Spiritually Motivated Social Engagement (SMSE) Circle
But faith without works is dead. We should not only pray, we should act, each contributing the best he has to the common purpose, each willing to make any sacrifice necessary…one in a certain sense, a selfish one, for we all desire self-preservation, but the other in the greater sense that there can be no individual self-preservation without the preservation of all. ~ Ernest Holmes
It is time to move beyond the conversation about whether New Thought organizations and spiritual communities should be active in spiritually motivated social engagement. It is time to put our energy into being the best version of ourselves and our teaching as we do engage. Now is the time. We see the world crying out for healing and, by failing to engage, to act, we fail to be true to our principles.
Through the S.U.M. Program (Social Uplift Ministries), AGNT (Association for Global New Thought) is offering a way to engage from a place of spiritual principle. We invite you to engage because we see the possibilities of love, compassion, and wisdom in our world and we refuse to accept anything less.
Each individual can respond to the issue or issues which call to them by using the S.U.M. curriculum and doing spiritual practice in preparation for action. And that action is to be examples of Love – in conversations, in demonstrations, at civic meetings and hearings – wherever community is making decisions or being in conflict.
With education and training in the issues and how to act in support of our principles come the courage to act from a consciousness of trust and wisdom. Whether you stand for children, for an end to violence, for compassion in government and business, or for justice, you stand prepared. And you do not stand alone. Acting on principles takes courage and courage is what heroes have. Actions in accordance with our spiritual principles are taken with intelligence and integrity, that conditions improve.
Seeing a greater truth is a first step. Acting in alignment with that vision to bring that truth into actuality is the step. The S.U.M. curriculum is designed by people in New Thought to bring our principles to the world as examples of what is possible. To be the compassionate voice in the often-contentious conversation. To hold the high watch within while standing in support of ideals of peace and compassion in the streets or on the courthouse steps. We in New Thought have been in hiding too long. We possess knowledge of the principles of peace and wisdom, of manifesting the highest possibilities and healing the greatest pain. It is time for us to stand with others and bring this energy into the activities of our communities, our states, our nations and the world.
AGNT’s new Spiritually Guided Social Uplift Ministries (S.U.M.) transcends political divides, and affirms New Thought’s leadership by offering our own signature curriculum embodying New Thought principles.
The 2019 curriculum features four of nine modules (click on each one for dates & details):
Religious Diversity and Inclusion
Healing Racism and Upholding Ethnic Fairness
Homelessness and Poverty