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Just One Person Adam Bucko
Transcript of Just One Person Adam Bucko
April 11, 2013
D'Angelo Center Room 206
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St. John's Learning Communities and Student Affairs Adam Bucko
Co-founder: The Reciprocity Foundation Adam Bucko is a graduate of St. John's University, receiving a B.A. degree in Theology and Philosophy, and a M. A. in Sociology. A spiritual activist, he is co-author of "Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation." He grew up in Poland behind the Iron Curtain and spent his early years exploring the anarchist youth movement as a force for social and political change. At the age of 17, Adam immigrated to America where his desire to find his path towards a meaningful life led him to monasteries in the US and India. His life-defining experience took place in India, where 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. After returning to the US, he worked on the streets of various American cities with young people struggling against homelessness and prostitution. He eventually co-founded The Reciprocity Foundation, an award winning nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of New York City's homeless youth.
In this work and in all of his writing, speaking, and mentoring, Adam is committed to engendering spiritual and contemplative approaches to social change. He collaborates with spiritual leaders across religious traditions in building models for a spirit-informed activism and looks to help young people build communities focused around their vocations, empowering them to live lives of service. In this vein, Adam runs HAB, a contemplative community in NYC for young people. The group endeavors to help people explore how to lead a spiritual life in the 21st century and live deeply from the heart in service of compassion and justice.
Adam is a recipient of several awards and his work has been featured by ABC News, CBS, NBC, New York Daily News, National Catholic Reporter, Ode Magazine, Yoga International Magazine and Sojourner Magazine.
For his new article called "My God Lives on the Street" please see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-bucko/my-god-lives-on-the-street_b_2347062.html Every semester, Dr. Heidi Upton, of the ICS, searches for someone who has decided to make the world a better place, and asks them to come to St. John's to tell their story. Adam Bucko is our fourth speaker in this series.
Do you know of just such a person? If so, let us know about it.
Contact Dr. Upton at email@example.com