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Tag Archives: Howard Thurman

All Creation Has Soul

Nature, Cosmos, and Connection All Creation Has Soul Sunday, February 14, 2021 Nature itself was the first Bible. Before there was the written Bible, there was the Bible in things that are made. This creation starts with being very good (Genesis 1:31). We come to God through things as they are; spirituality is about sinking… Continue Reading All Creation Has Soul

A Balm in Gilead

African American Spirituality and Song A Balm in Gilead Thursday, February 11, 2021 The Hebrew prophets deeply loved their tradition and profoundly criticized it at the same time. Such truthful love is a very rare art form and a hallmark of prophetic identity. The prophet Jeremiah lived in a time of deep grief and loss.… Continue Reading A Balm in Gilead

True Liberation in God

Liberation True Liberation in God Monday, January 18, 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day There can be no outer freedom without some level of inner liberation. This is a universal truth, but a lesson that each of us must learn for ourselves. If we pursue freedom from a reactionary position, out of our own fear… Continue Reading True Liberation in God

The Symbols of Christmas

Incarnation The Symbols of Christmas Thursday, December 24, 2020 Christmas Eve People often use the word “magical” to describe their Christmas memories from childhood. I hope that was your experience. I have to confess that I am fortunate enough to have some rather “mystical” Christmas memories, too. Two of my earliest God-experiences took place around… Continue Reading The Symbols of Christmas

Giving Birth to Christ: Weekly Summary

Giving Birth to Christ Saturday, December 12, 2020 Summary: Sunday, December 6—Friday, December 11, 2020 If we try to “manage” God, or manufacture our own worthiness by any performance principle whatsoever, we will never bring forth the Christ, but only more of ourselves. (Sunday) We are a part of this movement of an ever-growing Universal… Continue Reading Giving Birth to Christ: Weekly Summary

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

From Innocence to Knowledge

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part One From Innocence to Knowledge Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Many Christians look to the Garden of Eden as the ultimate example of Order. While we can certainly mourn the suffering, it doesn’t do us any good to regret “the Fall.” It had to happen; failure is part of the deal! If… Continue Reading From Innocence to Knowledge

Purity of Heart, Singleness of Focus

Simplicity Purity of Heart, Singleness of Focus Sunday, June 28, 2020 My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work. —John 4:34 I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own… Continue Reading Purity of Heart, Singleness of Focus

Contemplation and Racism: Weekly Summary

Contemplation and Racism Saturday, June 13, 2020 Summary, Sunday, June 7—Friday, June 12, 2020 We are witnessing the results of centuries of unresolved racial violence in our collective body today. (Sunday) We largely do not recognize the structural access we enjoy, the trust we think we deserve, the assumption that we always belong and do… Continue Reading Contemplation and Racism: Weekly Summary

Devotion at the Center

Alternative Community Devotion at the Center Wednesday, June 3, 2020 As Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968) observed, one of the most segregated hours in the United States still occurs on Sunday mornings when we attend church services. [1] Yet as early as the 1940s, African-American writer and mystic Howard Thurman (1899–1981) was seeking to build… Continue Reading Devotion at the Center

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