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Love Is Stronger than Death

The Path of Descent Love Is Stronger than Death
 Friday, March 27, 2020  The Path of Descent is very real and usually very painful, but something else is equally true. Love is both who we are and who we are still becoming, like a sunflower seed that becomes its own sunflower. It seems to be a… Continue Reading Love Is Stronger than Death

The Prayer of Quiet

Action and Contemplation: Part Three The Prayer of Quiet Tuesday, January 21, 2020 The Desert Fathers and Mothers withdrew from cities to the desert to live freely, apart from the economic, cultural, and political structure of the Roman Empire. At first, the empire persecuted the church, but in 313 CE, Constantine gave Christianity a privileged status, not out of enlightenment or goodwill but in service of uniformity and… Continue Reading The Prayer of Quiet

Sacred Silence

Action and Contemplation: Part One Sacred Silence Thursday, January 9, 2020 Most of us who live in a capitalist culture, where everything is about competing and comparing, will find contemplation extremely counterintuitive. How do we grasp something as empty, as harmless, as seemingly fruitless as the practice of silence? Only when we know that it… Continue Reading Sacred Silence

The Twelve Steps as Shadow Work

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part One The Twelve Steps as Shadow Work Thursday, December 12, 2019 Step Four: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. [1] Jesus said, “The truth will set you free,” (John 8:32) and I always feel compelled to add, “But first it will make you miserable.” There is no other way… Continue Reading The Twelve Steps as Shadow Work

The Gift of Sufficiency

Economy: Old and New The Gift of Sufficiency Thursday, November 28, 2019 Thanksgiving in the United States As long as we operate inside any scarcity model, there will never be enough God or grace to go around. Jesus came to undo our notions of scarcity and tip us over into a worldview of absolute abundance.… Continue Reading The Gift of Sufficiency

Politics: Old and New: Weekly Summary

Politics: Old and New Summary: Sunday, November 17—November 22, 2019 There is no such thing as being non-political. (Sunday) We are called to be “in Christ,” which means we share—always imperfectly, and always in community with others—the call to be the embodiment of God’s love in the world. —Wes Granberg-Michaelson (Monday) Twice a year we… Continue Reading Politics: Old and New: Weekly Summary

A Transcultural Teaching

Church: Old and New A Transcultural Teaching Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Every disciple of the kingdom is like a householder who draws out from his storage room, things both old and new. —Matthew 13:52 This text inspired this year’s Daily Meditations theme of “Old and New: An Evolving Faith.” Christianity isn’t done growing and changing.… Continue Reading A Transcultural Teaching

Inner and Outer Freedom

Franciscan Way: Part Two Inner and Outer Freedom Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Francis and Clare of Assisi were not so much prophets by what they said as by the radical, system-critiquing way that they lived their lives. They found both their inner and outer freedom by structurally living on the edge of the inside of… Continue Reading Inner and Outer Freedom

The Drinking Gourd

Cosmology: Part One The Drinking Gourd Thursday, August 29, 2019 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of God’s hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into… Continue Reading The Drinking Gourd

Imagination

Prophets: Part Two Imagination Thursday, July 11, 2019 In his classic book, The Prophetic Imagination, theologian Walter Brueggemann gives voice to the role of the prophet in honoring the ministry of imagination. Brueggemann writes: The task of prophetic ministry is to nurture, nourish, and evoke a consciousness and perception alternative to the consciousness and perception… Continue Reading Imagination

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