Tag Archives: Barbara Holmes

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

Holistic Knowing

Cosmology: Part One Holistic Knowing Tuesday, August 27, 2019 The sciences will just separate the human off and focus on the physical aspects of the universe and the religious traditions will shy away from the universe because that’s reserved for science. So cosmology is an attempt to deal with the whole and the nature of… Continue Reading Holistic Knowing

God’s Abiding Presence

Black Women Mystics God’s Abiding Presence Monday, July 29, 2019 Today, I’d like to feature the words of a modern mystic I am honored to know. Dr. Barbara Holmes is a teacher in our own Living School, a former lawyer, professor, and author of several books. She has taught me, our staff, and students so… Continue Reading God’s Abiding Presence

Mystic: Howard Thurman: Weekly Summary

Mystic: Howard Thurman Summary: Sunday, July 21—Friday, July 26, 2019 The goal of life is God! The source of life is God! —Howard Thurman (Sunday) God reveals God’s Presence out of the mystery of Being. —Howard Thurman (Monday) Faith teaches us that God is. —Howard Thurman (Tuesday) It has long been a matter of serious… Continue Reading Mystic: Howard Thurman: Weekly Summary

Kenosis: Letting Go

Contemplation: Week 2 Kenosis: Letting Go Friday, December 21, 2018 [Contemplative] practices beckon earthbound bodies toward an expanded receptivity to holiness. . . . Receptivity is not a cognitive exercise but rather the involvement of intellect and senses in a spiritual reunion and oneness with God. . . . [The] contemplative moment is a spiritual… Continue Reading Kenosis: Letting Go

Connecting to the Eternal

Contemplation: Week 2 Connecting to the Eternal Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Barbara Holmes, one of our CONSPIRE 2018 teachers, writes about the beautiful diversity of contemplative practices as paths toward the source of our being: Although Africana and European Christians share a common contemplative history, there are specific differences in expectation and practice. . .… Continue Reading Connecting to the Eternal

Contemplation: Week 1 Summary

Contemplation: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, December 9-Friday, December 14, 2018 Contemplation is an exercise in openness, in keeping all three spaces open: heart, mind, and body. (Sunday) Contemplation is the highest expression of [human] intellectual and spiritual life. It is that life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive. —Thomas Merton… Continue Reading Contemplation: Week 1 Summary

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