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Your Guide to Navigating Deconstruction & Disorder 

July 8th, 2024
Like Jonah in the belly of the whale, many of us feel uncomfortable with our faith at times. When the religious teachings of our early life no longer align with our current worldview, we may enter a time of religious deconstruction. For some, deconstructing their faith can feel inspiring. For others, especially

Your Guide to Exploring Spirituality & Sexuality 

July 2nd, 2024
Christians often associate sexual morality with a religious leader or denomination’s stance and rules about what is holy and pure, who belongs, and who doesn’t. That kind of rigid, dualistic thinking leads us away from the greatest commandment — love of God and love of neighbor. Have you ever been told that

Richard Rohr on Embracing the Fire of Transformation 

July 1st, 2024
"How could God conceivably be a punisher? God as an abusive father? It can't be true!" —Richard Rohr In this video, Fr. Richard Rohr invites us to reframe a metaphor of fire that is often shared in Christian circles. Consider shifting your understanding of Biblical fire by moving away from the fire of a punitive

Living in Service and Love in June’s We Conspire series

June 24th, 2024
“Spiritual power is more circular or spiral, and not so much hierarchical. It is shared and shareable. God’s Spirit is planted within each of us and operating as each of us (see Romans 5:5).” — Richard Rohr What if acts of service connected us more deeply to the Divine? Whether you dedicate your life to

Does Your Work Fulfill Your Spiritual Purpose? 

June 24th, 2024
On this moving episode of Love Period podcast with Rev. Jacqui Lewis, we explore a beautiful example of a life lived in deeply spiritual service with McArthur Genuis fellow and real-estate developer, Majora Carter.   Majora Carter is a real-estate developer, urban revitalization strategy consultant and MacArthur

Teresa of Ávila’s Call to Loving Service  

June 24th, 2024
Jon Hokama, Teaching Assistant for CAC’s online course, Interior Castle, shares a mystical experience of visiting the shrine of St. Teresa of Ávila—and his feeling of responsibility towards his fellow students of contemplation as he guides their path towards deeper union with the Divine. Anyone who has begun

Medieval Women Creating Lives of Radical Service 

June 24th, 2024
What would it look like to completely dedicate our lives in service to Divine Love? The medieval women of the Beguine order created a community built on simplicity, community, and service. What can their example offer us today? What if we created our own lives and communities that reflected our beliefs about

Your Guide to Spiritual Healing from Trauma & Church Hurt 

June 14th, 2024
When we are hurt by the people and places who represent God in our lives, we can get what Penobscot Nation activist Sherri Mitchell calls a “soul wound.” We lose trust in others, ourselves, and our ability to be loved when we experience spiritual abuse from toxic religion. Many of these hurt people begin faith

Your Guide to Contemplative Parenting & Conscious Caregiving 

June 7th, 2024
Many on the contemplative path ask themselves how they can better nurture their children’s minds, bodies, and spirits. Contemplative parenting can be especially challenging for those overcoming trauma from toxic religion, spiritual abuse, and faith deconstruction. Are you no longer connected to the church of

Participating in a Circle of Connection in May’s We Conspire Series

May 24th, 2024
What or who reminds you that we are all connected? In this month’s We Conspire series, we reflect on moments of sacred connection with each other and the natural world. Today, we have many ways of understanding how the world’s societies and ecologies interact with each other. Yet, as we move towards a world

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