burn-out is real, let us help

Put your own mask on first before offering assistance to others.

Being in the struggle implies…well, struggle. Most folks we know who work for social justice and in faith communities also struggle to find time to re-charge, and deepen their own spiritual lives.

Weekly Online Praxis Workshops — these sessions are a mix of spiritual practice and check in, helping you remember your spiritual values and draw from a deeper well of inspiration.

ReNew Retreats — these half-day retreats focuses on healing and resiliency — deepen your connection with the sacred and immerse yourself in contemplation, reflection, and creativity.  Through guided meditation, movement, art, and conversation, you’ll identify your own spiritual sources, explore your creative self, and imagine new connections and tools for resiliency.


The Ignite Institute: A leadership and innovation lab in Berkeley, CA

Bridging ancient sacred teachings and disruptive innovation, the Ignite Institute is a leadership and innovation lab in Berkeley, CA. Ignite develops visionary, socially-responsible leaders in both nonprofit and for-profit spaces, as well as creating innovative business models for social change.


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Deadline to apply is February 16th.


The Ignite Institute is helping to create a world where we all can flourish.

We do this by providing education and training for spiritually-rooted changemakers, excavating and communicating the transformational narratives within progressive spiritual traditions, and by anchoring a network of faith communities, social justice organizations, and activists working towards economic justice.


The Ignite Institute is incubator and hub for spirituality and social transformation. We are anchoring a community where spiritual leaders, social innovators, community leaders, and artists have the clarity and capacity to create a just/moral organization, movement and relationships.

Working for a better world can bring together a diverse community of varying religious and faith traditions grounded in key values, which CSST seeks to embody. These values include:


  • Love and Compassion: We are anchored in the good news that God’s love is for all of creation.
  • Spiritual Practice: We believe that spiritual practice transforms our work and us.
  • Justice: We seek justice for every person, every community, and the creation we are a part of.

We believe that formation in spiritual practices that nurture these values transforms our work, the world, and us.


The change makers are facing ever more complex challenges and diminishing resources need to create lasting change.  To be effective change-agents, organizations and leaders will have to go beyond avoiding burnout and hopelessness among staff, members and volunteers. We will have to cultivate the spiritual grit needed to sustain our work for decades; we will need to cultivate the moral imagination needed to project a transformative vision of world where all can flourish.

There is a growing awareness that no single leader, innovation or social movement can produce the scale of change our nation, much less our planet, needs to be sustainable. We will need to join with each other in adaptive organizations and flexible networks.


Our Theory of Change

To create social transformation, we will need to educate, inspire, and awaken a critical mass of activists and leaders who harness the organizational and spiritual resources of organizations, communities, and faith traditions.  These activists and leaders need to create and communicate a deeper vision of change.

We need spiritually grounded leaders whose work emerges not just from a desire to stop injustice, but from a vision to create justice for all. We need people who can exercise not just moral leadership, but the moral imagination needed to envision and create a new relationships, organizations, systems and structure create full flourishing on our planet.


Founded by Pacific School of Religion in 2013, the Ignite Institute (originally the Center for Spiritual and Social Transformation) exists to support, inspire, and train those who are working towards social justice in the world.