“Service is reaching in toward our own wholeness, reaching out towards the worlds needs,
and trying to live our lives at the intersection”  Parker Palmer

  • Read stories from the Service Committee about the variety of ways to serve here.
  • Read Al Rider’s inspiring interview with Dhyana Raynor: A Sage in Service!
  • Read Pat Hoertdoerfer’s story here about how she and her husband pass on their values to their seven grandchildren through the Cousins Camp they created.


With a confidence born from harvesting life experience and a humility that sees service as the natural result of continued inner growth, we find ways to serve everyday. This generosity of spirit elicits joy in human relations while positively benefiting the communities and cultures we serve.

Deep Listening

Deep listening is our ability to be present to another’s story without fixing the problem or judging. Deep listening is at the core of our service, building relationships and forming community.

Read about a Sage’s story here.


With a deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it, we serve from a deep passion that includes caring and understanding, reciprocity and forgiveness.

Read about a Sage’s story here.

Through deep acceptance of our lives we remember to laugh, play and see humor in life. Our spirit is regularly filled with feelings of joy as we celebrate how extraordinary it is to be alive.

Read about a Sage’s story here.


Practicing inner calm that can come from a sense of gratitude, we speak and act in non-violent ways. Pursuing peaceful solutions to conflict, we respect and promote justice in relationships.

Read about a Sage’s story here.

Open Communication

We practice effective communication by honoring mutuality in speech with language that reflects accurate, clear information and nurtures trust in relationships.

Read about a Sage’s story here.

Lifelong Learning

With enduring curiosity and innovative creativity, we have a personal mission to continue to grow spiritually, cognitively, and emotionally.

Read about a Sage’s story here.


By acceptance and celebration of the rich diversity of ethnicities, lifestyles, backgrounds, ages and spiritual/wisdom traditions in every community, we cooperate in helping others and making a difference for good in the world.

Read about a Sage’s story here.


We practice integrity by being genuine and true to ourselves, being honest and trustworthy in relations with others, and being truthful in word and action in all circumstances.

Read  about a Sage’s story here.

We bring an attitude of respect and care for all living things and become stewards of our precious planet Earth. We engage in programs and projects with partnerships to nurture and sustain the wellbeing of the human family and planet Earth.

Read about a Sage’s story here.



Affirming the worth of self and others, we strive to treat others as they want to be treated. Respect is a non-judgmental attitude and a feeling of value and care for people, places, and things. This attitude is linked to behavior in how we “treat” ourselves and others, in how we speak and what we do.

Read about a Sage’s story here.