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Adam Bucko
Adam Bucko is an activist, spiritual director to many of New York City’s homeless youth, and co-author of a new award-winning book called "Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation".

He grew up in Poland during the totalitarian regime 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 addition to his work with homeless youth, Adam established HAB, an ecumenical and inter-spiritual “new monastic” fellowship for young people which offers formation in radical spirituality and sacred activism.

He collaborates with spiritual leaders across religious traditions and mentors young people, helping them discover a spiritual life in the 21st century and how to 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.

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Entries by Adam Bucko

Touching the Grief of God: On Prayer That Leads to Action

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2014 | 9:37 PM

It has been a brutal few months. We saw the Middle East burning as our TV screens filled with images of the broken bodies of innocent children in Gaza. Meanwhile, here in our own backyard, we were witness to the death of an unarmed black teenager and the subsequent outcry,...

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Spiritual Resources for Activists

(2) Comments | Posted September 20, 2014 | 4:01 PM

As we approach the anniversary weekend of the occupation of Zuccotti Park and the birth of the Occupy Movement, mainstream media will once again pronounce it as finished and wonder what, if anything, it accomplished. However, as John Wellington Ennis pointed out in a recent article the Occupy Movement

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Occupy Is Not Dead: A New Call for an Engaged Spirituality

(3) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 6:52 PM

People argue whether Occupy was successful and whether it is still around. To us, Occupy is not over. It is just beginning. Occupy is about intuition for justice that this new generation is sensing and giving birth to through their courage. Revolutions will come and go. Movements will change names...

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Interspiritual Revolution: How the Occupy Generation Is Re-Envisioning Spirituality and [New]Monasticism

(92) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 4:52 PM

"We must all achieve our identity on the basis of a radical authenticity ... [for] it is only in the real world of the person -- neither singular nor plural -- that the crucial factors influencing the course of the universe are at work." -- Raimundo Panikkar, "The Silence of...

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My God Lives on the Street

(40) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 1:32 PM

It's nighttime. I am walking outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal, that depressing brick behemoth on 42nd Street and Eight Avenue that is the main hub for buses arriving to and departing from New York City. I am looking for homeless kids, trying to spot new arrivals that might still...

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