December 8, 2014

Retreats aim to help LGBT youth recapture some of their broken spirituality

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Youth participate in exercises during the Urban Retreat at the Reciprocity Foundation. Reciprocity leads a number of retreats where youth practice yoga and meditation, which aim to help restore an element of spirituality in the young adults it works with. Photo by Alex Fradkin

Youth participate in exercises during the Urban Retreat at the Reciprocity Foundation. Reciprocity leads a number of retreats where youth practice yoga and meditation, which aim to help restore an element of spirituality in the young adults it works with. Photo by Alex Fradkin

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NEW YORK (RNS) Each year, Reciprocity retreats allow "students" to practice yoga and meditation, which aim to help restore an element of spirituality that is often broken or damaged.

  • Ben in oakland

    It isn’t the spirituality of these young people that’s broken. They’re just fine.

    It’s the spirituality– and I use that word very guardedly– of the adult guardians who kicked them out of their homes because of religious beliefs that supersede the love they should bear for their children. It’s the broken spirituality that allows these so-called adults the freedom to abuse sexually or physically what should be their great treasury.

    And its the legal Sytem that allows any of it without consequence that is really broken.

  • Too many people confuse spirituality with religion. Spirituality is about the human spirit: kindness, compassion, responsibility, tolerance, forgiveness, peace harmony love and joy. It CAN be a part of religion (but so seldom is). However, it exists outside the metaphysical sphere and need not be equated with anything but the mundane.

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  • Billysees

    Ben…

    “…the adult guardians who kicked them out of their homes because of religious beliefs that supersede the love they should bear for their children.”

    That is such a sad situation. It happens too often.

    These two statements should be posted everywhere —

    They [LGBT’s] “must” be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided…….Catechism of the Catholic Church (quotes mine)

    ABOVE ALL, LOVE EACH OTHER DEEPLY, because love covers over a multitude of sins……1 Peter 4:8

  • Greyson

    Ben in Oakland, you nailed it. Thank you. The thing is many of these LGBTQ youth have been led to believe there is something wrong with them. They have bought into the big lie. I am pretty sure God, the Divine, Yahweh, Elohim, Allah, Higher Power, Humanity, knows our heart or lack there of.