
The Same Inside, in Talking to My Body
The Problem of Old Harjo
THICH NHAT HANH
Meditation on Compassion and Not Two, from Peace Is Every Step
The Legend of the Lowly Devotee, in The Tiruvaçagam
The Mexican-American and the Church
CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI
The Walk, from Leaving Yuba City
The Shopping-Bag Lady, in Alma
The Camel Driver and the Adder
A Rich Young Man on the Road, from
Salvation: Scenes from the Life of St. Francis
Say Yes Quickly
Part III: How Do I Serve?
GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS
The Secret of Work, in The Complete Works, I:3
Reb Yozifl and the Contractor, in Inside Kasrilevke
First Days of Spring
Sitting with the Dead, in A Bit on the Side
UMAR FARUQ ABD-ALLAH
Mercy:The Stamp of Creation
Yajna,Welfare, and Service, from a letter to Narandas Gandhi, October 28, 1930
Reflections on Gandhi, from the Partisan Review
Levels of Giving, in Mishneh Torah
The Buddha’s Last Instruction, in House of Light
North Light—A Recollection in the Present Tense, in Ellis Island and Other Stories
Come Out and Give Something
The Pure in Heart, in Revelation
Proclamation of a National Fast-Day
The Yogi Dyes His Garments
Why I Make Sam Go to Church, from Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
Appendix I Toward Action:The Interfaith Youth
Core Model for Interfaith Reflection and Service
Appendix II Questions for Discussion
Appendix III Guide to Readings by Faith Tradition and Genre
About the Supporting Organizations