Kinship realized…

photo-24When Linda and I decided to embark on this blog together, it was rooted in the idea that we all seek deep connection with each other.  We inherently belong to one another…so how can we be open and welcoming as an on-going practice in our lives.  This past week, I had the pleasure of being at the TASH conference in Long Beach.  Friday morning I wandered into the “Gathering Space” around 10am to listen to a man named Gregory Boyle.  There were about 15 to 20 people sitting in a circle when he introduced himself and shared his stories. It didn’t take long to realize, for me personally, that this man grasps the concepts we seek to write, share and learn about on a day to day basis. If fact, he is the living embodiment of said practice.  This small gathering of people laughed, cried and shared one of the more powerful hours of our lives that morning. He talks about kinship, and rather than butchering his conversation, I’ve linked in a TED talk from him.  It is about 20 minutes and I truly hope you’ll spend the time to watch it.  What he speaks about is blurring the margins to the point of extinction.  Have a wonderful week!

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8 responses to “Kinship realized…

  1. wow kirk – what a powerful talk, what an amazing guy. thank you so much for posting this talk – and for this blog! it is terrific
    : )

  2. Thanks Eileen! We appreciate the support and for commenting!! Share, Share, Share!! 🙂

  3. I am so glad you shared Father Boyle. He does get it! His story is incredible and makes you just stop and think.

  4. John O'Brien

    Read Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion for stories from Greg’s work.

  5. Steve Robinson

    A powerful and inspiring message. Thanks Kirk and Linda for sharing. A vision of a community as one is something worth waiting for!!! Best wishes to you and your families all as we celebrate the festive season.

  6. June Zoul

    What a wonderful message……simple truths. I enjoyed it very much, thanks so much for sharing. I look forward to reading your blog. 🙂

  7. Sarah Forbes

    I watched Fr Boyle’s TED talk on your recommendation. He is captivating! Serendipitously, I read a book which includes a chapter about one of Homeboy’s workers, which I highly recommend, called “Do It Anyway” by Courtney E. Martin, a wonderful writer who even has her very own TED talk. Keep the good stuff coming you two!

  8. Michele Banks

    An amazing message and extremely well delivered…inspiring, profound, and truly moving….thank you….thank you….thank you!

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