Taking It Home
What is done here at home in my heart is my religion. — Margaret Fuller (1810-1850)
Focus your intention to try and notice yourself or someone else struggling to keep their personal integrity intact—that is, struggling to take heart. What can you do as a practice of your faith to help yourself or someone else stay the course?
Decide, after doing the project, whether a faith in action theology of the human heart strategy should become part of your spiritual practice.
Faith in Action
Investigate ongoing social justice and service projects that engages a number of people in your congregational community, or a local interfaith project (food pantry, soup kitchen, advocacy for fair housing, and voter registration are some possibilities). Invite some who regularly give time to the project to come speak with the group. Ask them to describe the beginnings of their own involvement and share what sustains their involvement over time. Have they, like Fuller, embodied "hope" in their actions? Are there other emotions that call them to involvement in the project? As a group, volunteer time to help with the project.