Tag Archives: contemplative action

Loving Our Neighbor

Self-Emptying Loving Our Neighbor Friday, December 15, 2017 This week I’ve shared a few quotes from theologian Sallie McFague. Today I’d like to offer a longer excerpt from her book, Blessed Are the Consumers: Climate Change and the Practice of Restraint. Sallie invites us into practical methods of self-emptying—kenosis—that we need if humans and so Read More »

Emerging Church: Weekly Summary

Emerging Church Summary: Sunday, November 26-Friday, December 1, 2017 Reformation is the perpetual process of conversion that is needed by all individuals and institutions. (Sunday) I believe the “emerging church” is a movement of the Holy Spirit. Movements are the energy-building stages of things, before they become monuments, museums, or machines. (Monday) The emerging church, Read More »

Returning to Essentials

Emerging Church Returning to Essentials Thursday, November 30, 2017 Hospitality is the practice that keeps the church from becoming a club, a members-only society. —Diana Butler Bass [1] Practical, practice-based Christianity has been avoided, denied, minimized, ignored, delayed, and sidelined for too many centuries, by too many Christians who were never told Christianity was anything Read More »

A Change of Consciousness

Emerging Church A Change of Consciousness Wednesday, November 29, 2017 I have learned to prize holy ignorance more highly than religious certainty and to seek companions who have arrived at the same place. We are a motley crew, distinguished not only by our inability to explain ourselves to those who are more certain of their Read More »

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 »

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