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The love of God creates in us such a oneing that when it is truly seen, no person can separate themselves from another person. —Julian of Norwich

Established in 2013, ONEING is the biannual journal of the Center for Action and Contemplation. Renowned for its diverse and deep exploration of mysticism and culture, ONEING is grounded in Richard Rohr’s teachings and wisdom lineage. Each issue features a themed collection of thoughtfully curated essays and critical perspectives from spiritual teachers, activists, modern mystics, and prophets of all religions.

Include and Transcend

ONEING Vol. 8 No. 2
By Richard Rohr | ONEING Vol. 8 No. 2 | Order, Disorder, Reorder he human preference for binary thinking has kept us from seeing that when history evolves with a new idea, cultural mood, or consciousness, we need not (dare not, actually!) completely exclude the previous idea, mood, or consciousness. We grow best by including… Continue Reading Include and Transcend

New Issue: Order, Disorder, Reorder

ONEING Vol. 8 No. 2
Explore the transformational journey of order, disorder, and reorder with the five faculty members of the Center for Action and Contemplation — Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, James Finley, Barbara Holmes, and Brian McLaren — within the context of their unique ways of teaching and their own “vocabularies, symbols, and metaphors.” Oneing: Order, Disorder, Reorder (Fall… Continue Reading New Issue: Order, Disorder, Reorder

Contemplating Anger

ONEING Vol. 6 No. 1
We are sharing this article from a past issue of ONEING on Anger written by Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) faculty member Dr. Barbara Holmes in hopes that her words will inspire people to step across the boundaries of our comfortable certainties and embrace a communal contemplative moment of racial solidarity. In these times… Continue Reading Contemplating Anger

New Issue: Liminal Space

ONEING Vol. 8 No. 1
Explore the Mystery and Transformation of Liminal Space in the new issue of Oneing A liminal or threshold experience can take many forms: a time of birth, a transition from life to death, or even a global pandemic that shuts down the status quo, forcing us into silence and solitude. As Richard Rohr writes in his… Continue Reading New Issue: Liminal Space


ONEING Vol. 8 No. 1
By Richard Rohr | ONEING Vol. 8 No. 1 | Liminal Space I’ve been fascinated by initiation rites for much of my adult life, after witnessing some in Africa and Australia. America is a ritually starved culture, at least when it comes to meaningful rituals beyond blowing out the candles on a birthday cake. True… Continue Reading Introduction


ONEING Vol. 8 No. 1
By Felicia Murrell | ONEING Vol. 8 No. 1 | Liminal Space Eight days after each of our boys turned thirteen, my husband and I held a rites of passage ceremony for them. Though we are an African-American family— several generations beyond the atrocities of enslavement our ancestors suffered—when I crafted the details of these… Continue Reading Transition

Jesus the Lighthouse

ONEING Vol. 8 No. 1
By Josh Radnor | ONEING Vol. 8 No. 1 | Liminal Space I am Jewish. I also love Jesus. This has not been uncomplicated for me. Jews have a fascinating relationship to Jesus. By “fascinating,” I mean that we act like he never really happened. I’ve always found it odd that there could be a… Continue Reading Jesus the Lighthouse

Ephemeral, Birthroot

ONEING Vol. 8 No. 1
By Kelsea Habecker | ONEING Vol. 8 No. 1 | Liminal Space Trillium have been used traditionally as uterine stimulants. The feel of dune grass sawing against my bare child feet has circled away like a hawk climbing beyond sight, but I remember the winters: bare branches marking their crooked intentions against a white sky… Continue Reading Ephemeral, Birthroot
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