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Participation Is the Only Way

Life as Participation Participation Is the Only Way Friday, September 10, 2021 Some of the most exciting and fruitful thought in recent theology can be described as the “turn toward participation.” [1] Religion as participation is a rediscovery of the Perennial Tradition that so many saints and mystics have spoken of in their own ways. It… Continue Reading Participation Is the Only Way

Participatory Morality

Life as Participation Participatory Morality Thursday, September 9, 2021 Jesus’ message of “full and final participation” was periodically enjoyed and taught by many unknown saints and mystics. It must be admitted, though, that the vast majority of Christians made Christianity into a set of morals and rituals instead of an all-embracing mysticism of the present moment.… Continue Reading Participatory Morality

Mirroring the Mind of Christ

Unveiling the Universal Christ Mirroring the Mind of Christ Tuesday, August 24, 2021 For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, everything visible and everything invisible . . . —Colossians 1:16 The true and essential work of all religion is to help us recognize the divine image in everyone and every… Continue Reading Mirroring the Mind of Christ

“The Story”

The Cosmic Egg “The Story” Wednesday, January 27, 2021 The largest and final dome is the realm of universal meaning. This sacred canopy is The Story that is always true, the patterns that every culture and religion discover in some manner. This level assures and insures the other two. It holds them together in sacred… Continue Reading “The Story”

A Foundational Sense of Awe

A Time of Unveiling A Foundational Sense of Awe Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Feast of Epiphany Abandon hidden things, / Take up what is revealed! —Ephrem the Syrian, Hymn 81 Healthy religion gives us a foundational sense of awe. It re-enchants an otherwise empty universe. It gives people a universal reverence toward all things. Only… Continue Reading A Foundational Sense of Awe

Our Common Heritage

Interspiritual Mysticism Our Common Heritage Friday, September 25, 2020 Today’s meditation continues with reflections from interspiritual mystic Bede Griffiths who I introduced yesterday. I invite you to read his words with an open mind and heart. It is only today that these different religious traditions are beginning to mix freely all over the world and… Continue Reading Our Common Heritage

An Interspiritual Awakening

Interspiritual Mysticism An Interspiritual Awakening Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Today, I introduce you to my friend Adam Bucko, who is a devoted Christian contemplative, Episcopal priest, activist, and friend to the poor. He collaborates with spiritual leaders across religious traditions and mentors young people, helping them discover a spiritual life for the 21st century and… Continue Reading An Interspiritual Awakening

Engaged Love

Interspiritual Mysticism Engaged Love Tuesday, September 22, 2020 While interspirituality is not for the faint of heart, or for dabblers who merely want to appropriate the clothing, language, or customs of other faiths, sharing in the spiritual heart of a different religious tradition can be a genuine vocation, bringing much needed peace and healing to… Continue Reading Engaged Love

Solidarity Instead of Judgment

Interspiritual Mysticism Solidarity Instead of Judgment Sunday, September 20, 2020 In our one small and interwoven world, the great spiritual messengers of all the sacred traditions are a universal human treasure, to be received and reverenced with the respect due an attained being, an exemplar of a higher level of human consciousness. —Cynthia Bourgeault While… Continue Reading Solidarity Instead of Judgment

Awe, Wonder, and Love

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part One Awe, Wonder, and Love Thursday, August 13, 2020 A sense of wonder and awe is the foundation of religion. Too often we associate religion with belonging to a church or professing certain beliefs, but the religious instinct is so much broader than that. Sikh activist and human rights lawyer Valarie… Continue Reading Awe, Wonder, and Love

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