Global Spiritual Life offers religious, spiritual, and secular communities empowering tools for self- and community-care, bridge-building, and resilience. We provide opportunities for members of the NYU community to strengthen their sense of belonging, purpose, transcendence, and capacity for storytelling in order to cultivate a Beloved Community.

Our programs, trainings and tools are organized in the following framework:

I Belong: The personal: mindfulness, personal responsibility, finding one’s voice, caring for oneself, identifying and articulating needs, and identifying and articulating values with curiosity and courage. 

Tools and Programs: Mindfulness Zone (Mindfulness 101), MindfulNYU meditation and yoga programming, Stay Woke and Meditate, Outbreath, Multifaith Advisory Council, radical self-care programming and training. 

You Belong: The interpersonal: how to deepen empathy and understanding of others and help others to understand us. This includes the tools of difficult conversations in community, personal storytelling, resilient listening, giving and receiving feedback with care and resilience, “calling in” vs. “calling out.” Addressing power dynamics with fierce compassion and radical candor, rather than bypass or shame.

Tools and Programs:  Belonging Zone (incorporating mindfulness, resilient and reflective listening, restorative practices, storytelling), Ignited Conversations Series (talks on complex topics)

We Belong: The structural and social: the work we do together in the world, justice-building, service, community-building. 


Teaching Religious Literacy Book

Take NYU's Award-Winning Faith Zone Training Home

Written by Global Spiritual Life's Ariel Ennis, Teaching Religious Literacy: A Guide to Religious and Spiritual Literacy in Higher Education offers unparalleled insight into the methodology of effective religious dialogues and provides a detailed sample curriculum for universities interested in developing their own. 

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