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Take Your Place at the Table

Trinity: Part 1 Take Your Place at the Table Monday, May 6, 2019 In Genesis, we see the divine dance in an early enigmatic story (18:1-8). “The Lord” appears to Abraham as “three men” or “three angels,” and Abraham and Sarah seem to see the Holy One in the presence of these three; they bow… Continue Reading Take Your Place at the Table

The Death of Death

Jesus’ Resurrection The Death of Death Sunday, April 21, 2019 Easter The seeds of Easter are already found in Christmas. If God can become flesh, incarnating in the material world, then resurrection is a natural conclusion. Nothing divine can die. Easter isn’t celebrating a one-time miracle as if it only happened in the body of… Continue Reading The Death of Death

Shamanism

Primal and Indigenous Spirituality Shamanism Monday, August 6, 2018 Hiroshima Day Some of the earliest evidences of human expression—dating over 40,000 years ago—can be found in the caves of Indonesia, France, and Spain. While the original meanings of these paintings are unknown to us, many anthropologists suggest “shamanism” or what we might call mystical consciousness… Continue Reading Shamanism

Art: Week 2 Summary

Art: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, May 20-Friday, May 25, 2018 The Psalms—like all great art—lead us to a truer image of ourselves, reality, and God. (Sunday) When we work with our voice, we work with the core elements out of which the world came into being and through which it is sustained: breath, tone, intentionality,… Continue Reading Art: Week 2 Summary

Rap: Resistance and Reassurance

Art: Week 2 Rap: Resistance and Reassurance Friday, May 25, 2018 We’re far more comfortable recognizing the sacred in poetry and psalms than we are seeing it in our own popular culture . . . at least I know I am. Barbara Holmes explores breath and rhythm in rap, an art form of resistance and… Continue Reading Rap: Resistance and Reassurance

Blues and Jazz: Lament and Improvisation

Art: Week 2 Blues and Jazz: Lament and Improvisation Thursday, May 24, 2018 Today’s meditation is drawn from Barbara Holmes’ book Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church. She explores the blues—a musical form developed in the Deep South by African Americans in the late 19th century—and jazz—originating in New Orleans in the late… Continue Reading Blues and Jazz: Lament and Improvisation

Joy Unspeakable

Art: Week 2 Joy Unspeakable Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Last week I shared reflections from our CONSPIRE 2018 presenter Barbara Holmes on art that ordinarily has not been considered “sacred” by Western culture. Over the next few days I’d like to share more of her insights on music from African American culture and the black… Continue Reading Joy Unspeakable

Poetry

Art: Week 2 Poetry Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Before 500 BCE, religion and poetry were largely the same thing. People did not presume to be able to define the Mystery. They looked for words that could describe the Mystery. Poetry doesn’t claim to be a perfect description as dogma foolishly does. It’s a “hint half guessed,” to use T.… Continue Reading Poetry

Chant: Discovering Your Voice

Art: Week 2 Chant: Discovering Your Voice Monday, May 21, 2018 Chant is singing our prayers. Chant is vocal meditation. Chant is the breath made audible in tone. Chant is discovering Spirit in sound. —Robert Gass [1] My colleague, Center for Action and Contemplation faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault, sees the psalms as a powerful prophetic… Continue Reading Chant: Discovering Your Voice

The Psalms

Art: Week 2 The Psalms Sunday, May 20, 2018 So much of our lives is dictated by our preferences, what we like and don’t like. We all naturally gravitate toward what we find attractive, and there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. But we need to be aware that there are things deeper than our preferences.… Continue Reading The Psalms

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