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From Prayer to Protest:

Practicing Engaged Contemplation with Christian Saints, Rebels and Mystics

Attention Extended Campus Participants:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this Weekend Wisdom Intensive has been cancelled.

We encourage you to explore other current and past offerings, and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

About This Program

Can faith and contemplative practice play a key role in social dissent?

During this Weekend Wisdom Intensive, guest instructor Fr. Adam Bucko will draw upon his Christian Contemplative tradition to offer a vision for a socially engaged, contemplative spirituality.

Using lectures, guided contemplative prayer, a contemplative Eucharist service, and heartful dialogues, Fr. Adam will demonstrate how authentic contemplation always leads to protest, and will introduce a framework for a justice oriented contemplative life. Participants will engage and apply a variety of spiritual traditions and voices to the crisis of our present moment, including:

  • Early desert monastics of the Middle East and north Africa inspired by a mystical quest for God and a refusal to participate in the culture of the empire.

  • Stories of Hindu Christian Ashrams and Hermitages in India that helped to re-discover Christian contemplation in recent times as a result of their contact with Hindu and Buddhist monastics.

  • 20th Century mystics and spiritual activists such as Howard Thurman, Bear Heart, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day, and Wangari Maathai whose practice of deep prayer informed their social and ecological commitments.

  • Classical voices of St. Benedict, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Francis and others.

Fr. Adam will also draw from his own diverse life experience as a resource: Growing up under a totalitarian regime where he learned the role that faith plays in social protest, and discovering his contemplative vocation, not within the monastery, but rather on the noisy streets of NYC as he served homeless LGBTQ youth.

Join Father Adam Bucko and collaborators Pir Netanel Miles-Yépez and Dr. Rory McEntee as they explore the nexus of faith, contemplation, and social protest.

Program Schedule & Pricing

Attention Extended Campus Participants:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this Weekend Wisdom Intensive has been cancelled.

We encourage you to explore other current and past offerings, and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Meet Your Instructor

Father Adam Bucko

Fr. Adam has been a committed voice in the movement for the renewal of Christian Contemplative Spirituality and the growing New Monastic movement. He has taught engaged contemplative spirituality in Europe and the United States and has authored “Let Your Heartbreak be Your Guide: Lessons in Engaged Contemplation” and co-authored “Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation,” and “The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living.”

Committed to an integration of contemplation and justice, he cofounded an award-winning non-profit, the Reciprocity Foundation, where he spent 15 years working with homeless LGBTQ youth living on the streets of New York City, providing spiritual care, developing programs to end youth homelessness and articulating a vision for spiritual mentoring in a post-religious world. He currently serves as a director of the Center for Spiritual Imagination and is a member of a the Community of the Incarnation, a new monastic community teaching contemplative spirituality in the context of hearing and responding to the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth.

Adam lives in New York with his wife, Kaira Jewel Lingo, a Buddhist teacher and former nun in the community of Thich Nhat Hanh. Together they lead The Buddhist-Christian Community for Meditation and Action.

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