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Practicing Compassion

An Academy Recommends eCourse

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Compassion is more than a sympathetic feeling—it is the bond of human connection. Most religions lift up compassion, yet few people actually teach how to practice it.

Through rich and moving stories of people from various faiths, Frank Rogers, an Academy for Spiritual Formation faculty and advisory board member, shows ways to incorporate compassion in our daily lives. His interfaith perspective on mercy, kindness, and caring for one another trains us to Pay attention, Understand empathically, Love with connection, Sense the sacredness, and Embody new life (PULSE). Key to Rogers' instruction is that we begin our compassion practice by extending compassion to ourselves. Getting in touch with our breath, with our own belovedness, and grounding ourselves in the midst of tumultuous emotions is where we start our practice of extending compassion to the world.

Our eCourse includes:

  • all essential content from Practicing Compassion by Frank Rogers
  • video introductions to each chapter with Frank Rogers
  • audio recordings of guided meditations
  • questions for personal reflection
  • a place to exchange comments with others learning to practice compassion
  • access to tech support and course interaction with The Upper Room staff

Endorsements for Practicing Compassion

Everybody believes in compassion, but nobody tells you how to practice it. Until now. Frank Rogers turns compassion into a doable, daily practice—as simple as catching your breath and taking your pulse. If you want to read a book that actually has the capacity to change your life (and the world), beginning today, this is exactly what you need. —Brian D. McLaren, Author/speaker/blogger/activist (brianmclaren.net)

If you want clear, practical guidance on how to cultivate the inner resources to become a healing presence and force of good for the world, there is no better book than this and no better guide than Frank Rogers. —John Makransky, Professor of Comparative Theology, Boston College; Author of Awakening through Love


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Your Instructor

Frank Rogers Jr.
Frank Rogers Jr.

Dr. Frank Rogers Jr. is the Muriel Bernice Roberts Professor of Spiritual Formation and Narrative Pedagogy at the Claremont School of Theology and codirector of the Center for Engaged Compassion. His research and teaching focus is on spiritual formation.

Frank also is a spiritual director and Internal Family Systems practitioner. He earned his spiritual direction certificate of completion through Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, and offers IFS therapy in private practice, as a consultant, and through retreats.

Frank is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and lives in Claremont, California, with his wife, Alane, and three boys, Justin, Michael, and Sammy.

Course Content

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The eCourse starts when you are ready to begin and will remain open indefinitely. It’s self-paced, so you can decide when to start and when to finish. Our LIVE practice sessions are held once each week for one hour, July 13-August 14, 2020.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like—across any devices you own. We’ll give you plenty of notice should we need to close the eCourse.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We don’t want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days, and we will give you a full refund.
Who sponsors these online courses?
These online courses are brought to you by The Upper Room and The Academy for Spiritual Formation.

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