Tagged with Compassion

10 Days – Guest Post

10 Days – Guest Post

Meet Margaret, class of 2012, with whom I had the pleasure of working last year on our short term service trips.  She co-led a team to serve in one of New York’s public schools as teaching assistants for the week.  While at our school, she also led an initiative called the 10 Days.     … Continue reading

Marinate

Marinate

Every now and then I notice that common search terms have led people to the blog.  One that seems to show up fairly often is “Father Greg Boyle Quotes” (or some variation thereof.)  So I decided to include something more from him today. For those who are not familiar with Father Greg, he is the … Continue reading

Osoro

Osoro

By compassion we make others’ misery our own, and so, by relieving them we relieve ourselves also.  –Thomas Browne, Sr. In September, I wrote about compassion fatigue–the way it can be hard for us to maintain concern for people in pain throughout the world without become overwhelmed.  I also reposted a letter from Juli at the … Continue reading

Making the World Right

This weekend, my husband Curtis preached his first sermon in ‘big church.’ In my humble, totally unbiased opinion, it was wonderful.  I’ve excerpted a portion of it here, along with Brooke Fraser’s Crows and Locusts, which was the song the worship team did right before he began.   We are God’s Plan A and there … Continue reading

How They Do It: Clean Water

How They Do It: Clean Water

I’m often impressed by the efforts of our students; here’s one way they’re doing great things to improve the world. Starting 10/10, a group of students switched to all water for 10 days.  They tally what they would have spent on soda, lattes, juice or whatever.  At the end of their time, they donate what … Continue reading

Quote-worthy Wednesdays: Budgets

Government budgets are moral documents that enshrine our deepest values. -Rich Stearns, on the need for continued budgetary support for humanitarian aid, which accounts for about 1/2 of 1% of the U.S. national budget. For Fiscal Year 2012, the U.S. budget includes: $553 billion for the Department of Defense $126.3 billion for Oversees Contingencies Operations … Continue reading

Compassion Fatigue, Part 2

My friend Juli and her team run The Living Room, a community of compassion in Kipkaren, Kenya that offers community-based care and a hospice facility to people from villages near and far.  One example of the ‘far’ came in her email today.  It was so good, I had to repost it, especially since the critique … Continue reading

Sunday Times: Compassion Fatigue

I hope you’ll indulge that I read Nicholas Kristof a lot, and because of the themes of his pieces, share them here.  But they’re so good, I can’t help it. His piece today on the famine in Somalia and it’s terrible effects highlighted in particular the violence many experience as they flee to Kenya.  Robbery … Continue reading