Tag Archives: Presence

Help from a Higher Power

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part One Help from a Higher Power Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Step Two: Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. [1] Yes, we are carrying our own death warrant with us, but it is teaching us not to rely on ourselves, but on a God whose… Continue Reading Help from a Higher Power

The Embodiment of God’s Love

Politics: Old and New The Embodiment of God’s Love Monday, November 18, 2019 Wes Granberg-Michaelson, author and former head of the Reformed Church in America, has invested much time and energy in ecumenical initiatives, as well as studying the relationship between faith and politics. We share a long-standing relationship with Jim Wallis and the Sojourners… Continue Reading The Embodiment of God’s Love

Franciscan Way: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Franciscan Way: Part Two Summary: Sunday, October 6—Friday, October 11, 2019 This is the miracle of love: to discover that all creation is one, flung out into space by a God who is a Father, and that if you present yourself as [God] does, unarmed and peaceably, creation will recognize and meet you with a… Continue Reading Franciscan Way: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Oneness: Weekly Summary

Oneness Summary: Sunday, September 22—Friday, September 27, 2019 When we carry our small suffering in solidarity with humanity’s one universal longing for deep union, it helps keep us from self-pity or self-preoccupation. We know that we are all in this together. (Sunday) God is the force that is binding, moving, sustaining, and transforming all of… Continue Reading Oneness: Weekly Summary

Interspiritual Mystics: Weekly Summary

Interspiritual Mystics Summary: Sunday, August 4—Friday, August 9, 2019 At their most mature levels, religions have a common goal: union with all beings and with God. —Beatrice Bruteau (Sunday) By allowing inward change, while at the same time simplifying our external life, spirituality serves as our greatest single resource for changing our centuries-old trajectory of… Continue Reading Interspiritual Mystics: Weekly Summary

Living Mysticism

Interspiritual Mystics Living Mysticism Wednesday, August 7, 2019 Mysticism is a special consciousness of the presence of God that by definition exceeds description and results in a transformation of the subject who receives it. —Bernard McGinn [1] It’s not enough to have wonderful theories about God. Authentic mystical encounter radically changes us and our way… Continue Reading Living Mysticism

Faith Teaches

Mystic: Howard Thurman Faith Teaches Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Like many mystics, Howard Thurman saw that humans need to relate to a God that is both beyond rational thought—what I might call a force field of love—and very relatable and personal. This is why Christians have both Jesus and Christ: In Jesus, God was given… Continue Reading Faith Teaches

Opening the Doors of My Being

Mystic: Howard Thurman Opening the Doors of My Being Monday, July 22, 2019 This week we’re reflecting on the writings of Howard Thurman. (See Sunday’s meditation for my introduction.) Today Thurman explores how prayer is not a transaction, nor is it about changing God. It’s about opening our hearts, minds, and bodies to be receptive… Continue Reading Opening the Doors of My Being

God Interrupting

Conscious Parenting God Interrupting Thursday, June 27, 2019 Brie Stoner shares her experience in the Living School as a mother of young children: I was sitting in the women’s bathroom between sessions and had exactly thirteen minutes before the next talk to pump and dump my breast milk. [1] Every woman walking by me would… Continue Reading God Interrupting

Many Paths to Contemplation

Conscious Parenting Many Paths to Contemplation Tuesday, June 25, 2019 After recently visiting Mexico and some of the refugee centers along the Texas border and seeing so many children and babies with their parents, I was reminded that contemplative Christianity’s rather monastic, solitary, silent approach just can’t be adequate to describe contemplation for most people.… Continue Reading Many Paths to Contemplation

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