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Christian Minister & a Zen Priest: Embodied Action & Practice

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In the wake of our broken, divided world: A three-part Series exploring these challenging feelings, how to cultivate a compassionate response, and how we can take healing action in the world.”

Session #3 of 3: Embodied Action and Practice - Our spiritual traditions teach us practices for dealing with the fear, hatred, and prejudice in the world and in our ourselves. What practices do our spiritual traditions- in particular the Buddhist and Christian paths- teach us for how we can take healing action in the world?



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Michael Fieleke is an Osho (senior priest) and Dharma Holder (authorized teacher) with Boundless Way Zen. Mike is now the resident teacher for Morning Star Sangha, a Boundless Way Zen practice group located in Newtonville, MA. (Please visitwww.morningstarsangha.org for details.)

Mike was ordained as a priest by Melissa Myozen Blacker, Roshi in 2013. Having received Denkai, the first stage of Dharma transmission, Mike is also Dharma heir to David Dae An Rynick, Roshi in three lineages: the Japanese Soto tradition, the Soto reform Harada-Yasutani koan curriculum, and the Korean Linji tradition. Mike also interned in teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, has a PhD in Education, and is a teacher in the Newton Public Schools.

Mike is deeply committed to interfaith dialogue, understanding, and cooperation in facing the challenges of our times.
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�Matt Carriker
As an ordained Christian minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC), Matt is also an author, spiritual coach, retreat leader, and the Protestant Chaplain at Brandeis University. Matt is in the beginning stages of pastoring a new UCC church start in Waltham, MA called “Agape Spiritual Community.” In the larger Massachusetts Conference of the UCC, Matt co-facilitates confirmation, youth, and adult spiritual formation retreats. Matt is passionate about altering Christianity today into a spiritual tradition that models the unconditional love of God (the meaning of “Agape”) and the life and teachings of Jesus. Being passionate about interfaith engagement, Matt directed the Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI) program of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries for 10 years, and is still a consultant to IFYI. Matt is also the Protestant Chaplain at Brandeis University and leads Christian and interfaith retreats for youth and adults. The title of Matt’s upcoming book is “Giving Christianity Back to Agape Love.” More info about Agape can be found here:
http://www.agapewaltham.org
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