About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... I founded a global community to do what I can to make a positive difference in the world, and then discovered how ServiceSpace is already doing this, on a large scale in such a beautiful way, with so much to teach me.

A good day to me is when ... I can reach out and connect with others, and find ways to share our journeys.

My hero in life is ...My father, my wife, my daughter, my son, my teachers and my friends.

My favorite book is ...Book of Formation (ancient Kabalistic text), Tao Te Ching, The Essential Rumi, Complete Works of Shakespeare

One thing I'm grateful for is ... The awesome gift of the beauty of this world; the chance to connect with others to pass this gift on to future generations.

Nuggets From Matthew Fox's Call

Nov 15, 2020, 1 comments, 4 smiles Yesterday we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Matthew Fox. Matthew Fox is a pioneering spiritual theologian, author, and perhaps the only man alive who has had this theology systematically singled out and denounced by two successive Popes, only to see a third Pope incorporate it into Church doctrine. His stance on issues like the sacredness of our relationship to the environment, the divine feminine, gay rights, and others has sparked a spiritual revolution in the United States and around the world. While his life has been full of innovation in work, worship, and education, his heart has been anchored firmly in fidelity to service and mystical reconnection, even in the face of opposition and resistance from prevailing dogma. Along the journey, he’s been consistently regarded as one of the most spiritually influential living people, and received numerous awards, including the Abbey Courage of Conscience Peace Award, whose other ... Read Full Story

Matthew Fox: Fidelity Vs Faith: Bowing To The Heart

Nov 11, 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Matthew Fox: Fidelity Vs Faith: Bowing To The HeartReflection questions: Our guest this week has spent his life negotiating his faith between fidelity (obedience) to the church vs. bowing to the voice of his own heart. He's consistently chosen the latter. How do you navigate or negotiate this balance between adhering to authority, as opposed to heeding an inner voice, and how and in what realms has that tension shown up in your life?

Nuggets From Kern Beare's Call

Oct 19, 2020, 7 smiles Last Wednesday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Kern Beare. Kern Beare, founder of the Difficult Conversations Project, offered this call as a special introduction on how to hold difficult conversations -- to be followed by a gifted four-hour workshop. Focusing on the question, “Who do we need to be to have the conversations we need to have?”, Kern’s workshop explores a powerful set of principles: (1) Prioritize the relationship over being right; (2) See beyond your story; and (3) Transform resistance into response. Taken together, these principles allow us to have constructive and creative conversations with anyone. Kern's initiative was born in the wake of the 2016 presidential election to help heal our national divide. Following a one-month, cross-country “conversation road trip” he took with his son to better understand the state of our national psyche, Kern created this free workshop. Below are some of the nuggets from ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Shelly Francis's Call

Jul 27, 2020, 2 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Shelly Francis. Shelly Francis, author of The Courage Way: Leading and Living with Integrity (2018), is passionate about "amplifying ‘voice and agency’ of people with remarkable and relevant ideas." She says "voice and agency" are code words for courage. "I believe the world is calling for courage of all kinds, and we can each be exemplars of courage without even realizing it.” For Shelly, there are many types of courage (physical, moral, social, creative and collective), and courage "isn't just something you do on the spur of the moment but can be cultivated." She previously worked in a range of sectors and found herself veering toward the “consciousness” sector. From 2012-2018, she was Marketing and Communications Director of the Center for Courage and Renewal, founded by Parker Palmer, following her role as Associate Director of Marketing for multimedia publisher Sounds ... Read Full Story

Shelly Francis: The Courage Way

Jul 22, 2020, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Shelly Francis: The Courage WayReflection questions: What does living courageously mean for you, and how do you cultivate personal courage?

Freedom In Prison: A Story Of My Great-Grandfather

Jul 07, 2020, 13 comments, 35 smiles [I originally shared this true story of my great-grandfather at an Awakin Circle. By request I'm archiving it in writing with some additional context.] -- Freedom in Prison: a Story of my Great-Grandfather -- As I knock on the door of Grandpa Max’s apartment on Valentine Avenue in the Bronx in the fall of 1956, I’m feeling a little nervous. This is an important visit, and the first time I’ve come on my own from New Jersey, without my parents, by bus and subway, to see him. I’m flooded with memories of my early childhood in the 1940s. He lived in this same apartment back then, on the second floor, with Grandma Minnie before she passed away. My mom and dad and I and my little brother lived up on the fifth floor. When we went to visit them, we’d go to the elevator and press “2.” Then we’d get out, walk ... Read Full Story

At Last Night's Santa Clara Awakin ...

May 28, 2020, 1 comments, 11 smiles At last night's Santa Clara Awakin Circle, in response to the passage by Kahlil Gibran , I shared these reflections from my blog:   COAST DWELLERS Being a coast dweller is about living on the edge of two worlds. The land side is close, warm, familiar, where space is bounded by lots, streets, neighborhoods, communities, cities, parks, states, countries. The ocean side is distant, cool, mysterious, unbounded, all-inclusive and all encompassing. Being a coast dweller shapes our lives in ways we’re aware of and ways we’re not. My days are a fugue woven of flowers and boats; of sun and mist, of bright, piercing bird calls and the cool, background rhythm of the fog horn. I turn inward toward the land when it’s time to get things done, and outward toward the ocean when it’s time for wonder. After 72 years on this planet and 35 years on the coast, I’ve come to the conclusion that ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Amir Hussain's Call

Mar 29, 2020, 2 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Amir Hussain. Dr. Amir Hussain is Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He teaches on world religions, focusing on Islam and contemporary Muslim societies in North America. He has twice been chosen by students as Professor of the Year. He previously was the only male to serve as Dean of Women at University College, University of Toronto. Dr. Hussain is an advisor for the television series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman. Author of Muslims and the Making of America, he tries to highlight how Muslims have shaped what it means to be an American, as well as to amplify the nonviolent tradition of Islam. He notes that most Americans don’t know that Muslims have been here since “before this country was this country,” going back to the transatlantic slave trade. He was the ... Read Full Story

Amir Hussain: Nonviolence In Islam

Mar 25, 2020, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Amir Hussain: Nonviolence In IslamReflection questions: Our guest this weeks has written extensively about the rich history of Muslims in America, which pre-dates the country's founding, as well as the nonviolent nature of the faith. From where, when and whom do you draw your knowledge of Islam, and of Muslims in America?

Nuggets From Rob Lippincott's Call

Mar 19, 2020, 2 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Rob Lippincott. Rob Lippincott is birthright member of the Religious Society of Friends, striving to bring Quaker values to business and education. Inspired by Quaker collective decision-making processes, Rob says, "You can ... move a project and a corporation in the right direction, if you listen to all, capture their unity and use their collective strength." He has devoted his career to innovation at the intersection of learning and technology. At PBS, Discovery and Pearson, he led the creation of media and technology products that are used in more than half of U.S. schools. He has served on the Board of Sidwell Friends School and Cambridge Friends School, and has taught at Newtown Friends School, Abington Friends School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Currently, he serves of the board of living community planned for northern California which is ... Read Full Story