Spirituality & Justice

Responses to COVID-19 Pandemic

Operation Feed the Front

The current pandemic continues to reveal systemic injustices in society. Responding to neighbors in need is at the core of our commitment to engaged contemplation. Our community has been coordinating support for essential workers and communities with food insecurity since the early weeks of the Coronavirus Pandemic in New York. Our response, called Operation Feed the Front, serves the needs of essential workers putting in long hours with little time to procure food as well as individuals and communities with increased food insecurity at this time.

This public health crisis has called for an unusual response utilizing as few volunteers as possible and conforming to strict health standards. Through relationships we are building across Long Island, we are able to safely provide nutritious, high-quality food to thousands of neighbors a week. Members of our community have been assessing needs, raising funds, activating commercial kitchens at closed facilities and coordinating meal delivery in Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Right now, we are supporting hospitals that serve some of poorest New Yorkers as well communities under acute stress due to illness and job loss. As this work continues, we will tailor our efforts in response to emergent needs.

To support this work, give here charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/operation-feed-the-front

NYC Covid Care Network

Members of our community are volunteering as part of spiritual support teams with the NYC Covid Care Network. This work consists of one-on-one pastoral support for essential workers and others who are distressed by life in the current circumstances caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. To learn more about the Network click here www.nyccovidcare.org

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Meditation And Justice For College Students

Meditation and Justice seeks to cultivate a new method of spiritual engagement with young adults on the campus of Adelphi University. Our methodology re-imagines the Christian contemplative tradition and connects it to the spiritual needs of students. We focus specifically on those who don’t identify with any religious tradition. We teach courses, curate campus-wide public events, cultivate spaces of contemplative practice and heartful conversation, offer one-on-one mentoring and spiritual direction and invite students to participate in service opportunities that allow them to live their newly discovered spiritual values in the context of “hearing the cry of the poor and cry of the earth” (Leonardo Boff).

Meditation and Justice seeks to be a space and a community where students are encouraged to:

  • Name all the places in their lives where they are already experiencing the sacred;

  • Voice their longings for a life that matters;

  • Sit with anxieties associated with the social and ecological instabilities of our times;

  • Receive spiritual tools from the Christian contemplative tradition; and

  • Develop a committed response to issues of justice including serving each week in our food distribution program that feeds 200+ neighbors in need.

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Center for Spiritual Imagination

The Center is a space of calm and courage, a community rising to meet the challenges of our global crisis with vast generosity--embodying the unconditional mercy and justice Christ represents, without ever asking its members or those they so joyfully serve to adhere to any particular belief system. ”

– Mirabai Starr, author of Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics