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“Our Story”

The Cosmic Egg “Our Story” Tuesday, January 26, 2021 The larger realm of meaning beyond My Story is Our Story. To continue the model of the three domes, this is the dome of our group, community, church, nationality, gender, and ethnicity. We seem to need this for our own identity and security as social beings. It… Continue Reading “Our Story”

“My Story”

The Cosmic Egg “My Story” Monday, January 25, 2021 The modern and postmodern world is the first period of history where a large number of people have been allowed to take their private lives and identities seriously. This marks a wonderful movement into individuation, but there is also a diminishment and fragility if that is… Continue Reading “My Story”

The Three Domes

The Cosmic Egg The Three Domes Sunday, January 24, 2021 Just as the body needs food, so the soul needs meaning, and the spirit needs ultimate meaning. Often that meaning is communicated through story. The function of all mythologies, religion, and even family lore is to help us situate ourselves inside of a safe and… Continue Reading The Three Domes

A New Story to Replace the Old

A New Story A New Story to Replace the Old Thursday, January 14, 2021 In this time of unveiling, new stories need to be told about everything from ecology and faith to money and power, and they need to be told from many different perspectives. Only as we contemplate and engage new paradigms and visions… Continue Reading A New Story to Replace the Old

Love Is the Protagonist

A New Story Love Is the Protagonist Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Like me, Brian McLaren has spent many decades “on the edge of the inside” of the institutional Church. Although he often critiques the stories told by Christian denominations, he has never tired of the Jesus story or failed to believe in its power to… Continue Reading Love Is the Protagonist

A New Framing Story

A New Story A New Framing Story Monday, January 11, 2021 Thomas Kuhn’s book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions popularized the term “paradigm shift.” [1] A paradigm is a set of beliefs, images, concepts, and structures that govern the way we think about something. Kuhn (1922–1996) said that paradigm change becomes necessary when the previous paradigm… Continue Reading A New Framing Story

Stories Are Essential

A New Story Stories Are Essential Sunday, January 10, 2021 It doesn’t matter how old we are; we all need stories to believe in. If there’s no storyline, no integrating images that define who we are or that give our lives meaning or direction, we just won’t be happy. It was probably Carl Jung (1875‒1961)… Continue Reading Stories Are Essential

The True Patterns of the Universe

A Time of Unveiling The True Patterns of the Universe Thursday, January 7, 2021 Truth is One. If something is spiritually true, then all disciplines and religions will somehow be looking at this “one truth” from different angles, goals, assumptions, and vocabulary. If it is the truth, it is true all the time and everywhere, and… Continue Reading The True Patterns of the Universe

A Foundational Sense of Awe

A Time of Unveiling A Foundational Sense of Awe Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Feast of Epiphany Abandon hidden things, / Take up what is revealed! —Ephrem the Syrian, Hymn 81 Healthy religion gives us a foundational sense of awe. It re-enchants an otherwise empty universe. It gives people a universal reverence toward all things. Only… Continue Reading A Foundational Sense of Awe

Pulling Back the Veil

A Time of Unveiling Pulling Back the Veil Sunday, January 3, 2021 The future, however, is finer than any past. —Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Making of a Mind If you are anything like me, there is some part of you that was relieved to turn the calendar over to 2021. The new year puts… Continue Reading Pulling Back the Veil

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