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Science: Week 1 Summary

Science: Week 1

Summary: Sunday, November 1-Friday, November 6, 2015

The ever broader shape of the cosmos is becoming an ever broader shape for theology itself. (Sunday)

The Primal Anointing—“Christening”—of all matter with Spirit, which began in Genesis 1:1-2, is called “the Christ” in Christian shorthand. (Monday)

The mystery of cosmic incarnation eliminates any radical distinction between things, peoples, and creatures because Christ existed in all matter from the first moment of the Big Bang. (Tuesday)

We began as one and our goal is oneness. (Wednesday)

The Christ is God’s active power inside of the physical world. (Thursday)

The universe is ever changing, with the possibility—through our participation—of evolving toward greater love and wholeness. (Friday)


Practice: The Christ Hymn

I invite you to take all this heady information and experience it at the heart level through music, poetry, and paintings. The song, by Living School alumnae, creatively renders the hymn from Colossians 1:15-20 (Common English Bible):

The Son is the image of the invisible God,
the one who is first over all creation,
Because all things were created by him:
both in the heavens and on the earth,
the things that are visible and the things that are invisible.
Whether they are thrones or powers,
or rulers or authorities,
all things were created through him and for him.
He existed before all things,
and all things are held together in him.
He is the head of the body, the church,
who is the beginning,
the one who is firstborn from among the dead
so that he might occupy the first place in everything.
Because all the fullness of God was pleased to live in him,
and he reconciled all things to himself through him—
whether things on earth or in the heavens.
He brought peace through the blood of his cross.

Enjoy a short video of the song, “The Christ Hymn,” by Alana Levandoski, paintings by Julie Ann Stevens.

Gateway to Silence:
Evolving toward love

For further study:
Richard Rohr, Ilia Delio, and Shane Claiborne, The Francis Factor: How Saint Francis and Pope Francis are changing the world (MP4 download)

Ilia Delio, The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution, and the Power of Love

Richard Rohr, Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi

Image Credit: Veil Nebula Supernova Remnant (detail), NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team.
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