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Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

Working for environmental justice is not easy, especially when the message is not welcome. It can be even more daunting when faced with apathetic stares. This work can be discouraging, disheartening, and depressing. It leads to questions like, “Does it...

Innovation in the Manger

Innovation in the Manger

Sixty-three years ago, a woman whom others would consider only a maid changed her seat on a bus and therefore changed the world. Rosa Parks’ simple act not only began a process that redefined policy but also challenged the way we think of people and power....

Custodians of Beauty: Live to Till It

Custodians of Beauty: Live to Till It

I have a complex relationship with the Church. On the one hand, my identity and sense of meaning is deeply rooted in grace through my faith in God, the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. The Church as the community of faith has been a cornerstone of belonging for me...

A Common Ground for Healing Communities

A Common Ground for Healing Communities

How we treat Earth is reflected in how we treat each other. And it’s pretty ugly these days. Mass shootings, hateful rhetoric, racial profiling, exclusionary tactics, and incivility have become our norm. How did we get to this point? How can we find our...

Let The Worshippers Arise

Let The Worshippers Arise

Delivered by Floyd Thompkins on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at an interfaith vigil held in Tiburon's Kol Shofar in response to the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA.When you are born into a group of people who have been scapegoated and...

Devotional for Today

Devotional for Today

From the desk of Michael Cairns: I have been pondering the lack of truth, transparency and honesty not only on a global level, US political level, but in our day to day interactions. I don't think it's a misunderstanding of the reality of a situation but a choice. A...

6 Tips for Aspiring Social Entrepreneurs

6 Tips for Aspiring Social Entrepreneurs

When launching something from scratch, there are a lot of different ways to go about launching your mission-based company. It can be daunting to think about all the different tasks that are necessary to becoming an entrepreneur. Here at the Applied Wisdom Institute,...

Me Too Is Us Too

Me Too Is Us Too

The problem with silent voices is that you can’t hear them until they start speaking. When they do speak we all too often implicitly believe that it is a commentary on us, our actions or inactions. We instinctively become suspicious about their decision to...

Wisdom and Ethics in the Workforce

Wisdom and Ethics in the Workforce

From the desk of Floyd Thompkins, Director of the Applied Wisdom Institute: My education was almost all in very traditional environments. I attended a parochial high school, a liberal arts college and a reformed seminary. I went on to become a dean at two elite...