Second Wave Spirituality: Passion for Peace, Passion for Justice

Second Wave Spirituality: Passion for Peace, Passion for Justice

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Second Wave Spirituality: Passion for Peace, Passion for Justice by Chris Saade

In his work as a spiritual teacher interacting with seekers and activists from around the world, Chris Saade has witnessed a remarkable recent phenomenon: an emerging 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 burgeoning 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, second 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583947661
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 05/20/2014
Series: Sacred Activism Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 919,770
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Born into a Christian family in Lebanon, CHRIS SAADE experienced firsthand the devastation of the Lebanese war, which led him to develop respect for diversity and passion for peacemaking. As codirector of the Olive Branch Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, Jessie Thompson, Saade teaches courses on engaged spirituality and the mysticism of inclusion. He is the founder of the Institute for Life-Leadership and Coaching, where he is the senior trainer for heart-centered psychological and spiritual leadership programs. The author lives in Charlotte, NC.

Table of Contents

Foreword Andrew Harvey xv

Preface xix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Emergence of Second Wave Spirituality 37

Chapter 2 Brief Historical Overview of "First Wave" Spirituality 57

Chapter 3 Crossing the Threshold 63

Chapter 4 The Flowering of the Feminine in Theological and Spiritual Thinking 69

Chapter 5 The Great Convergence of Spiritual Development and Action for Peace and Justice 75

Chapter 6 The Six Crucial Ideas That Converged and Generated the Global Awakening of Second Wave Spirituality 79

Chapter 7 Fourteen Additional Characteristics Essential to Second Wave Spirituality 117

Chapter 8 A Response to the Escalating Global Crisis: Love-in-Action 153

Chapter 9 Implications of Second Wave Spirituality for the Individual 159

Chapter 10 Practical Suggestions for Spiritual Activism 167

Chapter 11 Summary and Concluding Remarks 175

Chapter 12 Engaged Spirituality and Sacred Activism: Writings and Quotations 189

Our Historic Epic Task 190

The Emergence of the Divine Feminine 197

The Creative Life Force 208

Inclusion and the Sacredness of Diversity 215

Compassion and Global Solidarity 226

The Heart 235

Opening of the Heart Is Essential for Our Spiritual Journey 235

Desire and Passion 240

Our Sacred Suffering 247

Sacred Wound and Sacred Grief 247

The Initiation of Suffering 252

Becoming a Universal Being 258

Our Great Spiritual Identity 263

Sacred Activism 268

Nonviolent Change 280

Peace, Social Justice, and Eco-Justice 284

Spiritual Revelation and Surrender 290

Works Cited 299

Bibliography 315

Permissions 319

Index 323

About the Author 337

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Second Wave Spirituality: Passion for Peace, Passion for Justice 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite Second Wave Spirituality: Passion for Peace, Passion for Justice by Chris Saade begins by acknowledging the changes that are happening to our spirituality, which should have been taking place along with developments in other areas. All over the world, there is an understanding that the most urgent question facing mankind is not how individuals can be saved, but how the planet can be saved. Thus a new wave of spirituality is emerging, no longer confined to prayer or meditation, for action on a global level. Just as the first wave of spirituality liberated us from religious dogmas, this wave shall remove the dualism of spirit or the divine and our planet. This book examines the many facets of this change, like the unification of different and mostly opposing characteristics of our social transactions, and the implication of all this to the individual. Second Wave Spirituality: Passion for Peace, Passion for Justice by Chris Saade makes a subtle observation that “you and I are part of one of the greatest evolutionary leaps of consciousness” to explain the many changes visible on the social and political horizon. He quotes the passing of a law by Ecuador ‘granting constitutional rights to nature’, as one such move. Clear and lucid presentation of a relatively novel concept is one of the high points of this book. A good discussion on ‘The First Wave’ of spirituality, included in this book, makes the job of understanding this relatively easy. An exhaustive list of references, other notes, and an index make it even more useful as a reference.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chris Saade is a wise, passionate voice for social justice and a pathfinder for a new, engaged spirituality.  Owning this book is like carrying  his wisdom, passion and inspiration  in my hip pocket.  It is invaluable.