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Free to Serve Others

Liberation Free to Serve Others Friday, January 22, 2021 German theologian Dorothee Sölle (1929–2003) describes how seeing with God’s eyes, hearing with God’s ears, and acting with God’s passion for justice is a truly liberating experience that benefits the entire community. Sölle writes: In the sense of theology that liberates, the soul that is united… Continue Reading Free to Serve Others

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 Hopeful Story

A New Story A Hopeful Story Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Human beings fall easily into despair, and from the very beginning we invented stories that enabled us to place our lives in a larger setting, that revealed an underlying pattern, and gave us a sense that . . . life had meaning and value. .… Continue Reading A Hopeful Story

Grounding Compassionate Action

Contemplation and Action Summary Grounding Compassionate Action Sunday, December 27, 2020 Our theme for the Daily Meditations in 2020 has been Contemplation and Action. We hope that you, our larger CAC community, have found some sort of regular contemplative practice to be sustaining in these challenging times. We hope contemplation has helped you discern what… Continue Reading Grounding Compassionate Action

Participating in Movements for Justice

Spirituality and Social Movements Participating in Movements for Justice Friday, December 4, 2020 I think there are three basic levels of social ministry, and none is better than the other. I believe all are the movement of the Holy Spirit within us for the sake of others. I like to imagine a river flooding out… Continue Reading Participating in Movements for Justice

The Kingdom Is like a Mustard Seed

Jesus and the Reign of God The Kingdom Is like a Mustard Seed Monday, November 16, 2020 The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed which a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the biggest of shrubs and… Continue Reading The Kingdom Is like a Mustard Seed

Wounded Healers: Weekly Summary

Wounded Healers Saturday, September 19, 2020 Summary: Sunday, September 13—Friday, September 18, 2020 When we can trust that God is in the suffering, our wounds become sacred wounds and the actual and ordinary life journey becomes itself the godly journey. (Sunday) Until there has been a journey through suffering, I don’t believe that we have true… Continue Reading Wounded Healers: Weekly Summary

Transforming our Pain

Wounded Healers Transforming our Pain Friday, September 18, 2020 If I were to name the Christian religion, I would probably call it “The Way of the Wound.” Jesus agrees to be the Wounded One, and we Christians are these strange believers in a wounded healer. We come to God not through our strength but through our… Continue Reading Transforming our Pain

Healing Is a Process

Wounded Healers Healing Is a Process Thursday, September 17, 2020 I have been recently introduced to the work of Lama Rod Owens, a Black, queer, American-born, Tibetan Buddhist teacher, who was raised in the Christian church and graduated from Harvard Divinity School. Perhaps it is because of his many identities that his teachings on love,… Continue Reading Healing Is a Process

A Mutual Vulnerability

Wounded Healers A Mutual Vulnerability Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Earlier this year, my colleague and dear friend Jim Finley gave an unpublished talk to Illuman, an organization that supports men in authentic spiritual development. Jim shared some stories from his own life, including how he began to heal from his own childhood abuse and trauma… Continue Reading A Mutual Vulnerability

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