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Sacred Relationship

Friendship and Grace Sacred Relationship Monday, April 12, 2021 Depth psychologist and author David Benner has been a great source of wisdom and kindness for me over the years. He highlights how modern forms of friendship rarely become the life-giving relationships that our souls desire: The ancients viewed friendship as the crown of life, the… Continue Reading Sacred Relationship

Love Is Life-Giving

An Expanding Love Love Is Life-Giving Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Religion, at its best, helps people to bring this foundational divine love into ever-increasing consciousness. In other words, it’s more about waking up than about cleaning up. Early-stage religion tends to focus on cleaning up, which is to say, determining who meets the requirements for… Continue Reading Love Is Life-Giving

The Reign of God as Community

Jesus and the Reign of God The Reign of God as Community Thursday, November 19, 2020 The world has suffered much from the various forms of Christian colonialism. Yet the Reign of God is an alternative to domination systems and all “isms.” Jesus teaches that right relationship (i.e., love) is the ultimate and daily criterion.… Continue Reading The Reign of God as Community

God, the Lover of Life

The Transforming Power of Love God, the Lover of Life Friday, November 13, 2020 Love is who you are. When you don’t live according to love, you are outside of being. You’re not being real. When you love, you are acting according to your deepest being, your deepest truth. You are operating according to your… Continue Reading God, the Lover of Life

An Invitation to Cosmic Community

St. Francis: A Message for Our Times An Invitation to Cosmic Community Monday, October 5, 2020 Author and editor Robert Ellsberg reflects on Francis’ legacy from a modern perspective: Jesus left no formal religious rule for his followers. The closest he came was his proclamation of the Beatitudes: Blessed are the poor in spirit, the… Continue Reading An Invitation to Cosmic Community

A Healing Process

Restorative Justice A Healing Process Thursday, September 10, 2020 When human beings admit to one another “the exact nature of our wrongs,” as the Twelve Steps recommend, we invariably have a human and humanizing encounter that deeply enriches both sides. It is no longer an exercise to achieve moral purity, or regain God’s love, but in fact… Continue Reading A Healing Process

Justice in Relationship

Restorative Justice Justice in Relationship Wednesday, September 9, 2020 Fania E. Davis is a civil rights attorney, writer, scholar, and the founding director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth. She explains that through engaging in a relational process of repairing harm, restorative justice is: A justice that seeks not to punish, but to heal. A… Continue Reading Justice in Relationship

Making Amends

Restorative Justice Making Amends Tuesday, September 8, 2020 So what are we restoring? For me it’s about returning to the part of us that really wants to be connected to one another in a good way. Returning to the goodness inherent in all of us. —Fania Davis For justice to be truly restorative, we must… Continue Reading Making Amends

Restoring Relationships

Restorative Justice Restoring Relationships Sunday, September 6, 2020 Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced. —James Baldwin (1924–1987) Almost all religions and cultures that I know of have believed in one way or another that sin and evil are to be punished and that retribution… Continue Reading Restoring Relationships

An Infinite Web

Cosmology and Nature An Infinite Web Thursday, June 25, 2020 Author and Episcopal priest Barbara Brown Taylor has been writing about the intersection of faith and science for a long time. In this essay, written over twenty years ago, she was already exploring a new cosmology, one that honored her deep understanding of both God… Continue Reading An Infinite Web

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