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All Spiritual Knowing Must Be Balanced by Not-Knowing

Knowing and Not Knowing All Spiritual Knowing Must Be Balanced by Not-Knowing Monday, January 27, 2020 It is amazing how religion has turned the biblical idea of faith around 180 degrees—into a need and even a right to certain knowing, complete predictability, and perfect assurance about whom and what God likes or doesn’t like. Why do we think we can have the… Continue Reading All Spiritual Knowing Must Be Balanced by Not-Knowing

Reorder

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part Two Reorder Friday, December 20, 2019 I have known and cared deeply for people in recovery for most of my professional life. In my experience, it is as if they live inside a much bigger world full of endurance, meaning, hope, self-esteem, true desire, and, most especially, a bottomless pool of love… Continue Reading Reorder

The Twelve Steps as Shadow Work

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part One The Twelve Steps as Shadow Work Thursday, December 12, 2019 Step Four: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. [1] Jesus said, “The truth will set you free,” (John 8:32) and I always feel compelled to add, “But first it will make you miserable.” There is no other way… Continue Reading The Twelve Steps as Shadow Work

Release and Healing

Art: Old and New Release and Healing Thursday, November 14, 2019 My art flows from the patterns and paths of my lived experience which—like yours—are at once deeply personal and entirely universal. —Julie Ann Stevens, Living School Alumna [1] Today contemporary theologian Dr. Diana L. Hayes shares a very personal part of her life and… Continue Reading Release and Healing

Senses Unfamiliar

Ways of Knowing Senses Unfamiliar Friday, October 18, 2019 One of the gifts of Native traditions is their openness to wisdom from many avenues beyond rational thought—community, ancestors, dance, drumming, nature, and symbols that speak deeply to the unconscious. I am humbled to learn from our Pueblo, Apache, and Navajo brothers and sisters here in… Continue Reading Senses Unfamiliar

A Strange New World

Ways of Knowing A Strange New World Tuesday, October 15, 2019 I grew up relatively sheltered in my Kansas home and in Catholic schools. However, over the years, life has provided me with countless opportunities to meet people whose different experiences and understandings have opened unseen doors and enriched my knowing. Moving out of our… Continue Reading A Strange New World

Corporate Love

Oneness Corporate Love Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Humans throughout history have often had a strong appreciation for and connection with their ancestors. I think the collective notion of oneness is what Christians were trying to verbalize when they made a late addition to the ancient Apostles’ Creed: “I believe in the communion of saints.” They… Continue Reading Corporate Love

The Suffering of God

Oneness The Suffering of God Sunday, September 22, 2019 I am not alone in my tiredness or sickness or fears, but at one with millions of others from many centuries, and it is all part of life. —Etty Hillesum [1] Just days before I began writing my book about the Universal Christ, I learned that… Continue Reading The Suffering of God

Embodying Nonviolence

Peacemakers Embodying Nonviolence Tuesday, September 17, 2019 Mohandas Gandhi (1869–1948) used to say that every world religion knows that Jesus taught nonviolence, lived nonviolently, and died a nonviolent death except one: Christianity! Gandhi took the Gospel and his own Hindu texts seriously. He believed our core identity is union with God and that the fruit… Continue Reading Embodying Nonviolence

Why Are You Here?

Mystic: Howard Thurman Why Are You Here? Thursday, July 25, 2019 Today, as you read this second excerpt from Howard Thurman’s book Jesus and the Disinherited, hold an open heart and mind. In other words, read with a contemplative stance. The meditation ends with a question that I’ll hope you’ll sit with—as Thurman and his… Continue Reading Why Are You Here?

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