Tag Archives: Contemplation

Creativity: Weekly Summary

Creativity Summary: Sunday, June 3-Friday, June 8, 2018 The “mind of Christ” is a different way of knowing, and you can recognize it by its gratuity, open-endedness, compassion, and by the way it is so creative and energizing in those who allow it. (Sunday) The contemplative stance is the Third Way. We stand in the… Continue Reading Creativity: Weekly Summary

Evolving the Universe

Creativity Evolving the Universe Friday, June 8, 2018 Contemplation hastens the evolution of the human species. Whoever finds this out and practices it will hasten the evolutionary future of the human family. —Thomas Keating [1] Consider what Franciscan scientist and sister Ilia Delio, a scholar of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, has to say about the… Continue Reading Evolving the Universe

The Law of Three

Creativity The Law of Three Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Today, Cynthia Bourgeault, a faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation, explores the profound metaphysical Law of Three. Understanding and consciously participating in this principle can help us welcome new, surprising resolutions that free us from our usual binary and oppositional way of operating… Continue Reading The Law of Three

The Third Way

Creativity The Third Way Monday, June 4, 2018 The Christian way is to risk the attachments of love—and then keep growing in love. All of life is a lesson in learning to love more deeply and truly. As we start trying to love, we begin to realize that we’re actually not loving very well. We… Continue Reading The Third Way

The Creative Mind of Christ

Creativity The Creative Mind of Christ Sunday, June 3, 2018 God created each of us with particular gifts that we can discover and use in the service of co-creating a more whole and loving world. There are many parts of the Body of Christ; I am only one part, a “mouth.” When I first began… Continue Reading The Creative Mind of Christ

Art: Week 2 Summary

Art: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, May 20-Friday, May 25, 2018 The Psalms—like all great art—lead us to a truer image of ourselves, reality, and God. (Sunday) When we work with our voice, we work with the core elements out of which the world came into being and through which it is sustained: breath, tone, intentionality,… Continue Reading Art: Week 2 Summary

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

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