Jay Michaelson | www.jaymichaelson.net
Topic: Assertion and Surrender on the Spiritual Path- When do we need to “go for it” and when do we need to relinquish in our spiritual practice?- Buddhist enlightenment stories of the Buddha and Ananda, illustrating two different paths to awakening- Challenges of the ego in both directions: I can’t do it, I can do it.
Jay Michaelson is the founding director of Nehirim. For over ten years, Jay has been a leading advocate for the inclusion of sexual minorities in religious communities, and writes and teaches frequently on issues of sexuality and religion. His work has been covered in the New York Times, CNN, and NPR, and he has appeared on the cover of Tikkun magazine, Religion Dispatches, and other publications. In 2009, Jay was recognized on the Forward 50 list of the fifty most influential Jewish leaders in America. Jay has been on the teaching faculties of the Human Rights Campaign, Empire State Pride Agenda, and other LGBT activist organizations.