Tikkun Magazine, Winter 2011
Cultivating the Sacred Spark
by Amanda Udis-Kessler
Tikkun work, as I understand it, is work in which the core principle is supporting human and planetary flourishing and in which revaluing the devalued and re-humanizing the dehumanized are central priorities. This principle and these priorities will take hundreds of different forms, depending on what our passions are, but they will always come back to supporting well-being and healing the broken. If we keep these values and goals in sight, it will be easier for us to stay on the path and make good decisions.
Lifting up the thriving of all and offering the hopeless new hope is both a political agenda and a spiritual agenda. For me, in fact, the two types of agendas cannot be separated; they affirm both the sacred spark within each of us and the need to cultivate that spark in the context of a world that sometimes seems determined to put it out.
This work takes immense patience and love, the self-cultivation of peace, and a healthy dose of humility and gratitude. I believe it is holy work. I celebrate my friends and comrades in the struggle and wish for us all both the gifts and the grace we need to keep on going.
Amanda Udis-Kessler is a writer, sociologist, musician, social justice educator, and seminarian at the Iliff School of Theology. She has published widely on issues of sexuality, religion, and social justice, including Queer Inclusion in the United Methodist Church (Routledge, 2008). She is the LGBT spirituality blogger for Tikkun Daily.
Source Citation: Udis-Kessler, Amanda. 2011. Cultivating the Sacred Spark. Tikkun 26(1): online exclusive.