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Transforming our Pain

Wounded Healers Transforming our Pain Friday, September 18, 2020 If I were to name the Christian religion, I would probably call it “The Way of the Wound.” Jesus agrees to be the Wounded One, and we Christians are these strange believers in a wounded healer. We come to God not through our strength but through our… Continue Reading Transforming our Pain

Healing Is a Process

Wounded Healers Healing Is a Process Thursday, September 17, 2020 I have been recently introduced to the work of Lama Rod Owens, a Black, queer, American-born, Tibetan Buddhist teacher, who was raised in the Christian church and graduated from Harvard Divinity School. Perhaps it is because of his many identities that his teachings on love,… Continue Reading Healing Is a Process

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Three: Weekly Summary

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Three Saturday, August 29, 2020 Summary: Sunday, August 23—Friday, August 28, 2020 To arrive at the Reorder stage, we must endure, learn from, and include the Disorder stage, transcending the first naïve Order—but also still including it! (Sunday) I was always being moved toward greater differentiation and larger viewpoints, and simultaneously… Continue Reading Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Three: Weekly Summary

Lesson Five: You Are Going To Die

Reality Initiating Us: Part One Lesson Five: You Are Going To Die Friday, April 3, 2020 The surprise of surprises is that although everybody who has ever lived in this world has died, for some reason, we think we won’t. —Hindu aphorism Jesus did not once tell us to worship him; he only told us… Continue Reading Lesson Five: You Are Going To Die

Lesson One: Life Is Hard

Reality Initiating Us: Part One Lesson One: Life Is Hard Monday, March 30, 2020 You have to be sick and tired of being sick and tired before recovery can begin. —Twelve Step Wisdom All great spirituality is about what we do with our pain. Creation has a pattern of wisdom; and we dare not shield… Continue Reading Lesson One: Life Is Hard

Praying in Crisis  

The Path of Descent Praying in Crisis Wednesday, March 25, 2020  CAC faculty member Brian McLaren is an author and contemplative activist. He spent over twenty years as the pastor of a church where he lived, worked, and prayed with people in good times and bad. Responding to crises is not theoretical for him, but a deeply felt and… Continue Reading Praying in Crisis  

Type Seven: The Need to Avoid Pain

Enneagram Part Three: Head Center Type Seven: The Need to Avoid Pain Friday, March 13, 2020 Holy Idea: Holy Wisdom, Holy Work, Holy Plan Virtue: Sobriety Passion: Gluttony [1] Sevens have been called the “Peter Pans” of the world, yet many Sevens, including our own Director of the Center for Action and Contemplation, are completely… Continue Reading Type Seven: The Need to Avoid Pain

Stuck in the Body

Mind, Body, Heart Stuck in the Body 
 Thursday, February 20, 2020 In the West, we rely predominately on “head” knowledge, but our hearts offer us plenty of information as well through powerful experience of awe and empathy, joy and heartbreak (even if we choose to dismiss it most of the time). But it seems to me that we have lost or ignored the… Continue Reading Stuck in the Body

Trouble Don’t Last Always

Darkness Trouble Don’t Last Always Thursday, December 5, 2019 Today I share the writing of a modern mystic, Dr. Diana L. Hayes. She is an author and professor emerita of systematic theology at Georgetown University. I appreciate how her writing integrates her intellectual knowledge with her deeply embodied life experience. Hayes’ words are a testament… Continue Reading Trouble Don’t Last Always

The Perennial Tradition: Weekly Summary

The Perennial Tradition Summary: Sunday, August 11—Friday, August 16, 2019 If it is true, it is always from the one Holy Spirit. —Thomas Aquinas (Sunday) We are rediscovering the philosophia perennis, shared universal truth, and at a rather quick pace—God seems urgent at this point in our tragic history. (Monday) In every historical epoch and… Continue Reading The Perennial Tradition: Weekly Summary

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