Giving Thanks, Receiving Grace: What Buddhism Can Teach Christians about Gratitude (Convergence)


When we think about gratitude, we think about what we are receiving. For many of us, receiving gifts and grace from others is uncomfortable. Our ability to receive is influenced by cultural messaging about selfishness.

We are taught that:

• It is selfish to take care of themselves before thinking about others.
• Giving is better than receiving.
• Personal sacrifice brings spiritual understanding.

Therefore, we become confused about how to receive, or even if it is OK to receive. This can leave us feeling empty.

It is helpful at the time of Thanksgiving to look at not only at what we have received but how will we know how to receive.

Join Buddhist teacher, Rev. Dr. Isa Gucciardi, as she explores what Buddhism can teach Christians about giving thanks and receiving grace. The session will be hosted by Christian minister, Rev. Cameron Trimble, and include a dialogue between these two faith leaders to deepen our experience of gratitude.

Giving Thanks, Receiving Grace Faculty

Isa Gucciardi
Isa Gucciardi is the founding director of the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, a school for consciousness studies in Berkeley, CA. She is the creator of Depth Hypnosis, which combines shamanic practice and Buddhist philosophy to create a catalytic spiritual counseling model that brings the power of these ancient wisdom systems into the modern therapeutic setting. She is the author of Coming to Peace, The New Return to the Great Mother, and the forthcoming, Depth Hypnosis, a Path to Inner Transformation.

Cameron Trimble
Rev. Cameron Trimble is the CEO of Convergence, an international leadership consultancy. She serves as a senior consultant, a frequent speaker on national speaking circuits, is a pilot and an author. Her books include Liberating Hope: Daring to Renew the Mainline Church, Piloting Church: Helping Your Congregation Take Flight, and 60 Days of Faith. Trimble is also an adjunct professor teaching leadership and organizational development. She is an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ.