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The Politics of Prayer

Contemplation and Action Summary The Politics of Prayer Monday, December 28, 2020 I’ve often said that we founded the Center for Action and Contemplation to be a place of integration between action and contemplation. I envisioned a place where we could teach activists in social movements to pray—and encourage people who pray to live lives… Continue Reading The Politics of Prayer

Spiritual Development

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part Two Spiritual Development Sunday, October 25, 2020 Before we continue exploring Thomas Keating’s poems from The Secret Embrace under the helpful guidance of Cynthia Bourgeault, I want to offer a basic overview of the stages of spiritual development that I have used for years with spiritual directees and in… Continue Reading Spiritual Development

Going on the Full Journey

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Two Going on the Full Journey Friday, August 21, 2020 This journey from Order to Disorder must happen for all of us. It is not something just to be admired in Abraham and Sarah, Moses, Job, or Jesus. Our role is to listen and allow, and at least slightly cooperate with… Continue Reading Going on the Full Journey

Dying as Disorder

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Two Dying as Disorder Thursday, August 20, 2020 Dying is not extraneous to life; it is a part of the mystery, and we do not understand life until we stand under death. —Richard Rohr There may be nothing more disordering than being diagnosed with a terminal or chronic illness. It upends… Continue Reading Dying as Disorder

A Perennial Wisdom

Julian of Norwich A Perennial Wisdom Monday, May 11, 2020 Although Julian of Norwich is an anonymous woman who lived over 600 years ago, seekers and scholars return to her “showings” again and again. Author Veronica Mary Rolf describes why Julian’s wisdom is perennial, valuable, and needed whenever there is confusion and suffering, which is… Continue Reading A Perennial Wisdom

A Universal Pattern

Summary: An Evolving Faith A Universal Pattern Monday, December 30, 2019 Christ is before all things, and in Christ all things hold together. —Colossians 1:17 Anything called “Good News” needs to reveal a universal pattern that can be relied upon, and not just clannish patterns that might be occasionally true. This is probably why Christianity’s… Continue Reading A Universal Pattern

Expressions of Divine Love

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part Two Expressions of Divine Love Wednesday, December 18, 2019 Step Eleven: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out. [1] In his book Addiction and Grace, psychiatrist Gerald May (1940–2005)—who was… Continue Reading Expressions of Divine Love

Divine Therapy

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part Two Divine Therapy Sunday, December 15, 2019 Step Six: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. Step Seven: Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings. [1] Thomas Keating (1923–2018), one of the founders of Contemplative Outreach which promotes the practice of Centering Prayer, explained how meditation is… Continue Reading Divine Therapy

Accountability Is Sustainability

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part One Accountability Is Sustainability Friday, December 13, 2019 Step Five: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. [1] So confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, and this will cure you. —James 5:16 Both Christianity and the Twelve Steps… Continue Reading Accountability Is Sustainability

A Radical Surrendering

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part One A Radical Surrendering Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Step Three: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God. [1] We each have our inner program for happiness, our plans by which we can be secure, esteemed, and in control, and… Continue Reading A Radical Surrendering

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