These Principles and Skills of Loving were written in the 1960s by Jerry Jud, who founded Shalom Mountain Retreat and Study Center in the Catskills of New York State.  These few dozen words are a succinct overview of the teachings, stories, and example of Jesus, and since I went on my first retreat at Shalom Mountain, in 1996, I have used them as a guide for becoming an intentionally loving person.

I use the word “becoming” deliberately, for it is a process of continual learning.  I continue to take up my bed and walk.

Also helpful to me is the wisdom below, Five Precious Jewels, distilled from a talk by Jerry Jud, on the occasion of his 90th birthday in May, 2009.

6 thoughts on “Loving

  1. Hello Joanna. Cool site.

    I think that I am your cousin and I also like Crazy Diamonds. Pretty sure your grandfather (Jake) was my grandfathers (Henry) brother. My father (John) changed his name to Sparks in the 60s. So I too am a Funk.

    • I think you are right. You are a cousin to Joanna. Your grandfather(Henry) was a brother to my father (Jake), and a grandfather to JOanna. I am an aunt to Joanna and so that also makes us relatives but I can never figure out what that is. Good to hear from you.

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