Welcome to From the Center
As leaders of The Upper Room, we are delighted to welcome you to From the Center. This newsletter offers soul care for spiritual leaders and for the faith communities you serve.

During the next six weeks you will receive a weekly newsletter introducing you to the work of The Upper Room Center and inviting you to take a few moments to pause, practice, and reflect.

Beginning in August, you'll begin to receive a monthly newsletter with resources designed for your spiritual car
e. (Your Soul Care Kit will be sent to you in July.)
An Invitation

The Upper Room, like the church, yearns to meet people where they are. Some of us hope there is grounding beneath all these shifting sands of our world and culture. Some of us wonder if there is a safe place to be vulnerable. Some of us want to develop the empathy that supports our call to action and justice.
The staff and community of The Upper Room are experiencing the challenges of leading in a world that no longer turns to the church as authority or guide. We are hearing a call to walk alongside those who are wounded in our world. We look forward to our journey together toward being a new kind of people.
The Upper Room Center

Springing from God’s love for the world, The Upper Room Center for Christian Spiritual Formation exists to both invite and assist spiritual leaders to:
  • Choose the pilgrimage of faith
  • Increase attentiveness to God’s presence
  • Develop regular spiritual practice
  • Experience God’s power for healing and resurrection
  • Become partners with companions along the way
Tending Your Soul:
Becoming a Compassionate Neighbor to Myself

by Trevor Hudson 

Christ-followers who take seriously the gospel’s challenge to compassion often neglect to care for themselves. Whatever the reasons for this neglect (ranging from fear of doing anything that looks selfish, always wanting to please others, and needing to be needed to a sincere desire to put others first) inadequately caring for ourselves sets us up as prime candidates for compassion fatigue. We can care overmuch. Accepting the fact that we can care for others only when we care for ourselves guards us against the dangers of overcaring. ...

When we do not show compassion toward ourselves, our compassion for others becomes poisoned with harmful toxins. However, once we learn to love ourselves as God does, we become freer to pour out our lives in sacrificial self-giving and to do so without resentment and heaviness of spirit. Having a proper love for ourselves, we can then forget ourselves, reach out to others, and respond to their needs. Self-love and other-love are bound together. Perhaps for this reason Jesus reaffirmed the centuries-old levitical command given to the Hebrew people as binding upon his followers: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:39). How do we become compassionate neighbors to ourselve
s? Here is a menu of possibilities worth exploring. 
From A Mile in My Shoes: Cultivating Compassion by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2005 by Trevor Hudson. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Find this spiritual practice and others to strengthen your spiritual journey in The Upper Room's Resources.
Resources for Soul Care

The Upper Room Disciplines. A lectionary-based daily devotional written by spiritual leaders from around the world. Available in print and digital formats (email, web, app, e-readers). Learn more.

The Upper Room daily devotional guide. This daily devotional touches millions of people every day with inspirational messages of God's love. Available in print and digital formats (email, web, app). Learn more.

eLearning from The Upper Room. We offer spiritual learning and formation through online courses. Learn more.

Next week -- Choosing the pilgrimage of faith

The Upper Room Center for Christian Spiritual Formation
The Upper Room
P.O. Box 340004
Nashville, TN 37203-0004

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