Principles of Hab Spirituality

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WE DEDICATE OUR LIVES TO CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE

We teach and encourage the following practices: conversational prayer, silent contemplative prayer, prayer of the name/japa, yoga (asanas and pranayama), practice of the desert, lectio divina or sacred reading, being in spiritual direction with a mentor, spiritual friendship, sacred activism.

COMMUNITY

Our practices are rooted in the Hab community but we don’t encourage people to leave their churches, mosques, yoga studios, etc. What we learn at Hab can enrich our churches and other communities.

WE ORGANIZE OUR LIVES AROUND OUR CALLING

Understanding that our calling is our unique way of touching God we focus on becoming who we were born to be and offering it to the world in service of compassion and justice.

WE TRY NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN STRUCTURES THAT DO NOT REFLECT OUR VALUES

We invest and participate in things that reflect the values of a “world that our hearts know is possible”.

 WE SEE GOD IN THE POOR AND BROKEN 

We dedicate our lives to direct service to those who are hurting. We serve God by serving those who are broken.

WE UNDERSTAND THAT DIRECT SERVICE IS NOT ENOUGH

We also dedicate ourselves to changing the structures that create suffering and perpetuate the social, economic and ecological injustices of our day.

DEEP NONVIOLENCE

All of our activism, prayer, and community is rooted in Deep Nonviolence. We cultivate our sense of truth, confess our shortcomings to each other, practice forgiveness and work on reconciliation.

OUR FOCUS IS MISSIONAL

We take our values seriously and work towards building a movement.

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