About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... I love the work you do, I enjoy being of service, and I have skills that you need!

A good day to me is when ... I am both stimulated through the exchange of ideas either in real time, or in print, AND I am outdoors, perhaps in my garden, moving my body, connecting to oneness through my senses and my participiation with the natural world.

My hero in life is ...I don't have a hero!

My favorite book is ...Don't have A favorite, but two that I've loved recently are If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie, and The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram.

One thing I'm grateful for is ... the persistent beauty, creatiity, playfulness, and relatedness of the natural world

Nuggets From Shanta Premawardhana's Call

Sep 18, 2021, 1 comments, 2 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Shanta Premawardhana. Growing up in Sri Lanka, Shanta Premawardhana realized early that received theology – deriving from text, scripture and tradition – could be limited in guiding how to live, compared to the theological questions that arise from the contexts of people’s daily lives. “What shall I eat tomorrow? How shall I find health care for my child? Those are in the end theological questions,” he says. “At that point, it doesn’t matter what is your faith.” Shanta is President of the Chicago-based OMNIA Institute for Contextual Leadership, which has trained over 3500 peacemakers organized into 158 Interfaith Peacemaker Teams in Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. OMNIA seeks to dismantle top-down "received" theologies of exclusivity and superiority, and build bottom-up "contextual" theologies -- turning the mission paradigm upside down where those on the margins teach those in the privileged center. Below ... Read Full Story

Shanta Premawardhana: Learning From Society's Margins

Sep 15, 2021 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Shanta Premawardhana: Learning From Society's MarginsReflection questions: How do you stay proximate with and learn from those living on the edges of society? What might you learn from the marginalized about economic justice, about faith, about resilience?