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Contemplative Activists: Weekly Summary

Contemplative Activists Saturday, July 18, 2020 Summary: Sunday, July 12—Friday, July 17, 2020 In order to have the capacity to move the world, we need some “social distancing” and detachment from the diversions and delusions of mass culture and our false self. (Sunday) Dorothy Day’s spirituality and her social witness were equally rooted in the… Continue Reading Contemplative Activists: Weekly Summary

Civil Rights Contemplative

Contemplative Activists Civil Rights Contemplative Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Fannie Lou Hamer (1917–1977) is remembered for her strength and courage in the face of an oppressive system. During the Civil Rights Movement, she inspired others to reclaim their God-given dignity and demand full citizenship in the United States. CAC faculty member Barbara Holmes writes: [Fannie Lou Hamer is] a contemplative exemplar because… Continue Reading Civil Rights Contemplative

Crisis Contemplation

Contemplation and Racism Crisis Contemplation Thursday, June 11, 2020 Apart from a few monastic orders, Western Christianity neglected the systematic instruction of contemplative practice for hundreds of years. Yet many people naturally grow into nondual consciousness through great suffering or great love. Barbara Holmes suggests that “crisis contemplation” arose out of necessity during slavery, beginning… Continue Reading Crisis Contemplation

Contemplating Anger

Contemplation and Racism Contemplating Anger Tuesday, June 9, 2020 I have learned to use my anger for good. . . . Without it, we would not be motivated to rise to a challenge. It is an energy that compels us to define what is just and unjust. —Gandhi Today my colleague and CAC faculty member… Continue Reading Contemplating Anger

Am I Next?

Contemplation and Racism Am I Next? Sunday, June 7, 2020 During this time of social unrest, I invite you to sit with the powerful and uncomfortable emotions, such as anger or grief, that you may be carrying. Welcome them in the presence of God. As I often say, if we do not transform our pain,… Continue Reading Am I Next?

The Third and Fourth Conversions

Solidarity The Third and Fourth Conversions Wednesday, May 27, 2020 We continue our conversions to greater solidarity with the marginalized. The Third Conversion is when we idealize some of the virtues of the poor that we ourselves do not have. When the lens is cleared by our initial awakening to injustice, it is much easier… Continue Reading The Third and Fourth Conversions

Community: Weekly Summary

Community Saturday, May 9, 2020 Summary: Sunday, May 3 — Friday, May 9, 2020 How can the Center for Action and Contemplation continue to be of service, building on what God has already done with us? How can we offer something of further value that has authority and believability on its own? (Sunday) We learn… Continue Reading Community: Weekly Summary

The Beloved Community

Community The Beloved Community Friday, May 8, 2020 A contemplative person is someone who knows that they don’t know everything and trusts that they are being held by something much larger, wiser, and more loving than themselves. It is these very qualities that enable them to act on behalf of others and communities in need.… Continue Reading The Beloved Community

Liberation

Ways of Knowing Liberation
 Thursday, February 13, 2020 James Cone (1938–2018) is one of the greatest American theologians of this past century, yet sadly many Christians have never heard of him. His work laid the foundation for a liberation theology that spoke directly to the injustice, oppression, and violence faced by the Black community in the United States. Jesus made it clear that he came to bring “good news… Continue Reading Liberation

Trouble Don’t Last Always

Darkness Trouble Don’t Last Always Thursday, December 5, 2019 Today I share the writing of a modern mystic, Dr. Diana L. Hayes. She is an author and professor emerita of systematic theology at Georgetown University. I appreciate how her writing integrates her intellectual knowledge with her deeply embodied life experience. Hayes’ words are a testament… Continue Reading Trouble Don’t Last Always

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