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A New Framing Story

A New Story A New Framing Story Monday, January 11, 2021 Thomas Kuhn’s book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions popularized the term “paradigm shift.” [1] A paradigm is a set of beliefs, images, concepts, and structures that govern the way we think about something. Kuhn (1922–1996) said that paradigm change becomes necessary when the previous paradigm… Continue Reading A New Framing Story

Wisdom in Times of Crisis: Weekly Summary

Wisdom in Times of Crisis Saturday, July 11, 2020 Summary: Sunday, July 5—Friday, July 10, 2020 The word change normally refers to new beginnings. But the mystery of transformation more often happens not when something new begins, but when something old falls apart. (Sunday) We’re here for one thing, ultimately: to learn how to love, because God… Continue Reading Wisdom in Times of Crisis: Weekly Summary

Social Renewal as Spiritual Practice

Wisdom in Times of Crisis Social Renewal as Spiritual Practice Friday, July 10, 2020 CAC Faculty member Dr. Barbara Holmes points us to the interwoven nature of love— love of God, of self, and of neighbor. We cannot keep the Great Commandment without fully engaging in all three. In her wisdom, she sees this time… Continue Reading Social Renewal as Spiritual Practice

Our Spiritual Health

Wisdom in Times of Crisis Our Spiritual Health Thursday, July 9, 2020 Brian McLaren, a member of the CAC Living School faculty, reminds us why it matters that we pay attention to our health, not only physically but spiritually and ethically as well. In these challenging, difficult times, we are discovering a wisdom that we… Continue Reading Our Spiritual Health

Dying Before We Die

Wisdom in Times of Crisis Dying Before We Die Wednesday, July 8, 2020 CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault addresses a fear that motivates all of us on some level—the fear of death. It is a matter of true wisdom to know how to face death wisely and courageously, which is why every religion and culture… Continue Reading Dying Before We Die

The Wisdom of Job

Wisdom in Times of Crisis The Wisdom of Job Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Theology does not by itself provide wisdom in crisis. All theology must become a living spirituality to really change us or the world. It’s disappointing that we Christians have emphasized theology, catechism, and religious education much more than prayer and practice. The… Continue Reading The Wisdom of Job

Sustained in God’s Love

Wisdom in Times of Crisis Sustained in God’s Love Monday, July 6, 2020 In the light of eternity, we’re here for a very short time, really. We’re here for one thing, ultimately: to learn how to love, because God is love. Love is our origin, love is our ground, and love is our destiny. —James… Continue Reading Sustained in God’s Love

Change Is Inevitable

Wisdom in Times of Crisis Change Is Inevitable Sunday, July 5, 2020 The word change normally refers to new beginnings. But the mystery of transformation more often happens not when something new begins, but when something old falls apart. The pain of something old falling apart—chaos—invites the soul to listen at a deeper level, and sometimes forces… Continue Reading Change Is Inevitable

Crisis Contemplation

Contemplation and Racism Crisis Contemplation Thursday, June 11, 2020 Apart from a few monastic orders, Western Christianity neglected the systematic instruction of contemplative practice for hundreds of years. Yet many people naturally grow into nondual consciousness through great suffering or great love. Barbara Holmes suggests that “crisis contemplation” arose out of necessity during slavery, beginning… Continue Reading Crisis Contemplation

The Path of Descent: Weekly Summary

The Path of Descent Saturday, March 28, 2020
 Summary: Sunday, March 22-Friday, March 27, 2020  I am not alone in my tiredness or sickness or fears, but at one with millions of others from many centuries, and it is all part of life. —Etty Hillesum (Sunday) We abandon the self-improvement project and instead surrender to the Holy Fire. –Mirabai Starr… Continue Reading The Path of Descent: Weekly Summary

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