Jack Lynch Chaplain of Compassion

 
 

In July 2011, I was ordained as a One Spirit Inter Faith Minister and Spiritual Counsellor by the Interfaith Seminary, London, and am a member of the Interfaith Ministers Association (IMA). 

I have been a facilitator for RESTORE, prison workshops of The Forgiveness Project (TFP), and completed TFP’s Diploma course, in conjunction with NAOS, in Group Facilitation, Conflict Resolution & Counselling Skills.  The diploma was awarded to me in January 2013.

My training also includes a background in theatre with a BA from the Naropa University, Boulder, an MFA from the University of Iowa, as well as training in bodymind awareness work and therapeutic massage.   I am a founding member and artistic director of LynchPin Productions Theatre Company.

For the past 14 years I have been a member of an on-going men’s group that meets fortnightly, and have worked in men’s initiation and the sacred masculine. 

My daily practice is a mixture of reading from a variety of inspirational and therapeutic texts, meditation, and bodymind centering work. 

During my studies at the Interfaith Seminary I stepped onto the Path of Compassion, being strongly influenced by the work of Karen Armstrong and the Charter for Compassion, of which I have signed onto and am a partner.  Because of these experiences, I have taken the title ‘Chaplain of Compassion’, which  best describes my path.

My personal vow is in two parts, the first in the form of a prayer taken, in part, from Integral Life and the work of Ken Wilber:

May my consciousness and my behavior be of service and a refuge to all beings in all worlds, liberating all into the suchness of this and every moment, as I walk on this path of compassion, of forgiveness, of mercy and of grace. I vow to stand fully in my vulnerable heart-self.


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Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu,

Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen.  Not any religion


or cultural system.  I am not from the East

or the West, not out of the ocean or up


from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not

composed of elements at all.  I do not exist,


am not an entity in this world or the next,

did not descend from Adam and Eve or any


origin story.  My place is placeless, a trace

of the traceless.  Neither body or soul,


I belong to the beloved, have seen the two

worlds as one and that one call to and know,


first, last, out, inner, only that

breath breathing human being.


Rumi

as translated by Coleman Barks

"I found Jack to be insightful, gentle and caring with a great depth of love and compassion that is supportive and helpful." Trish


“Jack helped me grow as a living, breathing, conscious person: mentally, emotionally, spiritually (even dramatically!) and continues to do so. He's helped me scale my own mountain.” Gareth


"Jack is intuitive, gentle, strong, and clear. Our work together truly helped me deepen into the beauty of what it is to be a human being.” Martha


‘The support he gave me was beyond anything I could expect from anyone.’ Stuart

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