Let Your Heartbreak Be Your Guide: Spiritual Direction & Companionship for a World That Has Lost Its Way

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Let Your


Be Your Guide

Spiritual Direction &
Companionship for a World
That Has Lost Its Way

A Contemplative Engagement
with Father Adam Bucko


Father Adam Bucko


April 12, 19, & 26
3PM – 5PM PST 
6PM – 8PM EST 


6 hours (total)


Webinar will be recorded.

Join our community of spiritual companions and wayfarers for this 3-part webinar exploring Heartbreak for Spiritual Directors and how to turn it to our advantage. Through readings, deep conversations, dialogue and discernment with one of SDI’s most compelling teachers, Fr. Adam Bucko, your heart will open and be renewed. We will be reading portions of Fr. Adam’s newest book, Let Your Heartbreak Be Your Guide – designed for every person trying to live at the intersection of contemplation and justice, but will be specially resonant for spiritual directors and companions.

Let Your Heartbreak Be Your Guide is the latest book of reflections, stories and practices from the life and experiences of Father Adam Bucko — interreligious pioneer, new monastic leader, priest, spiritual director, and activist. They are designed for every person trying to live at the intersection of contemplation and justice, but will be specially resonant for spiritual directors and companions.

What to Expect


Written against the backdrop of the COVID 19 pandemic and America’s reckoning with growing poverty, injustice and systemic racism, Let Your Heartbreak Be Your Guide is uniquely positioned to accompany spiritual directors and companions, as well as individuals and communities, through the disillusionment and violence of these times. Father Adam writes from the heart, offering practical guidance on how to adopt an “engaged contemplation,” a lived spirituality responsive to suffering and injustice.

Praise for the Book

The Franciscan teacher Richard Rohr calls this book “inspiring” and says that Adam Bucko is “a trustworthy guide to discovering a spiritual life for our century and living in service of compassion and justice.” 

Bishop Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, says that “each page of this book opens a door into deeper parts of God’s incredible love”.

Radical pastor and blues/soul/gospel musician Rev. Sekou says that Bucko “writes with the heart of Thomas Merton and soul of Dorothy Day

Katie Gordon, co-founder of Nuns and Nones, calls him “a bridge between traditional religion and new forms of community”.

Book Structure

The book is divided into three parts: Listening to Life, Touching What Frightens Us, and Interrupting Silence. Each chapter offers readers an invitation to pay attention to God or the Universe (or however each of us might describe the Ground of All Being), forces that are eager to accompany us through our challenges and hopes. Throughout, Father Adam invites readers to draw from his rich personal experiences, beginning with his youth in Poland where he witnessed courageous priests use nonviolence to fight a totalitarian system, to his work with homeless LGBTQ youth on the streets of NYC, to his interactions with interfaith communities across the globe. Alongside these diverse experiences, Father Adam weaves in wisdom gained from mentors, scripture, and spiritual activists and mystics, such as St. Teresa of Avila, Howard Thurman, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Catherine Doherty, Matthew Fox and Thich Nhat Hanh.

The book ends with a powerful roadmap for individuals and communities looking to integrate a “rule of life” in service of compassion and justice for all. The book also includes an appendix of contemplative practices to help readers develop discernment, courage, and receptivity to God who is always guiding us towards healing and liberation.



The webinar series will run 3 consecutive Wednesdays: April 12, 19, & 26, 2023 –  3 PM Seattle/Los Angeles, 5 PM Chicago, 6 PM New York, 10 PM London; Thursdays: April 13, 20, 27, 2023: 7 AM Hong Kong, 10 AM Sydney, Australia.

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This series has been scheduled to be convenient to as many people around the world as possible. With that said, if that timing doesn’t work, you can enjoy the webinar any time you like.

Each session is recorded so you can watch at your convenience.


Father Adam Bucko

Father Adam Bucko has been a committed voice in the movement for the renewal of Christian Contemplative Spirituality and the growing New Monastic movement. He has taught engaged contemplative spirituality in Europe and the United States, and has authored Let Your Heartbreak be Your Guide: Lessons in Engaged Contemplation and co-authored Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation, y The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living.

Committed to an integration of contemplation and just practice, 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. He currently serves as a director of The Center for Spiritual Imagination at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, New York, and 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.

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