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Who We Are Is Who We Will Be

Hell, No! Who We Are Is Who We Will Be Friday, September 17, 2021 My colleague Brian McLaren has long explored what it might mean to be a “new kind of Christian.” Brian once wrote a fictionalized story about a pastor asking questions at the edges of his faith. Dan, the book’s main character, strikes… Continue Reading Who We Are Is Who We Will Be

Jesus and the Universal Christ

Unveiling the Universal Christ Jesus and the Universal Christ Thursday, August 26, 2021 Today Barbara Holmes shares the benefits of believing in a God who is both personal (Jesus) and universal (Christ). [As an African American woman,] I grew up with a preference for the flesh and blood divinity of Jesus because of the suffering,… Continue Reading Jesus and the Universal Christ

Expanding Our Capacity to Love

Unveiling the Universal Christ Expanding Our Capacity to Love Wednesday, August 25, 2021 To be loved by Jesus enlarges our heart capacity. To be loved by the Christ enlarges our mental capacity. We need both a Jesus and a Christ, in my opinion, to get the full picture. A truly transformative God—for both the individual… Continue Reading Expanding Our Capacity to Love

The Shadow in Christianity

Shadow Work The Shadow in Christianity Wednesday, June 16, 2021 We can patiently accept not being good. What we cannot bear is not being considered good, not appearing good.—St. Francis of Assisi If you are willing to bear serenely the trial of being displeasing to yourself, you will be for Jesus a pleasant place of… Continue Reading The Shadow in Christianity

Embracing Shadow and Light

Shadow Work Embracing Shadow and Light Monday, June 14, 2021 We all identify with our persona/mask so strongly when we are young that we become masters of denial and learn to eliminate or hide anything that doesn’t support it. Neither our persona nor our shadow is evil in itself; they just allow us to do… Continue Reading Embracing Shadow and Light

Fruit of Our Labor

Giving Birth to Christ Fruit of Our Labor Thursday, December 10, 2020 When we are engaged in some form of contemplative practice, we are more able to bring Christ into the world. By emptying ourselves, we are more able to embody God’s presence for others. Professor and Episcopal priest Vincent Pizzuto writes about how contemplation… Continue Reading Fruit of Our Labor

The Light Within

Mystics and the Margins The Light Within Friday, October 2, 2020 First gathering in 17th-century England as the Religious Society of Friends, the Quakers have always existed on the margins of Christianity, but that doesn’t mean their impact has been small. In many ways, they were ahead of their time (and even our times) when… Continue Reading The Light Within

The Glory of God in Us

True Self/Separate Self The Glory of God in Us Monday, August 31, 2020 Today we begin with Thomas Merton’s classic description of the True Self as written following his “conversion” at Fourth and Walnut in Louisville. [1] It is so inspired; I want to quote it at length: At the center of our being is… Continue Reading The Glory of God in Us

Celebrating an Eternal Advent

Incarnation Celebrating an Eternal Advent Tuesday, December 24, 2019 In the first 1200 years of Christianity, the greatest feast was Easter with the high holy days of Holy Week leading up to the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. But in the 13th century, a new person entered the scene: Francis of Assisi felt we… Continue Reading Celebrating an Eternal Advent

Waiting in Darkness

Darkness Waiting in Darkness Friday, December 6, 2019 The darkness of this world will never totally go away. I’ve lived long enough and offered spiritual direction enough to know that darkness isn’t going to disappear, but that, as John’s Gospel says, “the light shines on inside of the darkness, and the darkness will not overcome… Continue Reading Waiting in Darkness

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