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The Essential Self and the Passing Self

Gender and Sexuality: Week 1 The Essential Self and the Passing Self Wednesday, April 18, 2018 As I shared in my meditations on human bodies the last two weeks, Western Christianity owes our separation of body and spirit to Greek philosophy much more than to Scripture or Jesus. Social psychologist Diarmuid O’Murchu suggests that Plato… Continue Reading The Essential Self and the Passing Self

Reuniting Our Separated Selves

Gender and Sexuality: Week 1 Reuniting Our Separated Selves Tuesday, April 17, 2018 The body is a sacrament . . . a visible sign of invisible grace. . . . All our inner life and intimacy of soul longs to find an outer mirror. It longs for a form in which it can be seen,… Continue Reading Reuniting Our Separated Selves

Wholeness

Gender and Sexuality: Week 1 Wholeness Monday, April 16, 2018 In the Hebrew Scriptures, prior to the influence of the Platonic dualism that deemed body as bad and spirit as good, there is a much more integrated notion of the human being. The biblical writers believed that the divine breath, breathed into Adam and Eve,… Continue Reading Wholeness

Bearing the Mystery of God

Gender and Sexuality: Week 1 Bearing the Mystery of God Sunday, April 15, 2018 In the image of God they were created, male and female God created them. —Genesis 1:27 As we explored the past two weeks, human bodies are sacred images or incarnations of God. Yes, this includes our gender and sexuality. What makes… Continue Reading Bearing the Mystery of God

Gates to the Temple

God as Us: Week 2 Gates to the Temple Sunday, November 12, 2017 Authentic love is about giving a bit of myself to another—and, in this surrender, something new is created, whether a baby or another form of life and beauty. The flow of love is a divine experience mirroring the relationship within the Trinity.… Continue Reading Gates to the Temple

Different Paths, Same Destination

God as Us: Week 1 Different Paths, Same Destination Friday, November 10, 2017 If we do not name the sacred character of gender and sexuality, we will keep naming it as we largely have, in the realm of sin. Most of us were not told our bodies and desires were sacred. Quite the opposite. We… Continue Reading Different Paths, Same Destination

Identity and Desire

God as Us: Week 1 Identity and Desire Thursday, November 9, 2017 Another beautiful metaphor in the Bible used for God is that of a lover. The allure of a beloved pulls us out of self, into ekstasis (Greek for ecstasy). Unfortunately, the Church’s shaming of body and sex has shut down many people’s longing… Continue Reading Identity and Desire

Intimacy

Love: Week 2 Intimacy Wednesday, January 6, 2016 (Feast of the Epiphany, The “Self-Manifestation” of God) Today is called “The Twelfth Day of Christmas” perhaps because it took at least twelve days, and then some, for the self-disclosure of God to slam into our consciousness. Intimacy is another word for trustful, tender, and risky self-disclosure.… Continue Reading Intimacy

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