Tag Archives: contemplative action

Contemplation in Action: Week 2 Summary

Contemplation in Action: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, July 2-Friday, July 7, 2017 “We are concerned not just with going to heaven when we die, but with bringing God’s kingdom down here. That means figuring out how we can be a part of the restoration of our world.” —Shane Claiborne (Sunday) Action and contemplation live through Read More »

The Great Turning

Contemplation in Action: Week 2 The Great Turning Friday, July 7, 2017 Contemplation is no fantasy, make-believe, or daydream, but the flowering of patience and steady perseverance. When we look at the world today, we may well ask whether it can be transformed on the global or even personal level. Our hope lies in the Read More »

From Being Driven to Being Drawn

Contemplation in Action: Week 2 From Being Driven to Being Drawn Thursday, July 6, 2017 When I was a young man, I liked ideas and books quite a lot, and I still read a great deal. But each time I come back from a long hermitage retreat, I have no desire to read a book Read More »

Electric Circuits

Contemplation in Action: Week 2 Electric Circuits Wednesday, July 5, 2017 Moses’ experience of the burning bush (Exodus 3:1-6) links action and contemplation as the very starting place of the Judeo-Christian tradition. His encounter is surely an inner one, but it immediately drives him outwardly, as deep inner experience tends to do. It is a Read More »

A Hidden Wholeness

Contemplation in Action: Week 2 A Hidden Wholeness Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Charles Péguy (1873–1914), French poet and essayist, wrote with great insight that “everything begins in mysticism and ends in politics.” [1] Everything new and creative in this world puts together things that don’t look like they go together at all but always have Read More »

The Balancing Point

Contemplation in Action: Week 2 The Balancing Point Monday, July 3, 2017 Give me a lever and a place to stand and I will move the world. —Archimedes Archimedes (c. 287–c. 212 BC), a Greek philosopher and mathematician, noticed that if a lever were balanced in the correct place, on the correct fulcrum, it could Read More »

Thy Kingdom Come

Contemplation in Action: Week 2 Thy Kingdom Come Sunday, July 2, 2017 Shane Claiborne is a young friend of mine and a living example of the integration of action and contemplation. Shane is a founding partner of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner-city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities Read More »

Contemplation in Action: Week 1 Summary

Contemplation in Action: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, June 25-Friday, June 30, 2017 I believe that learning to do compassionate acts from a contemplative foundation is the greatest art form. (Sunday) The job of religion is to help people act effectively and compassionately from an inner centeredness and connection with God. (Monday) If your spiritual practice Read More »

The Third Eye

Contemplation in Action: Week 1 The Third Eye Thursday, June 29, 2017 In the early medieval period, two Christian philosophers offered names for three different ways of seeing, and these names had a great influence on scholars and seekers in the Western tradition. Hugh of St. Victor (1078-1141) and Richard of St. Victor (1123-1173) wrote Read More »

The Left Hand of God

Contemplation in Action: Week 1 The Left Hand of God Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Part of integrating the inner and the outer is looking at both sides of life clearly and honestly. We must be able to face the joy and wonder of life as well as its pain, injustice, and absurdity. I call the Read More »

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