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Community: Weekly Summary

Community Saturday, May 9, 2020 Summary: Sunday, May 3 — Friday, May 9, 2020 How can the Center for Action and Contemplation continue to be of service, building on what God has already done with us? How can we offer something of further value that has authority and believability on its own? (Sunday) We learn… Continue Reading Community: Weekly Summary

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

Jesus’ Social Program

Community Jesus’ Social Program Thursday, May 7, 2020 Jesus’ experience of divine kinship, which Beatrice Bruteau described yesterday, naturally led to the creation of equitable community. His community was very different than the larger society in which he lived—and the individualistic, largely unfettered capitalist society in which we live today. In fact, Jesus’ community looks… Continue Reading Jesus’ Social Program

A Community for All

Community A Community for All Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Jesus’ intimacy with the nature of God as relationship inspired him to redefine the boundaries of family and tribe. Jesus extended kinship to everyone. Author and scholar Beatrice Bruteau (1930–2014) looks to Jesus for a fundamental understanding of what it means to be Christian community: Jesus… Continue Reading A Community for All

The Foundation of Community

Community The Foundation of Community Tuesday, May 5, 2020 A divine foundation of relationship is what all religion, spirituality, and perhaps even politics, is aiming for. The Trinity offers us this precise gift—a grounded connection with God, self, others, and the world. This ancient doctrine dared to affirm that God is relationship itself. The way… Continue Reading The Foundation of Community

Action and Community

Community Action and Community Monday, May 4, 2020 I truly believe that the Gospel calls the whole world to gather into small communities of basic shared values. But community is an art form, and there are obviously many possible ways of coming together, even as much of the world shelters in place. Who would have… Continue Reading Action and Community

A Community in Transition

Community A Community in Transition Sunday, May 3, 2020 Over the past few years, the Center for Action and Contemplation has been in a time of significant transition. For thirty-two years, CAC staff and volunteers have fostered the development of a global community while wonderfully supporting, amplifying, and communicating my preaching and teaching around the… Continue Reading A Community in Transition

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

Alternative Orthodoxy: Weekly Summary

Alternative Orthodoxy Sunday, February 2–Friday, February 7, 2020 Franciscan alternative orthodoxy has never bothered fighting popes, bishops, Scriptures, or dogmas. It just quietly but firmly pays attention to different things—like simplicity, humility, non-violence, contemplation, solitude and silence, earth care, nature and other creatures, and the “least of the brothers and sisters.” (Sunday) As part of our emphasis on orthopraxy over… Continue Reading Alternative Orthodoxy: Weekly Summary

Action and Contemplation: Part One: Weekly Summary

Action and Contemplation: Part One Summary: Sunday, January 5—Friday, January 11, 2020 We need both compassionate action and contemplative practice for the spiritual journey. (Sunday) In contemplative practice, the Holy Spirit frees us from taking sides and allows us to remain content in the partial darkness of every situation long enough to let it teach, broaden, and enrich us.… Continue Reading Action and Contemplation: Part One: Weekly Summary

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