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Foundation of Respect

Interspiritual Mysticism Foundation of Respect Sunday, August 4, 2019 At their most mature levels, religions have a common goal: union with all beings and with God. Unfortunately, many religions and Christian denominations have over-emphasized differences and claimed that their particular brand is superior to others. Jesus didn’t come to start another religion but to reveal… Continue Reading Foundation of Respect

Black Women Mystics: Weekly Summary

Black Women Mystics Summary: Sunday, July 28—Friday, August 2, 2019 God is present in everything. In the universe, in creation, in me and all that happens to me, in my brothers and sisters, in the church, and in the Eucharist—everywhere. —Thea Bowman (Sunday) When the word contemplation comes to my mind I want to think… Continue Reading Black Women Mystics: Weekly Summary

The River Flows

Black Women Mystics The River Flows Friday, August 2, 2019 As we’ve seen through the perspective of black women mystics this week, our experience of God is not for its own sake or an end in itself. Unless we share the love we’ve been given we’ll become spiritually constipated! Modern mystic Dr. Diana L. Hayes… Continue Reading The River Flows

Gift of Heaven

Black Women Mystics Gift of Heaven Wednesday, July 31, 2019 Jarena Lee (1783–1864) was the first authorized woman preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Her spiritual autobiography—the first by an African American woman published in the United States—describes her childhood and her journeys across the United States. Though born to free black parents, she… Continue Reading Gift of Heaven

All in All

Black Women Mystics All in All Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Mysticism is not all ecstatic visions. People who have endured great suffering and let it open them to a new consciousness or perspective are often mystics. They discover that they are always sustained by Love’s presence. James Finley has a beautiful image for this unceasing… Continue Reading All in All

God’s Abiding Presence

Black Women Mystics God’s Abiding Presence Monday, July 29, 2019 Today, I’d like to feature the words of a modern mystic I am honored to know. Dr. Barbara Holmes is a teacher in our own Living School, a former lawyer, professor, and author of several books. She has taught me, our staff, and students so… Continue Reading God’s Abiding Presence

Images

Black Women Mystics Images Sunday, July 28, 2019 It’s so important that all people are able to recognize themselves as God’s image. Icons and images of Mary, the mother of Jesus, with a dark or ebony hue are revered in many cultures around the world. For example, the Black Madonna as a model of maternal… Continue Reading Images

Mystic: Howard Thurman: Weekly Summary

Mystic: Howard Thurman Summary: Sunday, July 21—Friday, July 26, 2019 The goal of life is God! The source of life is God! —Howard Thurman (Sunday) God reveals God’s Presence out of the mystery of Being. —Howard Thurman (Monday) Faith teaches us that God is. —Howard Thurman (Tuesday) It has long been a matter of serious… Continue Reading Mystic: Howard Thurman: Weekly Summary

Being Christian

Mystic: Howard Thurman Being Christian Friday, July 26, 2019 Today I invite you to reflect on your own sense of identity—both as an individual and as part of a collective—as you read Howard Thurman’s thoughts on race and relationships: The burden of being black and the burden of being white is so heavy that it… Continue Reading Being Christian

Why Are You Here?

Mystic: Howard Thurman Why Are You Here? Thursday, July 25, 2019 Today, as you read this second excerpt from Howard Thurman’s book Jesus and the Disinherited, hold an open heart and mind. In other words, read with a contemplative stance. The meditation ends with a question that I’ll hope you’ll sit with—as Thurman and his… Continue Reading Why Are You Here?

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