Kinship At the Camp

“If the great teachers have given a Message to humanity, it is no doubt the Message of Brotherhood/Sisterhood (Kinship).  God cannot be found in temples, for God is love; and love does not live in temples but in the heart of (wo)man, which is the temple of God. The true religion would be to recognize it as such, and to tolerate, to forgive, and to love each other...”
“...Remember my friends, that if you studied Sufism and all the problems of metaphysics and philosophy for twenty years, and if that spirit of brotherhood were not developed in you, no progress has been made.  Or if you meditated for thirty years, and if you communicated with God, and yet if the spirit of brotherhood had not been developed in you, no progress is made.”
  -  Hazrat Inayat Khan -

A primary focus of Kinship is to encourage the flowering of personal self realization outwards towards others in ways which support and heal.   As Pir Vilayat often reminded us, the spirituality of our times requires a shift from merely awakening consciousness to the awakening of the conscience, which encompasses a realization of interdependence and interconnection between all beings.  

Those dedicated to the ideals of Kinship try in earnest to create a culture of love, harmony and beauty which is both rooted in the mystical as well as in the very ordinary, day to day ways in which we relate to others.  The work of kinship is really a lifelong, ongoing work of befriending our humanity and divinity.  It is the work of connecting with and expanding from the heart outwardly,  to encompass ever-widening, concentric circles of friendship, community, outreach, and sacred service.

There are many specific forms and ways in which people are currently bringing the work of Kinship into a visible presence in our world.  This can range from volunteering for projects like the Hope Project in India, serving the sick and homeless in one’s own town or city, fundraising for refugees from war-torn countries, humanitarian aid for disasters connected with ecological imbalance, peacemaking events, and much more.

But this summer, Kinship will be a visible presence at the camp through some members of its international Kinship council who will be there to support and serve the camp and help in the building of our community.  The very word community, derived from the Latin “communita” (cum = with or together and munis = gift) suggests a group of interacting beings who come together to share their gifts.  So this is the vision which the Kinship concentration holds for the camp:  to welcome, celebrate and support our purpose in coming together and to unfold our gifts with each other.