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For the Good of the World

Public Virtue For the Good of the World Friday, November 6, 2020 God is the ultimate nonviolent one, so we dare not accept any theory of salvation—much less socialization, economics, or politics—that is based on violence, exclusion, social pressure, or moral coercion. When we do, these are legitimated as a proper way of life. God… Continue Reading For the Good of the World

An Unspeakable Name

Interspiritual Mysticism An Unspeakable Name Monday, September 21, 2020 Remember what God said to Moses: “I AM Who I AM” (Exodus 3:14). God is clearly not tied to a name, nor does God seem to want us to tie Divinity to any one name. Which is why, in Judaism, God’s statement to Moses became God’s… Continue Reading An Unspeakable Name

Solidarity Instead of Judgment

Interspiritual Mysticism Solidarity Instead of Judgment Sunday, September 20, 2020 In our one small and interwoven world, the great spiritual messengers of all the sacred traditions are a universal human treasure, to be received and reverenced with the respect due an attained being, an exemplar of a higher level of human consciousness. —Cynthia Bourgeault While… Continue Reading Solidarity Instead of Judgment

The Ability to Hold Paradox

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Three The Ability to Hold Paradox Monday, August 24, 2020 Beyond rational and critical thinking, we need to be called again. This can lead to the discovery of a “second naïveté,” which is a return to the joy of our first naïveté, but now totally new, inclusive, and mature thinking. —Paul… Continue Reading The Ability to Hold Paradox

Social Renewal as Spiritual Practice

Wisdom in Times of Crisis Social Renewal as Spiritual Practice Friday, July 10, 2020 CAC Faculty member Dr. Barbara Holmes points us to the interwoven nature of love— love of God, of self, and of neighbor. We cannot keep the Great Commandment without fully engaging in all three. In her wisdom, she sees this time… Continue Reading Social Renewal as Spiritual Practice

Being One with the Other

Alternative Community Being One with the Other Thursday, June 4, 2020 It would seem that, quite possibly, the ultimate measure of health in any community might well reside in our ability to stand in awe at what folks have to carry rather than in judgment at how they carry it. —Gregory Boyle Homeboy Industries may… Continue Reading Being One with the Other

Jesus’ Social Program

Community Jesus’ Social Program Thursday, May 7, 2020 Jesus’ experience of divine kinship, which Beatrice Bruteau described yesterday, naturally led to the creation of equitable community. His community was very different than the larger society in which he lived—and the individualistic, largely unfettered capitalist society in which we live today. In fact, Jesus’ community looks… Continue Reading Jesus’ Social Program

A Community for All

Community A Community for All Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Jesus’ intimacy with the nature of God as relationship inspired him to redefine the boundaries of family and tribe. Jesus extended kinship to everyone. Author and scholar Beatrice Bruteau (1930–2014) looks to Jesus for a fundamental understanding of what it means to be Christian community: Jesus… Continue Reading A Community for All

The Foundation of Community

Community The Foundation of Community Tuesday, May 5, 2020 A divine foundation of relationship is what all religion, spirituality, and perhaps even politics, is aiming for. The Trinity offers us this precise gift—a grounded connection with God, self, others, and the world. This ancient doctrine dared to affirm that God is relationship itself. The way… Continue Reading The Foundation of Community

A School for Love

Summary: An Evolving Faith A School for Love Friday, January 3, 2020 Today, friend and CAC faculty member Brian McLaren continues describing the three shifts Christianity needs to make in order to be true to the vision and mission of Jesus the Christ. Yesterday Brian explained the importance of becoming (1) “decentralized and diverse.” Today,… Continue Reading A School for Love

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