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Finding Purpose in Spirituality

e-Notebook: May 2013

One Path, Many Paths
A Dialogue on the Role of Religion in Modern Times
with Zachary Markwith and Adam Bucko

Seven Pillars’ founder and board member, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, recently sent a letter to Adam Bucko and Zachary Markwith, two individuals with “a deep sense of the sacred, but ... quite different approaches to religion and tradition,” inviting them to engage in a dialogue about the relationship between religion and spirituality.

Pir Zia was inspired to send the invitation after reading the recently published manifesto, “New Monasticism,” written by Rory McEntee and Adam Bucko. Both Adam and Zachary embraced the opportunity to discuss this question and the first installment of their correspondence is published on our website. Read more.


Icons of Compassion and Service
Br. Robert Lentz

“The Seven Pillars’” exploration of Our Sacred Heritage “chronicle[s] the legacy of the prophets of the world’s great religious and indigenous traditions, extending beyond the official mythic figures to include others who also embody numinous aspects of human character. Thus we can more fully appreciate the fullness of our own potential as bearers of the sacred in our culture today.”

Brother Robert Lentz’ icons are known throughout the world for their message of beauty and peace. While always striving to remain true to the essence of Byzantine iconography, Br. Lentz adapts traditional conventions in order to minister better to the emerging Church. This gallery contains 20 of Br. Lentz’ icons, selected to represent a spirit of compassion and service. Click here to see the gallery page.

New Monasticism
An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Life in the 21st Century by Adam Bucko & Rory McEntee

“We assert that new monasticism names an impulse that is trying to incarnate itself in the new generation. It is beyond the borders of any particular religious institution, yet drinks deeply from the wells of our wisdom traditions. It is an urge which speaks to a profoundly contemplative life, to the formation of small communities of friends, to sacred activism and to discovering together the unique calling of every person and every community.” Read more.


Reciprocity Foundation
Transforming Youth from Within

This inspiring gallery of images comes from the Reciprocity Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 by Taz Tagore and Adam Bucko to help homeless, runaway, and foster care youth from all five boroughs of New York City realize their full potential.

Included with the gallery is information on Reciprocity and Adam Bucko’s recent article My God Lives on the Streets, which was inspired by his work with the Foundation. Click here to see the gallery page.



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