Kinship—the Path of Loving Kindness and Service to Humanity

This concentration awakens in us the understanding that "our neighbor is our self".

As expressed by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

The great teachers gave to the world that simple philosophy which even a child knows: to love one another, to be kind, to be sincere and to serve one another.

—Hazrat Inayat Khan

The teaching and practices of Kinship revolve around the cultivation of 5 core values, each building and depending upon the others:

  1. Respect for all
  2. Cultivation of Sympathy that evolves into Empathy for others
  3. Understanding and Friendship toward all
  4. Tolerance and Forgiveness as a way of life
  5. Developing a sense of Unity, which is our interconnection with and our dependence upon all life on Earth

The Kinship Concentration offers the following activities:

  • Service Circle Ceremony – for the benefit, service, and blessing of humanity
  • The Kinship Pledge
  • Informed use of the Iron, Copper, Silver, and Golden Rules of Hazrat Inayat Khan for personal transformation
  • Sharing in Service Projects
  • World Meditations - a set of meditations done for the world as a whole
  • Personal Development that offers training and resources to: Promote awareness and understanding of our diverse gifts; help us to better understand our underlying assumptions and motivations; Explore ways to leverage differences to positively impact others in their homes, workplaces, and communities