What Does Contemplative Spirituality Offer the 21st Century?
- Sat, Mar 16St. Stephen's Episcopal ChurchMar 16, 2024, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PMSt. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 3775 Crosshaven Dr, Vestavia Hills, AL 35223, USA
Father Adam Bucko was born in Poland in 1975 and grew up during the communist totalitarian regime. Two of his priests including his parish priest were martyred by the regime. When he was 17, he and his family came to the United States as undocumented immigrants. His desire for a meaningful life led him to monasteries in the US and India.
His life-defining experience took place in India on his way to a Himalayan hermitage. He met a homeless child who lived on the streets of Delhi. This brief encounter led him to the “Ashram of the Poor” where he began his work with homeless youth.
He cofounded an award-winning non-profit, the Reciprocity Foundation, where he spent 15 years working with homeless youth living on the streets of New York City, providing spiritual care, developing programs to end youth homelessness, and articulating a vision for spiritual mentoring in a post-religious world.
In 2019 after graduating from Nashotah House Theological Seminary, he was ordained to the priesthood at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City, New York.
He is on the Cathedral staff serving as a developer and director of the Center for Spiritual Imagination of the Cathedral where he is a member of “The Community of the Incarnation,” ‘a new monastic’ community dedicated to democratizing the gifts of monastic spirituality and teaching contemplative spirituality, in the context of hearing and responding to the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth.
Adam lives in New York with his wife, Kaira Jewel Lingo, a Buddhist teacher and former nun in the community of Thich Nhat Hanh. Together they lead The Buddhist Christian Community for Meditation and Action.
Adam started wearing dreadlocks in Poland before coming to the US. They continue to be for him a sign of solidarity with the least of these and a continuing commitment to justice.