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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
1:00–2:30 p.m.


Nexus Building, Adelphi Room, Room 239

Spiritual Responses to the World’s Hungers: Spiritual, Bodily, Communal, an Interfaith Dialogue

It was Frederick Buechner who said that each of us is called to become persons who engage in life where our “deep gladness” meets the “world’s deep hungers”. In heartfelt conversation with spiritual leaders from various traditions who have attempted to shape their lives by this dictum – whether spending time in monasteries to learn to listen to their heart’s longing or putting themselves in situations where they had to face some of the world’s worst atrocities – we will hear stories of courage, self-discovery, and dedication to compassionate service and justice. We will also pose our own questions and then sit with them in meditation, aiming together to feel deeply the cries of the world and to discern how we may be called to lives in service of a world that uplifts and affirms the dignity of all.

This event features authors, thought leaders, and activist who work at the intersection of spirituality, mindfulness, and justice here in New York, as well as internationally – in order to speak to pressing issues of global concern.


Eddie Stern

Considered to be one of the leading yoga teachers in the world, author of One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life, and a co-creator (with Deepak Chopra) of Urban Yogis project to reduce inner-city violence through the transformative practices of yoga and meditation.

» Learn more about Eddie Stern

» Learn more about the Urban Youth project

Sr. Alison McCrary, SFCC

A social justice movement lawyer, Catholic nun, and a tribal citizen of the Ani-Yun-Wiya United Cherokee Nation. She ministers as an international human rights attorney, national criminal justice reform strategist working with 50 formerly-incarcerated-people-led non-profits, a spiritual advisor on Louisiana’s death row and founding Executive Director of the Louisiana Re-Entry Mediation Program.

» Learn more about Sr. Alison McCrary, SFCC

This event is part of International Education Week.

For further information, please contact:

Vardha Kharbanda
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p – 516.877.4990

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