Path of the Friend

Archive for the ‘Spirit in Action Essays’ Category

The Challenge of Fundamentalism

May 2nd, 2005

The Challenge of Fundamentalism by Rabia Elizabeth Roberts & Elias Amidon Wherever we travel we find concern about fundamentalism. Europeans are worried about violent outbreaks among immigrants in their home countries and the apparent failure of their attempts at multi-culturalism. Arabs try to assure us that fundamentalism is not the heart of Islam. Our liberal […]

Showing Up: Notes on Action in the World

January 2nd, 2004

SHOWING UP: Notes on Action in the World Living a spiritual life has always included for me both an intensely inward, contemplative practice of liberation from my identifications and judgments, as well as the challenging aspect of outward service dedicated to justice in the world. No matter how much my own life over the years […]

Crossing Borders

January 2nd, 2004

CROSSING BORDERS . When the pilgrim’s road comes to an end and her goal is reached, she finds she has traveled only from herself to herself, and that the God whom she reached was all the while in her, around her, with her, and beside her.                                                                                                                                                             –Annonymous After these years of pilgrimage we are truly […]

Home Sweet Home: Notes on Pilgrimage

May 3rd, 2003

Home Sweet Home: Notes on Pilgrimage . I always thought I would be the kind of person who would plant an apple tree at the birth of my firstborn, and that I would tend it patiently through the passing of the years and age with its aging, my wrinkles imitating the folds and scars of […]

Integrating Spiritual LIfe and Social Action

January 3rd, 2002

Integrating Spiritual Life and Social Action . The Heart’s Deepest Desire Nothing is more important in integrating spirit and action than coming into alignment with one’s life purpose. How do we do this? Where do we look in ourselves? The Sufis locate the root of life’s intentionality not in the mind, not in ideas we […]

The Mall Quest

January 23rd, 1998

The Mall Quest By Elias Amidon A few weeks ago, I found myself standing in a circle alongside 25 of my graduate students outside a large suburban shopping mall.  We had come to partake in “Mall Quest,” a journey of discovery into a citadel of our culture.  This was part of a six-day training in […]

Journal Reflections

January 23rd, 1998

Journal Reflections from the Thai-Burmese Border By Elias Amidon Early morning light breaks through the leaves of the jungle around me.  I have just finished my prayers, troubled ones, and turn this page to try to make sense of what I am feeling.  The flat fronds of the wild banana trees sway and bow to […]