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Unity in Differentiation

Love: Week 2 Unity in Differentiation Friday, November 9, 2018 Cynthia Bourgeault, one of CAC’s core faculty members, continues expanding on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s understanding of love as a creative force: We can look to our own hearts to tell us more about what Teilhard sees as the essence of the complexification/consciousness process—hence of… Continue Reading Unity in Differentiation

Dying by Brightness

Unknowing: Week 2 Dying by Brightness Sunday, October 7, 2018 I die by brightness and the Holy Spirit. —Thomas Merton (1915-1968) [1] For most of us, growth is a long process of being drawn “by brightness and the Holy Spirit,” as Merton says. I interpret this brightness as being overwhelmed and undone by Immense Mystery… Continue Reading Dying by Brightness

Stages of Life

Hinduism Stages of Life Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Beginning with Jesus’ four kinds of soil and receptivity (Matthew 13:4-9), to John of the Cross’ “dark nights” and Teresa of Ávila’s “interior mansions,” through the modern schemas of Jean Piaget, James Fowler, Lawrence Kohlberg, Eric Erikson, Abraham Maslow, Carol Gilligan, and others, each clarify that there… Continue Reading Stages of Life

Myth of Scarcity

Economy: Week 2 Myth of Scarcity Friday, July 6, 2018 Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money, identifies three core myths that keep us locked in an economy of scarcity: There’s not enough to go around. . . . Somebody’s going to be left out. . . . If there’s not enough for everyone,… Continue Reading Myth of Scarcity

Walking toward Heaven

Justice: Week 2 Walking toward Heaven Thursday, June 21, 2018 Summer Solstice Yesterday I explored the fundamental importance of discovering and living out of our True Self, our imago Dei, the image of God that we are. In the Center for Action and Contemplation’s most recent edition of Oneing, “Anger,” actor, filmmaker, writer, and personal… Continue Reading Walking toward Heaven

Becoming Fully Human

Growing in Love’s Likeness Becoming Fully Human Friday, March 30, 2018 The glory of God is a human being fully alive. —St. Irenaeus of Lyon [1] Barbara Brown Taylor, an author and Episcopal priest, will be joining me at CONSPIRE 2018 (along with Barbara Holmes, Brian McLaren, and Mirabai Starr). [2] Taylor writes eloquently of… Continue Reading Becoming Fully Human

Growing into Belonging

Growing in Love’s Likeness Growing into Belonging Thursday, March 29, 2018 As we grow spiritually, we discover that we are not as separate as we thought we were. Separation from God, self, and others is a deep and tragic illusion. As we grow into deeper connection and union, the things that once brought meaning and… Continue Reading Growing into Belonging

The Further Journey

Growing in Love’s Likeness The Further Journey Wednesday, March 28, 2018 The journey into the second half of our own lives awaits us all. Yet not everyone embarks or continues on the journey, even though most of us get older. The “further journey” seems to be a well-kept secret. Many people do not even know… Continue Reading The Further Journey

Falling into Mercy

Growing in Love’s Likeness Falling into Mercy Tuesday, March 27, 2018 The transition to the second half of life moves you from either/or thinking to both/and thinking: the ability to increasingly live with paradox and mystery. You no longer think in terms of win/lose, but win/win. It is a very different mind and strategy for… Continue Reading Falling into Mercy

Human Development in Scripture

Growing in Love’s Likeness Human Development in Scripture Monday, March 26, 2018 It is helpful for us to know about the whole arc of life and where it is leading. Walter Brueggemann, one of my favorite scripture scholars, brilliantly connects the development of the Hebrew Scriptures with the development of human consciousness. [1] Brueggemann identifies… Continue Reading Human Development in Scripture

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