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Featuring an eye-catching new cover, this classic guide is for those ready to commit time and energy to relieving suffering in the world. No two people are better qualified to help us along this path than Ram Dass, who has spent more than 25 years teaching and writing on the subject of living consciously, and Mirabi Bush, who succeeded him as chairperson of the Seva Foundation.
Scotlund Haisley, the founder and president of Animal Rescue Corps, has spent more than twenty-five years saving the lives of thousands of animals. Wearing a respirator mask for protection from the piercing ammonia that hangs in the air and with law enforcement officials at his side, he infiltrates puppy mills, animal fighting operations, and other large-scale cases of animal cruelty, freeing dogs, cats, horses, and other animals from a life of wire cages, filth, and starvation—and sending them on their way to loving, protective caregivers. Filled with dramatic rescues, Compassion in Action is a gripping ride through the underworld of those who profit from the enslavement of animals. From dogs trained for fighting to emaciated horses to animals stranded during natural disasters, the author and his team save animals from heartbreaking conditions, changing attitudes—and laws—along the way. It is a story of hope for the most vulnerable among us.
"The inspiring stories behind 35 world-impacting nonprofits"--Cover.
This thesis explores the need to protect girl-children from sexual exploitation and the need to promote the welfare of women and girl-children, by taking into account their inalienable human dignity and basic rights, and by increasing their human agency. Chapter one analyzes the suffering of child sexual abuse victims and the inadequate and inappropriate response of family and public personnel. A social analysis with a gender perspective reveals the dynamics of child abuse resulting from the partriarchal hierarchical nature of Indian society. Social customs, beliefs, and cultural practices favor gender discrimination and the objectification of women and girl-children. A study of the existing laws and policies show the need for the comprehensive protection of women and girl-children, including effective implementation of existing laws and policies. Chapter two uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore the respect for the dignity and rights of women and girl-children, drawing upon international human rights, Catholic Social Teaching, and feminist theology. The central themes that emerge from such a consideration are: the fundamental human dignity of women and girl-children and the right for an equality of consideration and participation, solidarity and responsibilities derived from basic human rights, and an option for the poor with a gender perspective, that is, a preferential option for women and girl-children. The application of human rights in the community has three roles: deconstructive, constructive and reconstructive. Chapter three begins with a brief sketch of responsible social actors, namely, international human rights jurisprudence, governments at the central, state, and local realms, international and national non-governmental organizations, religious institutions, Church bodies, and religious congregations and policy recommendations. An analysis of the foundational charism of the congregations of the Medical Sisters of St. Joseph reveals the dynamic nature of the charism of compassion that we inherited. A renewed understanding of our foundational charism reveals that a critical compassionate response of solidarity and empowerment to improve the agency of the victims of child sexual abuse is entailed by the charism of the Medical Sisters of St. Joseph today.
This guidebook aims to stimulate student affairs professionals and higher education faculty alike to adopt new approaches when discussing sensitive or controversial topics with their students. It provides teachers and professionals with a critical social understanding of social justice, social agency, reflection, and actionable knowledge to develop new and effective skills, practice them in safe spaces, and apply them in the field. It offers tools that are equally applicable in a classroom or cocurricular setting. The exceptional teachers, scholars, and professionals contributing to this volume provide a diverse and alternative lens through which to examine the intersection of social justice education and professional practice. The text is organized in three overarching themes: Part One, “Existing Theories, Examining Claims, and Proposing New Understandings”; Part Two, “Concrete Tools and Safe Spaces for Practicing Difficult Dialogues in Professional Practice”; and Part Three, “Professional Development, Action Research, and Social Agency.” In Part Four, “Moving Forward,” the book concludes with a chapter on implications for daily life and practice. The action-oriented research model provides strategies and frameworks for using social science research to engage in critical social and educational problem solving. The emphasis is on moving colleges and universities to widen their moral and ethical lenses, beyond understanding diversity, to developing multicultural competence and enriching their campus communities. Written for faculty in higher education and student affairs professionals, along with master’s and doctoral students in these fields, this book provides a framework that is grounded in research and sound pedagogies and theories.
