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Unity with the Spirit

Oneness Unity with the Spirit Wednesday, May 26, 2021 While we have the language of philosophy, psychology, modern science, and sociology to describe the truth of universal interconnectedness, the mystics first described it based on their own experience. In this meditation, African American mystic and scholar Howard Thurman (1899‒1981) reminds us of how our love… Continue Reading Unity with the Spirit

Our Faith Is in Community

Oneness Our Faith Is in Community Monday, May 24, 2021 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 8:16–17) We’re… Continue Reading Our Faith Is in Community

We Turn Around One Thing

Oneness We Turn Around One Thing Sunday, May 23, 2021 Pentecost Sunday Unity is not the same as uniformity. Unity, in fact, is the reconciliation of differences, and those differences must be maintained. We must actually distinguish things and separate them, usually at a cost to ourselves, before we can spiritually unite them (Ephesians 2:14‒16).… Continue Reading We Turn Around One Thing

Joining the Prophetic Chorus

Prophetic Imagination Joining the Prophetic Chorus Friday, March 26, 2021 While the most well-known Hebrew prophets are presumably male, such as Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel, the Bible also contains little-known women prophets such as Deborah (Judges 4:4–5), Huldah (2 Kings 22) and Anna (mentioned in Luke 2:36). Rabbi Tikva Frymer-Kensky shares one example of this… Continue Reading Joining the Prophetic Chorus

A Liberating Spirit

Liberation A Liberating Spirit Thursday, January 21, 2021 The Holy Spirit is a liberating Spirit. Even when we experience lack of freedom in our daily lives, time in prayer can be an experience of full freedom in God’s presence. I sometimes miss the exuberance of the charismatic movement of which I was a part in… Continue Reading A Liberating Spirit

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

A Migrant Movement for Justice

Spirituality and Social Movements A Migrant Movement for Justice Thursday, December 3, 2020 In the 1960s, while the Civil Rights movement was creating significant change on a national level, the farmworkers in the western United States, under the leadership of César Chávez (1927‒1993), were organizing for better pay and working conditions. The movement was informed… Continue Reading A Migrant Movement for Justice

Spirituality in the Civil Rights Movement

Spirituality and the Social Movements Spirituality in the Civil Rights Movement Wednesday, December 2, 2020 The deeply spiritual foundation of the Civil Rights movement is often underemphasized. The movement that sought political and legal equality for Black Americans was grounded in faith. The devout Christian commitment of virtually all its leaders, from Martin Luther King,… Continue Reading Spirituality in the Civil Rights Movement

A Faith Created by Courageous Movements

Spirituality and Social Movements A Faith Created by Courageous Movements Monday, November 30, 2020 In his book We Make the Road by Walking, my friend and colleague Brian McLaren describes some of the Spirit-led movements that shaped Judaism from the time of Moses, and sustained Christianity. We must remember that such movements are not simply… Continue Reading A Faith Created by Courageous Movements

A Spirit-Led Christianity

Spirituality and Social Movements A Spirit-Led Christianity Sunday, November 29, 2020 First Sunday of Advent The God who became flesh in Jesus is the hidden God of whom the prophets speak to us. Jesus shows himself to be such precisely in the measure that he is present via those who are the absent, anonymous people… Continue Reading A Spirit-Led Christianity

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