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Choosing Heaven Now

Hell, No! Choosing Heaven Now Monday, September 13, 2021 The shape of creation must somehow mirror and reveal the shape of the Creator. We must have a God at least as big as the universe. Otherwise, our view of God becomes irrelevant, constricted, and more harmful than helpful. The Christian image of a torturous hell… Continue Reading Choosing Heaven Now

Art as Service

Finding God in the Arts Art as Service Friday, August 20, 2021 Few of us feel called to be formal or fine artists, but all of us are called to be creators. Each of us is called to bring creativity, purpose, and passion to our vocation, no matter what it is. Artist and author Julia… Continue Reading Art as Service

Mark’s Good News: A Secret Message

Great Themes of Scripture: New Testament Mark’s Good News: A Secret Message Monday, July 5, 2021 At the beginning of Mark’s Gospel, he announces that he is proclaiming the good news about Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God (Mark 1:1). But in the first half of the Gospel, it is the evil spirits… Continue Reading Mark’s Good News: A Secret Message

Four Shapes of Transformation

An Evolving Faith Four Shapes of Transformation Tuesday, June 1, 2021 An evolutionary faith understands that nothing is static. The universe unfolds, our understanding of God evolves and deepens, and our moral development surely evolves as well. We simply cannot, as adults, live by the same overly simplistic rules that governed our morality as children.… Continue Reading Four Shapes of Transformation

The Work That Reconnects

The Contemplative Call to Nature The Work That Reconnects Friday, April 23, 2021 A few years ago, some members of our CAC community and I were blessed to be able to spend a week at Ghost Ranch with Joanna Macy. Joanna is a brilliant Buddhist teacher, a systems thinker, deep ecologist, and activist for peace,… Continue Reading The Work That Reconnects

Free to Serve Others

Liberation Free to Serve Others Friday, January 22, 2021 German theologian Dorothee Sölle (1929–2003) describes how seeing with God’s eyes, hearing with God’s ears, and acting with God’s passion for justice is a truly liberating experience that benefits the entire community. Sölle writes: In the sense of theology that liberates, the soul that is united… Continue Reading Free to Serve Others

Authentic Freedom

Liberation Authentic Freedom Tuesday, January 19, 2021 In his newest book, Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future, Pope Francis points out that we need both personal liberation and liberation from unjust and harmful systems. Unfortunately, many people have been taught that salvation is merely an individual escape plan for the next world,… Continue Reading Authentic Freedom

Changing Ourselves, Not the Other

Contemplation and Action Summary Changing Ourselves, Not the Other Thursday, December 31, 2020 New Year’s Eve In 1998, I spent three days immersed in the life, spirit, and ministries of Mother (now Saint) Teresa’s (1910‒1997) community at the motherhouse in Calcutta—a year after her death. Our work together ended on October 1, the feast day… Continue Reading Changing Ourselves, Not the Other

Participating in Movements for Justice

Spirituality and Social Movements Participating in Movements for Justice Friday, December 4, 2020 I think there are three basic levels of social ministry, and none is better than the other. I believe all are the movement of the Holy Spirit within us for the sake of others. I like to imagine a river flooding out… Continue Reading Participating in Movements for Justice

Solidarity: A Public Virtue

Public Virtue Solidarity: A Public Virtue Sunday, November 1, 2020 Citizens of the United States will finish voting this week. Many of us are feeling demoralized, and many others carry serious distrust of American political institutions. The most vulnerable in a society have already experienced the discouragement from which so many are suffering today. They… Continue Reading Solidarity: A Public Virtue

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