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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

Reflecting on CONSPIRE 2018

LS Alumni and Students Reflect on CONSPIRE 2018 Mark Longhurst (’15) CONSPIRE 2018 dared to open a thematic gateway to challenging terrain that few spirituality conferences tread: the path of descent as the path of transformation. As Fr. Richard Rohr said in his conference video invitation, “Failure, relapse, death, and woundedness are our primary teachers.… Continue Reading Reflecting on CONSPIRE 2018

Book Review: Race and the Cosmos

Book Review Race and the Cosmos: An Invitation to View the World Differently by Barbara Holmes Byron McMillan (’19) There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. —Machiavelli Race and the… Continue Reading Book Review: Race and the Cosmos

Alumni Newsletter — November 2018

A Note from the Editor Dear Living School Alumni, Most of us, having been “sent” by the Living School, are doing the work of integrating action and contemplation. Fr. Richard Rohr tells us “and” is the most important word in the Center’s name. One way to describe Living School alumni is those who are “sent”… Continue Reading Alumni Newsletter — November 2018

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