Tag Archives: Barbara Holmes

Crisis Contemplation

Western Christianity Crisis Contemplation Friday, September 21, 2018 As I mentioned earlier this week, Western Christianity neglected the systematic instruction of contemplative practice for hundreds of years. Yet many people naturally grow into nondual consciousness through great suffering or great love. Barbara Holmes suggests that “crisis contemplation” arose out of necessity during the “Middle Passage”… Continue Reading Crisis Contemplation

Christianity in the Desert

Early Christianity Christianity in the Desert Wednesday, September 5, 2018 For too long, little or no honor has been paid to those who have laid the foundations in Africa for the preservation of Christianity throughout the world. . . . [T]he roots and headwaters for this monastic flourishing had their source in African soil. Unfortunately,… Continue Reading Christianity in the Desert

A Rhythm of Retreat and Return

Early Christianity A Rhythm of Retreat and Return Tuesday, September 4, 2018 As Christianity rose to a position of power, rational thinking and individuals’ needs took priority over embodied, nondual consciousness and relationships. One of our CONSPIRE 2018 teachers, Barbara Holmes, recalls the early church’s commitment to contemplation and community and how, even when mainstream… Continue Reading A Rhythm of Retreat and Return

Other Ways of Knowing

Primal and Indigenous Spirituality Other Ways of Knowing Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Though I have no family ties to indigenous religions, I have great respect for their wisdom. I was honored to serve as a deacon at Acoma Pueblo many years ago and I continue to learn about the Pueblo, Diné (Navajo), and Apache peoples… Continue Reading Other Ways of Knowing

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

God Breaks In

Art: Week 1 God Breaks In Thursday, May 17, 2018 Today Barbara Holmes continues exploring the contemplative in surprising places: We are told that Jesus hung out with publicans, tax collectors, and sinners. Perhaps during these sessions of music, laughter, and food fellowship, there were also . . . moments when the love of God… Continue Reading God Breaks In

Perplexed into Contemplation

Art: Week 1 Perplexed into Contemplation Wednesday, May 16, 2018 The imagination offers revelation. It never blasts us with information or numbs us with description. . . . We find ourselves engaged in its questions and possibilities, and new revelation dawns. . . . The imaginative form of knowing is graced with gradualness. . .… Continue Reading Perplexed into Contemplation

Community: Weekly Summary

Community Summary: Sunday, May 6-Friday, May 11, 2018 God’s basic method of communicating God’s self is not the “saved” individual, the rightly informed believer, or even a person with a career in ministry, but the journey and bonding process that God initiates in community: in marriages, families, tribes, nations, events, scientists, and churches who are… Continue Reading Community: Weekly Summary

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