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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

Crisis Contemplation

The Path of Descent Crisis Contemplation Tuesday, March 24, 2020 The curtailing of individual freedom to live, move, and work may be a new experience for some of us—but is familiar to communities who have suffered from oppression for centuries. By necessity, they have developed ways of coping with fear and uncertainty on an individual… Continue Reading Crisis Contemplation

Stardust and A Divine Spark

Ways of Knowing Stardust and A Divine Spark 
 Friday, February 14, 2020 In her book Race and the Cosmos, Dr. Barbara Holmes presents a new way for us to address oppression by recognizing who we are and the commonality we share as members of the human race. When we encounter other ways of knowing, we… Continue Reading Stardust and A Divine Spark

Silence, the Great Teacher

Action and Contemplation: Part One Silence, the Great Teacher Tuesday, January 7, 2020 It seems like our society is at a low point in terms of how we talk about challenging, controversial topics within our political discourse and even our church reflections. I believe the only way through this polarization is a re-appreciation for silence.… Continue Reading Silence, the Great Teacher

Darkness: Weekly Summary

Darkness Summary: Sunday, December 1—Friday, December 7, 2019 People who live with faith in the midst of darkness never stop growing, are not easily defeated, are wise and compassionate, and frankly, are fun to live with. They have a quiet and confident joy. (Sunday) Experiences of darkness are good and necessary teachers. They are not… Continue Reading Darkness: Weekly Summary

Working Together

Peacemakers Working Together Friday, September 20, 2019 If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. — Shared by Lilla Watson [1] In our Living School, we emphasize contemplative solidarity with those who are marginalized… Continue Reading Working Together

Cosmology: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Cosmology: Part Two Summary: Sunday, September 1—Friday, September 6, 2019 Evolution brings with it the rise of consciousness, and as consciousness rises, so too does awareness of God. —Ilia Delio (Sunday) To see evolution as revelatory of the divine Word means that we come to see the various forms and rhythms of nature as reflective… Continue Reading Cosmology: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Expanded Options

Cosmology: Part Two Expanded Options Tuesday, September 3, 2019 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. —1 Corinthians 13:12 Living School faculty member Dr. Barbara Holmes writes about our work for justice as… Continue Reading Expanded Options

The Drinking Gourd

Cosmology: Part One The Drinking Gourd Thursday, August 29, 2019 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of God’s hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into… Continue Reading The Drinking Gourd

A Mighty Something

Cosmology: Part One A Mighty Something Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Most people believe that physicists are explaining the world. . . . They are only dancing with it. —Gary Zukav [1] How do we know what is real? I’m sure you’ve heard the story of a group of people who are blind describing an elephant,… Continue Reading A Mighty Something

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