What is Deep Ecumenism?
Meister Eckhart said: “Divinity is an underground river that no one can stop and no one can dam up.”
There is one underground river-but there are many wells into that river.
“…we would make a grave mistake if we confused the well itself with the flowing waters of the underground river. Many wells, one river. That is Deep Ecumenism.” —Mathew Fox
Reb Zalman z”l taught that we can and should find nourishment in traditions other than our own. He often reminded us that “you can’t get all your vitamins from one source.” In his last words to us all, published posthumously*, he adjured us to undertake “the more intrepid exploration of deep ecumenism in which one learns about oneself through participatory engagement with another religion or tradition.”
*Foundations of the Fourth Turning of Hasidism: A Manifesto
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Midwifing the Great Turning:
Review, Recalibrate, Re-Source, Re-envision, Repair
For all clergy, spiritual leaders and teachers, and students on the path toward spiritual leadership
who are called to respond to this critical moment in time.
Together, we will:
• IDENTIFY toxic foundations of our culture and corresponding cultural dis-ease
and collective traumas that COVID-19 has made unavoidably visible.
• EXPLORE our response-ability in addressing & repairing “how we got here.”
• IMAGINE the new heart & soul driven world that can arise out of this moment.
• EXAMINE the work we must do in ourselves to inspire the same in our communities.
• CREATE tangible practices and “challenges” to help get us back on track!
We are living in a time of undeniable unrest, no human on this planet remains untouched by uncertainty. The pandemic has turned our lives inside out with a speed and force that is unprecedented. At the same time, the virus and its impact on our lives and livelihood, has made visible all the fault lines in our world which have not been properly addressed for countless generations as humanity’s primary focus has been survival and forward movement, oftentimes at all costs.
We believe, and history affirms, that crises such as we are experiencing, hold the potential for dramatic change and evolutionary transformation. This moment in time demands that we turn our collective hearts, minds and souls to midwifing the change that will co-create a world that is more kind, more sane and infinitely more sustainable.
Let’s join together on this Sacred Journey.
We are not coming with answers, we are providing the groundwork for our r/Evolutionary process to unfold.
Further development of the work will be done in a 3-part interactive program.
Registration for the full program will be opened after the Summit. Those choosing to continue will make a commitment to shared practices arising from within the group and from the Summit, and will be accountable to and supportive of one another through this process.
Rabbi Nadya Gross, Executive Director & CEO and Rabbi Victor Gross, President, Yerusha co-founders, and co-Rabbis of Pardes Levavot: a Jewish Renewal Congregation in Boulder, CO, which shares space, study, occasional worship and good works in the community with Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.
Gavriel Strauss is a Spiritual Counselor and Real-ationship™ Coach who supports people in healing the barriers to accessing and actualizing their Heart & Soul Centered “Life Vision.” He is the founder and director of Evolving Judaism and Path of Tikkün, two organizations committed to the development of Jewish spiritual practice as a means to personal and collective transformation. Gavriel is currently training to be a rabbi, and lives with his wife and two daughters in a Cohousing Village in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.
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An Interfaith Pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine
Join four spiritual leaders who have dedicated their work to building deeply meaningful interfaith relationships on a life-changing two-week trip. You’ll meet inspiring individuals who are building bridges for reconciliation and coexistence, visit holy sites and places of worship where you’ll join together to pray for peace, and experience the natural and human beauty of Israel and Palestine.
October 3 – October 18, 2021
For full itinerary and registration, click HERE.
Don’t miss this third interfaith pilgrimage,
led by Rabbi Nadya Gross, Rabbi Victor Gross, Rev. Linda Daniels-Block, and Rev. Larry Daniels-Block.
This video from our 2016 trip gives you a feel for the type of experience you can look forward to: