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Primal and Indigenous Spirituality: Weekly Summary

Primal and Indigenous Spirituality Summary: Sunday, August 5-Friday, August 10, 2018 I want to emphasize contemplative insights and practices that help us heal our sense of separation and isolation, experience connection and community, and awaken a sense of responsibility for all beings. (Sunday) Even in early, primal religion, we can see the idea of this… Continue Reading Primal and Indigenous Spirituality: Weekly Summary

At Home in the World

Primal and Indigenous Spirituality At Home in the World Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Much of indigenous spirituality exists on the edges of society without validation or integration from the government and popular culture (though it is often appropriated for commercial or selfish purposes). Native lands were largely invaded by Christian colonizers. Native peoples were forced… Continue Reading At Home in the World

The Natural World: Week 2 Summary

The Natural World: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, March 11-Friday, March 16, 2018 Creation is of the order of love. God’s love is the fundamental moving force in all created things. —Pope Francis (Sunday) Hildegard lived inside an entire cosmology, a universe where the inner shows itself in the outer, and the outer reflects the inner,… Continue Reading The Natural World: Week 2 Summary

Wonder

The Natural World: Week 2 Wonder Friday, March 16, 2018 Thank you Lord for all you’ve made. Thank you for the trees, flowers, butterflies, animals, and people you have created in your image. Thank you for letting me share in the joy of your beautiful creation. Your light shines bright in my heart and I… Continue Reading Wonder

Kinship with All Life

The Natural World: Week 2 Kinship with All Life Thursday, March 15, 2018 Joanna Macy vividly reconnects our seemingly separate selves with nature, both present and past: The conventional notion of the self with which we have been raised and to which we have been conditioned by mainstream culture is being undermined. What Alan Watts… Continue Reading Kinship with All Life

The Great Turning

The Natural World: Week 2 The Great Turning Wednesday, March 14, 2018 When we look down on the Earth from space, we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet. It looks like a living, breathing organism. But it also at the same time, looks extremely fragile. —Ron Garan, NASA Astronaut [1] I have set before you… Continue Reading The Great Turning

The Substance of God

The Natural World: Week 2 The Substance of God Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Many indigenous spiritualities, Franciscans, and Celts saw creation as good, as a theophany or revelation of God’s very being, just as Genesis taught. How did Christianity come to be so divorced from nature? John Philip Newell (b. 1953), a poet and scholar… Continue Reading The Substance of God

Nature as a Mirror of God

The Natural World: Week 2 Nature as a Mirror of God Monday, March 12, 2018 Long ago, St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), named a Doctor of the Church in 2012, communicated creation spirituality through music, art, poetry, medicine, gardening, and reflections on nature. She wrote in her famous book, Scivias: You understand so little of what… Continue Reading Nature as a Mirror of God

Nature Is Ensouled

The Natural World: Week 2 Nature Is Ensouled Sunday, March 11, 2018 “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made” (Psalm 33:6). This tells us that the world came about as the result of a decision, not from chaos or chance, and this exalts it all the more. The creating word expresses a… Continue Reading Nature Is Ensouled

The Natural World: Week 1 Summary

The Natural World: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, March 4-Friday, March 9, 2018 If I can somehow let my “roots and tendrils” reconnect me with the “givens” of life—not the ideas about life, but the givens, the natural world, what is—I experience extraordinary grounding, reconnection, healing, and even revelation. (Sunday) Soul is the blueprint inside of… Continue Reading The Natural World: Week 1 Summary

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