In this unit, the Core Faculty explore the theme of Cosmic Incarnation. Richard Rohr will lead a study of the Christian doctrine of a Trinitarian God. Students will examine how this pattern is mirrored in the physical universe, is now being confirmed through science, and has always been revealed through the natural world and creation. James Finley will follow with a study of Trans-Cosmic Incarnation through the lens of Christian mystics who understand God as incarnate in life and reality. Students will see the vast expanse of this worldview as a Mystery intimately realized and learn their place and role in this inner landscape. Cynthia Bourgeault will complete this unit by walking students through her section, The Flowing Common Ground of Energy. Students will explore the cosmic spiritual worldview of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Raimon Panikkar’s pioneering work on how to make Christ experience accessible and in living dialogue with other spiritual traditions, and the metaphysical basis of Christian theology and cosmology.
Finally, Barbara Holmes will further the implication of the Cosmic Incarnation by exploring themes of her book Race and the Cosmos. Holmes adds insight into how cosmology has the potential to shift the conversation on race (and ultimately any system of domination). As rhetorician, she employs the power of words to reframe our societal constructs from a cosmic and quantum perspective with practical implications on personal and communal levels. By addressing the current poverty of a believable cosmology—and therefore its hostile impact on humanity—students will be empowered to participate in a new way of seeing and being in relationships (human/divine, human/universe, human/human, and human/systems) by embracing a sound cosmology.
The contextual lens of this study has the potency to personalize and universalize the message: cosmology affects ethics, morals, spirituality, and human capacity for full participation in complex (and messy) unification.