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Civil Rights and Obligations

Prophets: Part One Civil Rights and Obligations Thursday, July 4, 2019 Sister Simone Campbell, SSS—known as “the nun on the bus”—is someone I consider a modern prophet. She is the Executive Director of NETWORK, an organization that lobbies for socially just federal policies. On this “Independence Day” (in the United States), reflect on Sr. Simone’s… Continue Reading Civil Rights and Obligations

Speaking the Truth from Within

Prophets: Part One Speaking the Truth from Within Monday, July 1, 2019 A prophet is one who names a situation truthfully in its largest context without being pulled into dualistic factions. Scripture shows the Hebrew prophets speaking to the people as one of their own, not above or apart from the community. Prophets share in… Continue Reading Speaking the Truth from Within

Unity and Diversity: Weekly Summary

Unity and Diversity Summary: Sunday, June 2—Friday, June 7, 2019 Unitive consciousness—the awareness that we are all one in Love—lays a solid foundation for social critique and acts of justice. (Sunday) In the Trinity, the three must be maintained as three and understood as different from one another. Yet the infinite trust and flow between… Continue Reading Unity and Diversity: Weekly Summary

Diversity, Essence, and Communion

Unity and Diversity Diversity, Essence, and Communion Friday, June 7, 2019 Sr. Joan Brown is a longtime friend and Franciscan, serving as Executive Director of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light, a nonprofit that works for climate justice. She writes about three foundational principles needed for harmony and wholeness: All of us who live, breathe,… Continue Reading Diversity, Essence, and Communion

Cross-cultural Discipleship

Unity and Diversity Cross-cultural Discipleship Wednesday, June 5, 2019 If God is always Mystery, then God is always in some way the unfamiliar, beyond what we’re used to, beyond our comfort zone, beyond what we can explain or understand. Many first learn to love and know God through the familiar, human face of Jesus and… Continue Reading Cross-cultural Discipleship

The Age of Spirit

Indwelling Spirit The Age of Spirit Monday, May 20, 2019 The Holy Spirit is sent to the entire universe and since creation has been transforming [the universe], carrying it toward the final resurrection. . . . The same Spirit renews humanity. . . . This new humanity must move all nations, each in accordance with… Continue Reading The Age of Spirit

Growing in Christ: Week 2 Summary

Growing in Christ: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, March 24—Friday, March 29, 2019 To grow toward love, union, salvation, or enlightenment (I use the words almost interchangeably), we must be moved from Order to Disorder and finally to Reorder. (Sunday) It seems we all begin in naïveté and eventually return to a “second naïveté” or simplicity,… Continue Reading Growing in Christ: Week 2 Summary

Consciously Evolving

Christ in Evolution Consciously Evolving Friday, March 15, 2019 Ilia Delio explores what it means to consciously, intentionally participate in evolution: Because we humans are in evolution we must see Christ in evolution as well—Christ’s humanity is our humanity, Christ’s life is our life. . . . To live Christ is to live community; to… Continue Reading Consciously Evolving

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

Rupture of the Ordinary

Suffering: Week 1 Rupture of the Ordinary Friday, October 19, 2018 Barbara Holmes paints a moving portrait of how suffering transformed kidnapped peoples from different African tribes and languages into a kind of contemplative community, beginning with their journey across the Atlantic. Captured Africans were spooned together lying on their sides in ships that pitched… Continue Reading Rupture of the Ordinary

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