"This book answers 'why not' and 'how to' for health care accreditation bodies, quality experts, and frontline professionals, moving the reader from timely information, to inspiration, and through patient-centered action with practical tools and potent case studies." —Paul vanOstenberg, DDS, MS, vice president, Accreditation and Standards, Joint Commission International "This superb guide from Planetree illustrates that providing high-quality, high-value, patient-centered health care is not a theoretical ideal. The case studies make clear that these goals are attainable; they are being achieved by leading health care organizations worldwide, and there is a clear road map for getting there—right here in this book." —Susan Dentzer, senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation "At IHI, we follow the principle, 'all teach, all learn'—the idea that everyone, everywhere has something to teach, and something to learn. This remarkable and indispensable guide is as pure an example of this principle as I've come across." —Maureen Bisognano, president and chief executive officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement "The International Society for Quality in Health Care's mission is to inspire, promote, and support continuous improvement in the quality and safety of health care worldwide. It is in this spirit that we welcome this new book on patient-centered care. As in their previous work, the authors demonstrate just how critical it is to develop an organizational culture that puts patients first." —Peter Carter, chief executive officer, International Society for Quality in Health Care
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This text argues that it is the nature of modernity to foster compassion. It offers a historical view to disprove the idea that modernity erodes moral sentiment and breaks down older social bonds. The book looks at the way in which modern society is building new and different social bonds.
"Intelligence & Compassion in Action is a tool to empower the aspiring social entrepreneur, with real guidance as to how, and why, social entrepreneurship works. It expounds a new Seven Pillar methodology, inspired by the wisdom of former President James Earl "Jimmy" Carter. Written by the founder of The Elfenworks Foundation, Dr. Lauren Speeth, who lives the lessons she teaches in this book daily, the insights within these pages have come from Speeth's years of experience in technology, management, and the nonprofit world, as well as from insights gained in interviews with extraordinary social entrepreneurs." -- cover p. [4].
Celebrates the work of educators who explore ecological issues in school and non-school settings. Gives examples of ways to impact the thinking of children and adults in order to affirm the values of sufficiency, mutual support, and community.
In honor of what would have been Clarence Jordan's one hundredth birthday and the seventieth anniversary of Koinonia Farm, the first Clarence Jordan Symposium convened in historic Sumter County, Georgia, in 2012, gathering theologians, historians, actors, and activists in civil rights, housing, agriculture, and fair-trade businesses to celebrate a remarkable individual and his continuing influence. Clarence Jordan (1912-1969), a farmer and New Testament Greek scholar, was the author of the Cotton Patch versions of the New Testament and the founder of Koinonia Farm, a small but influential religious community in southwest Georgia. Roots in the Cotton Patch, Volume 1 contains Symposium presentations addressing Clarence's influence as a storyteller and contextual preacher and prophet, his pacifist witness in a violent and segregated South, and the contemporary meaning of his life's work in Christian community. Uniting these powerful essays is the obvious impact Jordan's life has had on so many. His life and work continue to inspire a new generation of activists, seminary students, and people in search of the meaning of Christian community.
The books in this bite-sized new series contain no complicated techniques or tricky materials, making them ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious. Find Peace with Meditation is a short, simple and to-the-point guide to learning how to meditate in a few short steps. Even if you are completely new to meditation in just 96 pages you will discover how to master the essential principles and follow some simple guided meditations.
A Gringo in Peru-A Story of Compassion in Action is the true account of one man's journey from his American life, to foil a murder contract, and into the Andean mountains of Peru where he created a project for poor children and discovered what true wealth really was. The profound changes in his own life, as his project for the children developed, gave him a depth of compassion and a view of what is possible when the impossible is attempted. This is a must read for anyone who has ever faced extraordinary challenges and who wanted to make the world a better place.
The theory and praxis of biblical law in the historical and contemporary landscape of American law and culture is contentious and controversial. Richard Hiers provides a new consideration of the subject with an emphasis upon the underlying justice and compassion implicit within. Special consideration is given to matters of civil law, the death penalty, and due process. An analysis of various biblical trial scenes are also included. The book draws on, and in turn relates to three areas of scholarship and concern: biblical studies, social ethics, and jurisprudence (legal theory). Modern legal categories often illuminate the nature of biblical law: for instance, by distinguishing between inheritance and bequests or wills (a distinction not found in traditional biblical commentaries), and by identifying the meaning or function of biblical laws by using such categories as "contract" and "tort" law, "due process," "equal protection," and "social welfare legislation." Several discussions throughout the book compare or contrast biblical laws with modern Anglo-American law or social policies. Each chapter begins with two or three relevant quotations: one or two from biblical texts, and sometimes from one or two relevant latter-day sources, notably, Magna Carta, the United States Constitution, and writings by Ayn Rand, and Robert Bellah. Although modern law usually shows greater compassion, biblical law often combines concern for both justice and compassion in ways that sometime provide grounds for critiquing modern counterparts.

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