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A Journey toward Greater Love

Living Inside God’s Great Story A Journey toward Greater Love Sunday, August 29, 2021 At the end of September, the CAC will host the seventh and final CONSPIRE conference. We are calling it Me/Us/The World: Living Inside God’s Great Story. Our own individual stories connect us to the stories of our larger communities and to… Continue Reading A Journey toward Greater Love

Receiving Images

Finding God in the Arts Receiving Images Thursday, August 19, 2021 Artist and author Christine Valters Paintner explores how we might reconsider traditional approaches to photography. Instead of “taking” pictures, she asks us to “receive” images similar to how we might welcome the presence of God in contemplation. Contemplative practice is a receptive practice. We… Continue Reading Receiving Images

We Are Called to “Behold”

Finding God in the Arts We Are Called to “Behold” Monday, August 16, 2021 When we look at art, we are usually quick to judge its value according to our own preferences based on style, color, size, location, and even country of origin! However, there is another invitation—one that goes beyond our likes and dislikes—and… Continue Reading We Are Called to “Behold”

Confirmation Bias

Learning How to See Confirmation Bias Tuesday, March 2, 2021 One of the phrases that has stayed with me from studying Latin in the seminary is “Quidquid recipitur ad modum recipientis recipitur.” This statement is not only kind of fun to say, but it has been critical to my understanding of how we process information.… Continue Reading Confirmation Bias

Free to Serve Others

Liberation Free to Serve Others Friday, January 22, 2021 German theologian Dorothee Sölle (1929–2003) describes how seeing with God’s eyes, hearing with God’s ears, and acting with God’s passion for justice is a truly liberating experience that benefits the entire community. Sölle writes: In the sense of theology that liberates, the soul that is united… Continue Reading Free to Serve Others

Letting Go of Our Very Selves

Self-Emptying Letting Go of Our Very Selves Wednesday, December 16, 2020 The great task of religion is to keep us fully awake, alert, and conscious. Staying awake comes not from willpower but from a wholehearted surrender to the moment—as it is. If we can truly be present, we will experience what most of us mean by God (and… Continue Reading Letting Go of Our Very Selves

Margins Create Liminal Space

Mystics and the Margins Margins Create Liminal Space Sunday, September 27, 2020 When we are content and satisfied on the inside of any group, we seem to suffer from a structural indifference. We do not realize that it is largely a belonging system that we have created for ourselves. It is not until we are excluded… Continue Reading Margins Create Liminal Space

Am I Next?

Contemplation and Racism Am I Next? Sunday, June 7, 2020 During this time of social unrest, I invite you to sit with the powerful and uncomfortable emotions, such as anger or grief, that you may be carrying. Welcome them in the presence of God. As I often say, if we do not transform our pain,… Continue Reading Am I Next?

Our Three Intelligences

Mind, Body, Heart Our Three Intelligences Monday, February 17, 2020 After her theological training and ordination in the Episcopal tradition, my friend Cynthia Bourgeault has spent much of the last two decades teaching the Wisdom tradition in a Christian context. You are about to read something that it took me most of my life to begin to… Continue Reading Our Three Intelligences

Action and Contemplation: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Action and Contemplation: Part Two Summary: Sunday, January 12—Friday, January 17, 2020 In order to become truly prophetic people who go beyond the categories of liberal and conservative, we have to teach and learn ways to integrate needed engagement with a truly contemplative mind and heart. (Sunday) The job of religion is to help people… Continue Reading Action and Contemplation: Part Two: Weekly Summary

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