The Summons. Do you feel it? Are you haunted by an inescapable sense that you need to respond? That you can no longer remain silent? Most
likely this feeling has been building for a while now, born of a growing sense of disquiet over social, ecological, and spiritual divides.
Many bemoan that we have lost our way. Others try to pinpoint
when — a particular administration, the subprime mortgage crisis, the refugee crisis, global wars that rip us asunder. Still others step back
to study five-hundred-year cycles. For years now, there have been conversations pressing toward the flourishing of our communities; toward a triple bottom line of people, planet, and prosperity. The arguments in response: idealistic, but not really possible. Good in theory, not reality. All the while the Summons deepens.
The wholeness for which we hunger is not just of body, mind, and spirit, not just for humanity, but also for planet. The wholeness we seek is not
just an ethereal state of peace, but the economic realization of community- wide prosperity. Taken in context, wholeness is a social, political, and economic reality that seeks the welfare of the whole, not just a few. Indeed, our interdependence, be it local, national, or global, reflects the reality that individual wholeness is impossible apart from communal wholeness. Already, social and environmental entrepreneurs are modeling to us what it means to seek the wholeness of the communities to which we have been called in exile.
For such a time as this, we are called to join the dance of action and reflection. The Summons is a journey to nurture the poet and prophet within toward the flourishing of our communities. It seeks not perfection, but wholeness. It calls us to care for people and planet even while attending to profit: a triple bottom line. It begins with connecting soul with Source.