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Telling a New Story

A New Story Telling a New Story Friday, January 15, 2021 In their book Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy, Buddhist teacher Joanna Macy and her co-author Chris Johnstone talk about the “Three Stories of Our Time.” In the first of these [stories], Business as Usual, the defining assumption… Continue Reading Telling a New Story

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

The True Patterns of the Universe

A Time of Unveiling The True Patterns of the Universe Thursday, January 7, 2021 Truth is One. If something is spiritually true, then all disciplines and religions will somehow be looking at this “one truth” from different angles, goals, assumptions, and vocabulary. If it is the truth, it is true all the time and everywhere, and… Continue Reading The True Patterns of the Universe

God, the Lover of Life

The Transforming Power of Love God, the Lover of Life Friday, November 13, 2020 Love is who you are. When you don’t live according to love, you are outside of being. You’re not being real. When you love, you are acting according to your deepest being, your deepest truth. You are operating according to your… Continue Reading God, the Lover of Life

The Soft Prophecy of Francis

St. Francis: A Message of Our Times The Soft Prophecy of Francis Friday, October 9, 2020 At its core, Franciscan prophecy is “soft prophecy”—which is often the hardest of all! It is a way of life that is counter to the ways of the world. I personally have found that few of us can offer… Continue Reading The Soft Prophecy of Francis

God’s Simple Pleasure

Simplicity God’s Simple Pleasure Thursday, July 2, 2020 The land is God’s. . . . Caring for the land, every day, is my way to be close to God. [God’s] land must be honored. —Eli, an Amish farmer Poet, author, and farmer Wendell Berry is a shining example of humility and simple living. He’s made… Continue Reading God’s Simple Pleasure

Cultivation Not Domination

Franciscan Ecological Wisdom Cultivation Not Domination Tuesday, May 19, 2020 St. Bonaventure (1221–1274) taught that “Christ, as a human being, shares with all creatures; indeed he possesses being with rocks, lives among the plants, senses with animals, and understands with angels.” [1] In saying this, Bonaventure wanted to give theological weight to the deep experience… Continue Reading Cultivation Not Domination

An Uncreated Spark

The Perennial Tradition An Uncreated Spark Thursday, August 15, 2019 Eknath Easwaran (1910–1999) was an Indian born spiritual teacher and author, as well as a translator and interpreter of early Hindu texts such as the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. I was personally introduced to him during a visit from Henri Nouwen in the late… Continue Reading An Uncreated Spark

Christ Since the Beginning: Weekly Summary

Christ Since the Beginning Summary: Sunday, February 17-Friday, February 22, 2019 God’s first “idea” was to pour out divine infinite love into finite, visible forms. The Big Bang is our scientific name for that first idea, and “Christ” is our theological name. (Sunday) Long before Jesus’ personal Incarnation, Christ was deeply embedded in all things—as… Continue Reading Christ Since the Beginning: Weekly Summary

The First Bible

Christ Since the Beginning The First Bible Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Sacred writings are bound in two volumes—that of creation and that of Holy Scripture. —Thomas Aquinas (1224–1274) [1] Ever since God created the world, God’s everlasting power and deity—however invisible—have been there for the mind to see in the things God has made. —Romans… Continue Reading The First Bible

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