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Monthly Archives: August 2021

August 31, 2021

Nurturing Body and Spirit

Living Inside God’s Great Story Nurturing Body and Spirit Tuesday, August 31, 2021 The countless “me” and “our” stories reveal the infinite ways that God draws us—as individuals, communities, and cultures—to God’s Self. None of our smaller stories are complete until they are joined to God’s Great Story. Today, my friend and colleague Barbara Holmes… Continue Reading Nurturing Body and Spirit

August 30, 2021

Absolute Grace and Acceptance

Living Inside God’s Great Story Absolute Grace and Acceptance Monday, August 30, 2021 After high school seminary, my [Richard’s] next step toward becoming a Franciscan was a year-long novitiate in Cincinnati, Ohio. In those days we knelt a lot. I had calluses on my knees because we knelt so much. It was not modern spirituality, but it was… Continue Reading Absolute Grace and Acceptance

August 29, 2021

A Journey toward Greater Love

Living Inside God’s Great Story A Journey toward Greater Love Sunday, August 29, 2021 At the end of September, the CAC will host the seventh and final CONSPIRE conference. We are calling it Me/Us/The World: Living Inside God’s Great Story. Our own individual stories connect us to the stories of our larger communities and to… Continue Reading A Journey toward Greater Love

August 28, 2021

Unveiling the Universal Christ: Weekly Summary

Unveiling the Universal Christ Saturday, August 28, 2021 Week Thirty-Four Summary and Practice Sunday, August 22—Friday, August 27, 2021 Sunday The Christ Mystery that Paul speaks of in Colossians 1 is the indwelling of the Divine Presence in everyone and everything. Monday If we can believe that we are loved just as we are and… Continue Reading Unveiling the Universal Christ: Weekly Summary

August 27, 2021

Universal Christ Mystics

Unveiling the Universal Christ Universal Christ Mystics Friday, August 27, 2021 Perhaps because the Romans never occupied Ireland and parts of Scotland, the Celtic Christianity that developed there retained its connection to the natural world. The writer John Philip Newell explains how Pelagius (c. 354–418), an early and frequently misunderstood Celtic Christian theologian, saw creation… Continue Reading Universal Christ Mystics

August 26, 2021

Jesus and the Universal Christ

Unveiling the Universal Christ Jesus and the Universal Christ Thursday, August 26, 2021 Today Barbara Holmes shares the benefits of believing in a God who is both personal (Jesus) and universal (Christ). [As an African American woman,] I grew up with a preference for the flesh and blood divinity of Jesus because of the suffering,… Continue Reading Jesus and the Universal Christ

August 25, 2021

Expanding Our Capacity to Love

Unveiling the Universal Christ Expanding Our Capacity to Love Wednesday, August 25, 2021 To be loved by Jesus enlarges our heart capacity. To be loved by the Christ enlarges our mental capacity. We need both a Jesus and a Christ, in my opinion, to get the full picture. A truly transformative God—for both the individual… Continue Reading Expanding Our Capacity to Love

August 24, 2021

Mirroring the Mind of Christ

Unveiling the Universal Christ Mirroring the Mind of Christ Tuesday, August 24, 2021 For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, everything visible and everything invisible . . . —Colossians 1:16 The true and essential work of all religion is to help us recognize the divine image in everyone and every… Continue Reading Mirroring the Mind of Christ

August 23, 2021

Included from the Beginning

Unveiling the Universal Christ Included from the Beginning Monday, August 23, 2021 Our Living School faculty member, the Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes, understands the Universal Christ as a grand revelation of love at the foundation of the Universe. She says: There is so much to be gained if we allow the life space to unveil… Continue Reading Included from the Beginning

August 22, 2021

Unveiling the Great (Christ) Mystery

Unveiling the Universal Christ Unveiling the Great (Christ) Mystery Sunday, August 22, 2021 This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their… Continue Reading Unveiling the Great (Christ) Mystery

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