Tag Archives: prayer

Unknowing: Week 1 Summary

Unknowing: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, September 30-Friday, October 5, 2018 When we speak of God and things transcendent, all we can do is use metaphors, approximations, and pointers. No language is adequate to describe the Holy. (Sunday) The Bible, in its entirety, finds a balance between knowing and not-knowing, between using particular and carefully chosen… Continue Reading Unknowing: Week 1 Summary

Prayer Beyond Words

Unknowing: Week 1 Prayer Beyond Words Friday, October 5, 2018 The two paths of knowing and not-knowing are primarily taught through prayer itself! No wonder all spiritual teachers emphasize prayer so much. In Jesus’ teaching and example, we may first notice the prayer of words in the Our Father and his encouragement to “ask” and… Continue Reading Prayer Beyond Words

Islam: Weekly Summary

Islam Summary: Sunday, September 23-Friday, September 28, 2018 The Muslim . . . “bears witness” in his life and in every single one of his actions that his chief priority is Allah and that no other “gods”—which include political, material, economic, and personal ambitions—can take precedence over his commitment to God alone. —Karen Armstrong (Sunday)… Continue Reading Islam: Weekly Summary

Eastern Christianity: Weekly Summary

Eastern Christianity Summary: Sunday, September 9-Friday, September 14, 2018 The Cappadocian Fathers developed an intellectual rationale for Christianity’s central goal: humanity’s healing and loving union with God. (Sunday) Matter and Spirit must be found to be inseparable in Christ before we have the courage and insight to acknowledge and honor the same in ourselves and… Continue Reading Eastern Christianity: Weekly Summary

Early Christianity: Weekly Summary

Early Christianity Summary: Sunday, September 2-Friday, September 7, 2018 The very things the early Christians emphasized—such as the prayer of quiet, the Trinity, divinization, universal restoration, and the importance of practice—have been neglected, to our own detriment. (Sunday) When the Christian church became the established religion of the empire, it started reading the Gospel from… Continue Reading Early Christianity: Weekly Summary

Practical Prayer

Early Christianity Practical Prayer Friday, September 7, 2018 In the same way as the early church, the desert Christians were deeply committed to Jesus’ teachings and lived practice. Withdrawal to the wilderness—whether into close-knit communities or solitude—was only for the sake of deeper encounter and presence. Diana Butler Bass describes the natural flow from prayer… Continue Reading Practical Prayer

Prayer, Action, and Unlearning Racism

Prayer, Action, and Unlearning Racism A note from the editor, Mark Longhurst: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a celebrated speaker, writer, and activist living in Durham, North Carolina. He is the author, most recently, of Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion. I had the chance to ask him several questions about prayer and action. Here are his… Continue Reading Prayer, Action, and Unlearning Racism

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

Walk in Beauty

Primal and Indigenous Spirituality Walk in Beauty Friday, August 10, 2018 In 1969 when I was a young deacon in Acoma Pueblo, one of my jobs was to take the census. Because it was summer and hot, I would start early in the morning, driving my little orange truck to each residence. Invariably at sunrise,… Continue Reading Walk in Beauty

Politics: Week 1 Summary

Politics: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, July 8-Friday, July 13, 2018 The Hebrew prophets and Jesus clearly modeled engagement with both faith and the public forum. To be a faith leader is to connect the inner and outer worlds. (Sunday) There is no such thing as being non-political. Everything we say or do either affirms or… Continue Reading Politics: Week 1 Summary

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