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Love Is Our Nature

Peacemakers Love Is Our Nature Sunday, September 15, 2019 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. —Matthew 5:9 Before you speak of peace, you must first have it in your heart. —St. Francis of Assisi [1] Much of Christianity seems to have forgotten Jesus’ teachings on nonviolence. We’ve relegated visions… Continue Reading Love Is Our Nature

Nodding to the Shadow

Shadow Work Nodding to the Shadow Wednesday, September 11, 2019 I want to emphasize that the shadow is not inherently evil or wrong; it varies from culture to culture. In the United States today, white dominant culture prizes competition, urgency, individualism, niceness (or avoidance of conflict), and logic. Other values and ways of being, such… Continue Reading Nodding to the Shadow

Finding Our Life

Heaven Now Finding Our Life Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Anyone who wants to save his life must lose it. Anyone who loses her life will find it. —Matthew 16:25 This passage from Matthew is a very strong, almost brutal statement from Jesus. It has perhaps been discussed, dismissed, misunderstood, and conveniently forgotten more than almost… Continue Reading Finding Our Life

Dying to Ego’s Delusions

Dying Before You Die Dying to Ego’s Delusions Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Dying to the false self before our physical death allows us to be reborn as our more authentic and soulful selves. Today James Finley, one of CAC’s core faculty members, reflects on how hard it is for our ego to surrender to the… Continue Reading Dying to Ego’s Delusions

From Naïveté to Wisdom

Growing in Christ: Week 2 From Naïveté to Wisdom Sunday, March 24, 2019 To grow toward love, union, salvation, or enlightenment (I use the words almost interchangeably), we must be moved from Order to Disorder and finally to Reorder. ORDER: At this stage—our “first naïveté,” if we are granted it (and not all are)—we feel… Continue Reading From Naïveté to Wisdom

The Performance Principle

Growing in Christ: Week 1 The Performance Principle Friday, March 22, 2019 Religion in the second half of life is finally not a moral matter; it’s a mystical matter. While most of us begin focused on moral proficiency and perfection, we can’t spend our whole lives this way. Paul calls the first-half-of-life approach “the Law”;… Continue Reading The Performance Principle

Relinquishing Ego

Growing in Christ: Week 1 Relinquishing Ego Thursday, March 21, 2019 God’s seed is in us. If it were tended by a good, wise and industrious laborer, it would then flourish all the better, and would grow up to God, whose seed it is, and its fruits would be like God’s own nature. The seed… Continue Reading Relinquishing Ego

Individuation

Growing in Christ: Week 1 Individuation Wednesday, March 20, 2019 I first learned about the two halves of life from Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875–1961). Today we’ll hear from a Jungian analyst, James Hollis, who is saying the same thing I am trying to say, but better. Hollis writes: The second half of life presents… Continue Reading Individuation

The Container and the Contents

Growing in Christ: Week 1 The Container and the Contents Monday, March 18, 2019 Theologically and objectively speaking, we are created in union with God from the beginning (e.g., Ephesians 1:3-9). But it is hard for us to believe or experience this without a healthy ego and boundaries. Thus, the first part of the spiritual… Continue Reading The Container and the Contents

Upgrading Our Operating System

Jesus: Wisdom Teacher Upgrading Our Operating System Thursday, January 17, 2019 Guest writer and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault continues exploring Jesus as a wisdom teacher. I would like to reflect on this idea of Jesus as a master of consciousness from a slightly different angle with the help of a contemporary computer metaphor: We… Continue Reading Upgrading Our Operating System

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