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Oneness

Perennial Tradition Oneness Wednesday, August 1, 2018 On that day, you will know that you are in me and I am in you. —John 14:20 “That day” that John refers to has been a long time in coming; even so, it has been the enduring message of every great religion in history. It is the… Continue Reading Oneness

The One and the Many

Perennial Tradition The One and the Many Sunday, July 29, 2018 The beauty of the world is Christ’s tender smile for us coming through matter. —Simone Weil [1] Much of our life we are trying to connect the dots, to pierce the heart of reality to see what is good, true, and beautiful for us.… Continue Reading The One and the Many

Poetry

Art: Week 2 Poetry Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Before 500 BCE, religion and poetry were largely the same thing. People did not presume to be able to define the Mystery. They looked for words that could describe the Mystery. Poetry doesn’t claim to be a perfect description as dogma foolishly does. It’s a “hint half guessed,” to use T.… Continue Reading Poetry

Feminine and Masculine Principles

Gender and Sexuality: Week 2 Feminine and Masculine Principles Sunday, April 22, 2018 God is beyond gender, of course. Yet Genesis says that both male and female are included in “the image of God” (1:27). Throughout the Bible, both feminine and masculine images are used to illustrate the divine, although we must admit that the… Continue Reading Feminine and Masculine Principles

The Great Nest of Being

Creation: Week 1 The Great Nest of Being Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (Ash Wednesday) The “Catholic synthesis” of the early Middle Ages had its limitations, but at its best it held together one coherent world. It was a positive intellectual vision that was not defined by opposition or enemies, but by the clarity and beauty… Continue Reading The Great Nest of Being

Who Will Preserve the Essentials?

Sermon on the Mount: Week 2 Who Will Preserve the Essentials? Friday, February 9, 2018 Jesus says that the people who live these happinesses, these Beatitudes, will be “the salt of the earth” (see Matthew 5:13). For ancient people, salt was an important preservative, seasoning, and symbol of healing. What does Jesus mean by such… Continue Reading Who Will Preserve the Essentials?

The Living Word of God

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 The Living Word of God Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Fundamentalism is a growing phenomenon, not only in Islam and other religions, but within Christianity as well. Fundamentalism refuses to listen to the deep levels of mythic, metaphorical, and mystical meaning. It is obsessed with literalism and exclusion. The egoic need… Continue Reading The Living Word of God

Mirroring the Divine

Contemplative Consciousness Mirroring the Divine Thursday, January 11, 2018 In Christianity the inner self is simply a stepping stone to an awareness of God. Man [sic] is the image of God, and his inner self is a kind of mirror in which God not only sees Himself, but reveals Himself to the “mirror” in which… Continue Reading Mirroring the Divine

Our Common Source

Interfaith Friendship Our Common Source Thursday, December 7, 2017 [We need] a Christian identity that is both strong and kind. By strong I mean vigorous, vital, durable, motivating, faithful, attractive, and defining. . . . By kind I mean something far more robust than mere tolerance, political correctness, or coexistence: I mean benevolent, hospitable, accepting,… Continue Reading Our Common Source

Identity and Desire

God as Us: Week 1 Identity and Desire Thursday, November 9, 2017 Another beautiful metaphor in the Bible used for God is that of a lover. The allure of a beloved pulls us out of self, into ekstasis (Greek for ecstasy). Unfortunately, the Church’s shaming of body and sex has shut down many people’s longing… Continue Reading Identity and Desire

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