We must rethink spirituality as an integral part of everyday life – spirituality is a feeling, an experience, a relationship, a connection of intimate practices that, much like other feelings or relationships in our lives, takes on the texture and color of what’s going on around us. For some people, this means that spirituality must address the injustices that they perceive at work, the poverty that they see in their communities, or the global disparities that are so apparent in health services in developing nations. In light of moral issues such as these, spirituality can be a consoling relief to the troubles of everyday life, but it may also function as a powerful and sometimes disruptive force that acts back upon these moral injustices…To understand engaged spirituality — we must look at the ways that individuals act upon their spiritual lives or, in other words, the way that they engage in the act of constructing meaningful practices and actions.”
Spiritual practices are commitments we make to God and self. We do not engage in them as an end unto themselves, but they act as tentacles that connect us to God, others, and the world. Engaged spirituality, a term borrowed from Thich Nhat Hanh, describes a spirituality that pushes one beyond one’s comfort zone. It is a life-affirming spirituality that reaches toward the arc of justice. An engaged spirituality is a motivator for social change forged by sustaining spiritual practices and committed social action.
Listen to Dr. Felecia Hardy as she discusses her own understanding of an engaged spiritual journey at https://youtu.be/fAYN1Wr3gg4.
(Resource: Engaged Spirituality: Spirituality And Social Transformation In Mainstream American Religious Traditions by Gregory C. Stanczak and Donald E. Miller)