October 13, 2017
A couple weeks ago, I visited my alma mater, Boston College, where I gave a talk as part of their “Espresso Your Faith Week - Agape Latte ” series. The event is unique - the aim to stimulate an open, inclusive, and nonthreatening discussion about faith – while drinking great coffee and eating tasty banana bread of course. These days, students have no problem talking about their coursework, their families, or their social lives but when it comes to exploring spirituality they can feel stifled. Faith has become a taboo topic in our hyper political climate in which religion is wielded more like a sword. As a result the statistics report that young people are running away in droves from organized religion.
Boston College Campus
So, BC invites Alums like me to share their own faith journey – whatever that looks like – and make the topic more relatable and approachable. It was a little intimidating speaking from the stage about my beliefs, since I don’t claim to be any kind of expert. I do consider myself a Christian, but am honestly still searching.
Karen Kiefer, Associate Director, and BC students join me and Uri for chatting over coffee on campus
What I do believe in strongly is our capacity as human beings to find purpose, love and connection with something bigger, something infinite and mysterious. My No Barriers experience working with those who have been hurt, even shattered, has helped me to recognize that something real and profound exists inside people. You can call it what you like: an internal light, a soul, or the human spirit. Sometimes that light becomes dimmed by trauma, fear, cynicism and doubt. However, when we struggle to grow it, to nurture it, and allow it to blaze into the world, that’s when the magic begins.
During a breakout session with students. Photo Credit: Lee
Presenting during Agape Latte
Chatting with students after my talk.
Thanks to Karen Kiefer and the students at Boston College for such a powerful day.
See the full talk here: http://touchthetop.com/boston-college-agape