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Joy Unspeakable

Art: Week 2 Joy Unspeakable Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Last week I shared reflections from our CONSPIRE 2018 presenter Barbara Holmes on art that ordinarily has not been considered “sacred” by Western culture. Over the next few days I’d like to share more of her insights on music from African American culture and the black… Continue Reading Joy Unspeakable

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

Gender and Sexuality: Week 2 Summary

Gender and Sexuality: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, April 22-Friday, April 27, 2018 Gender seems to be a very deep archetype in the psyche. As long as we read reality in a non-contemplative, dualistic way, any gender identity that doesn’t follow our binary “norm” will invariably be challenging and usually resisted. (Sunday) Even as we acknowledge… Continue Reading Gender and Sexuality: Week 2 Summary

Reuniting Our Separated Selves

Gender and Sexuality: Week 1 Reuniting Our Separated Selves Tuesday, April 17, 2018 The body is a sacrament . . . a visible sign of invisible grace. . . . All our inner life and intimacy of soul longs to find an outer mirror. It longs for a form in which it can be seen,… Continue Reading Reuniting Our Separated Selves

Trusting Our Bodies

Human Bodies: Week 1 Trusting Our Bodies Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Capable Flesh The tender flesh itself           will be found one day —quite surprisingly—           to be capable of receiving, and yes, full           capable of embracing the searing energies of God.… Continue Reading Trusting Our Bodies

Growing into Our Incarnation

Human Bodies: Week 1 Growing into Our Incarnation Monday, April 2, 2018 Make ready for the Christ, Whose smile, like lightning, Sets free the song of everlasting glory That now sleeps, in your paper flesh, like dynamite. —Thomas Merton [1] When God gives of Godself, one of two things happens: either flesh is inspirited or… Continue Reading Growing into Our Incarnation

Creation: Week 1 Summary

Creation: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, February 11-Friday, February 16, 2018 In the Judeo-Christian story of Genesis 1, God—who is “Creator” in verse 1, “Spirit” in verse 2, and “Word” in verse 3 (foretastes of what we would eventually call Trinity)—creates from an overflowing abundance of love, joy, and creativity! (Sunday) Good religion, art, poetry, and… Continue Reading Creation: Week 1 Summary

Reconnecting to Our Original Identity

Creation: Week 1 Reconnecting to Our Original Identity Tuesday, February 13, 2018 For what can be known about God is plain . . . because God has made it plain. . . . Ever since the creation of the world, God’s invisible nature, namely, God’s eternal power and deity, have been there for the mind… Continue Reading Reconnecting to Our Original Identity

The Sacrament of the Present Moment

Living in the Now The Sacrament of the Present Moment Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other” doesn’t make any… Continue Reading The Sacrament of the Present Moment

God as Us: Week 1 Summary

God as Us: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, November 5-Friday, November 10, 2017 The divine DNA is in everyone and everything God has created “from the beginning.” As humans, we are graced with the capacity to realize this, fully enjoy it, and draw mightily from it. (Sunday) When we call something sacred, we normally mean that… Continue Reading God as Us: Week 1 Summary

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