New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Looking Inward, Living Outward

The Spiritual Practice of Social Transformation

Daniel Wolpert • June 2024

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In a world of so much hurt, how can we create communities of care and healing?

While much of contemporary Christianity careens toward a spirituality of individual salvation and the afterlife, the call of Jesus to create communities that enact justice and bring peace on earth is often tragically ignored. In his revelatory new book Looking Inward, Living Outward, author and student of the spiritual life Daniel Wolpert calls us back to a life of prayer and core spiritual practices that re-orient our gaze outward in acts of social transformation.

Drawing from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, one of the most radical speeches in human history, this encouraging and practical guide connects acts of contemplation with action, providing a biblically based and spiritually grounded course corrective for how Christians are called to live as Beloved Community today. Discover how spiritual practices can change the way you interact with the world and inspire lasting social change.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn practical spiritual practices to live a life molded by a deep spiritual connection.
  • Explore the nature of the spiritual life and how it can become a guiding force in our daily lives.
  • Understand the teachings of Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount as a blueprint for living in community and society.
  • Discover the importance of communities of practice in reorienting our actions and promoting compassion in a world filled with challenges.

Daniel Wolpert is the cofounder of the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing (MICAH). He worked as a research scientist, psychologist, spiritual director, farmer, teacher, and construction worker before earning his Master of Divinity degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS). Over the past forty years he has taught in the fields of psychology and spiritual formation. He is also the author of Leading a Life with God: The Practice of Spiritual Leadership and Creation’s Wisdom: Spiritual Practice and Climate Change.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-2051-6

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-2052-3

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-2052-3

Imprint: Upper Room Books

Pub Date: June 2024

Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Page Count: 176

BISAC Categories:

BISAC1: REL012120     RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth 

BISAC2: REL012170     RELIGION / Christian Living / Personal Growth 

BISAC3: REL012110    RELIGION / Christian Living / Social Issues