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Monthly Archives: September 2017

September 10, 2017

Human Development through Scripture

Prophets Human Development through Scripture Sunday, September 10, 2017 The Hebrew Scriptures are divided into three major sections: the Torah, the Prophets, and the Wisdom books. Theologian Walter Brueggemann observes that these three excellently represent the development of human consciousness itself. [1] The Torah (the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) gave the… Continue Reading Human Development through Scripture

September 9, 2017

Hope in the Darkness: Weekly Summary

Hope in the Darkness Summary: Sunday, September 3-Friday, September 8, 2017 Patience comes from our attempts to hold together an always-mixed reality. Perfectionism only makes us resentful and judgmental. (Sunday) It is only by a foundational trust in the midst of suffering, some ability to bear darkness and uncertainty, and learning to be comfortable with… Continue Reading Hope in the Darkness: Weekly Summary

September 8, 2017

Grief

Hope in the Darkness Grief Friday, September 8, 2017 My friend and fellow teacher Mirabai Starr has become intimate with darkness through studying and translating the work of St. John of the Cross, as well as her own journey through the tragic loss of her daughter. Here she describes the experience of spiritual darkness and… Continue Reading Grief

September 7, 2017

The Dark Night of the Soul

Hope in the Darkness The Dark Night of the Soul Thursday, September 7, 2017 I came out of the seminary in 1970 thinking that my job was to have an answer for every question. What I’ve learned is that not-knowing and often not even needing to know is—surprise of surprises—a deeper way of knowing and… Continue Reading The Dark Night of the Soul

September 6, 2017

Changing Our View of God

Hope in the Darkness Changing Our View of God Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Through darkness and doubt often come the greatest creativity and faith. Our faith is strengthened every time we go through a period of questioning: “Why do I believe this? Do I believe this at all? What do I base my life on?”… Continue Reading Changing Our View of God

September 5, 2017

Two Kinds of Darkness

Hope in the Darkness Two Kinds of Darkness Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Darkness is a good and necessary teacher. It is not to be avoided, denied, run from, or explained away. First, like Ezekiel the prophet, we must eat the scroll that is “lamentation, wailing, and moaning” in our belly, and only eventually becomes sweet… Continue Reading Two Kinds of Darkness

September 4, 2017

Entering the Dark Wood

Hope in the Darkness Entering the Dark Wood Monday, September 4, 2017 The mystics of all the great religions, along with classic literature like Homer’s Odyssey, intuited that life was a journey involving completion of a first half and transition to a second half, sometimes called “a further journey.” Yet most of us were given the… Continue Reading Entering the Dark Wood

September 3, 2017

Seeing through Shadows

Hope in the Darkness Seeing through Shadows Sunday, September 3, 2017 Spiritual transformation is often thought of as movement from darkness to light. In one sense that is true, while in another sense, this image fails to show the whole picture. Darkness is always present alongside the light. Pure light blinds; shadows are required for… Continue Reading Seeing through Shadows

September 2, 2017

Forgiveness: Weekly Summary

Forgiveness Summary: Sunday, August 27-Friday, September 1, 2017 Let’s ask for the grace to let go of those grudges and hurts we hold on to, and let’s do it now and not wait until later. (Sunday) Nothing new happens without forgiveness. (Monday) God does not love us if we change; God loves us so that… Continue Reading Forgiveness: Weekly Summary

September 1, 2017

Alumni Newsletter — September 2017

Alumni Newsletter September 2017 A Note from the Staff A few days ago, I stood with two cherished friends on the top of a knoll overlooking the mighty Atlantic in southern Maine. . . . We stood together and stretched out our arms over the ocean in blessing of all the children of the world.… Continue Reading Alumni Newsletter — September 2017

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