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Learning to Love as God Loves

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The contemplative way of being can tap into creative ways to envision a world that is loving and inclusive.

How do you evangelize for love? As we shift into a new year, many of us begin to examine new ways of thinking, being, and living. This month’s We Conspire series invites us to explore ways to enter a time of new beginnings grounded in love. 

In this 2021 Festival of Faiths video, Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, author of Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals and co-founder of the Mobile Homecoming Trust, invites us to explore what it means to be a “Black feminist love evangelist.” If we are to love as God loves, then we must learn to love things for what they are, not for what they do for us. That’s when we really begin to love our neighbor. 

Click to Watch: Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs discusses our role in making a world that is more loving and inclusive in this 23-minute video from the Festival of Faiths.

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Think of a time when you “caught the Spirit,” as Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs says in the video. How can you awaken more deeply to the loving inspiration of the Spirit?  Share your reflection with us. 

We Conspire is a series from the Center for Action and Contemplation featuring wisdom and stories from the emerging Christian contemplative movement. Sign up for the monthly email series and receive a free invitation to practice each month.

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