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Prophets: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Prophets: Part Two Summary, Sunday, July 7—Friday, July 12, 2019 The biblical notion of justice, beginning in the Hebrew Scriptures with the Jewish prophets—especially Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Hosea—is quite different than retributive justice. If we read carefully and honestly, we will see that God’s justice is restorative. (Sunday) A prophet is one who keeps… Continue Reading Prophets: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Jesus’ Resurrection: Weekly Summary

Jesus’ Resurrection Summary: Sunday, April 21—Friday, April 26, 2019 Easter is not just the final chapter of Jesus’ life, but the final chapter of history. Death does not have the last word. (Sunday) Love is the energy that sustains the universe, moving us toward a future of resurrection. We do not even need to call… Continue Reading Jesus’ Resurrection: Weekly Summary

Suffering: Week 2 Summary

Suffering: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, October 21-Friday, October 26, 2018 The genius of Jesus’ ministry is that he reveals that God uses tragedy, suffering, pain, betrayal, and death itself (all of which are normally inevitable), not to punish us but, in fact, to bring us to God and to our True Self, which are frequently… Continue Reading Suffering: Week 2 Summary

Western Christianity: Weekly Summary

Western Christianity Summary: Sunday, September 16-Friday, September 21, 2018 To learn contemplative practice is to learn what we need so as to live truthfully and honestly and lovingly. It is a deeply revolutionary matter. —Archbishop Rowan Williams (Sunday) Meditation [was] not a newfangled innovation, let alone the grafting onto Christianity of an Eastern practice, but… Continue Reading Western Christianity: Weekly Summary

Politics: Week 1 Summary

Politics: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, July 8-Friday, July 13, 2018 The Hebrew prophets and Jesus clearly modeled engagement with both faith and the public forum. To be a faith leader is to connect the inner and outer worlds. (Sunday) There is no such thing as being non-political. Everything we say or do either affirms or… Continue Reading Politics: Week 1 Summary

Justice: Week 2 Summary

Justice: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, June 17-Friday, June 22, 2018 Only by solidarity with other people’s suffering can comfortable people be converted. Otherwise we are disconnected from the cross—of the world, of others, of Jesus, and finally of our own necessary participation in the great mystery of dying and rising. (Sunday) The way of radical… Continue Reading Justice: Week 2 Summary

Rap: Resistance and Reassurance

Art: Week 2 Rap: Resistance and Reassurance Friday, May 25, 2018 We’re far more comfortable recognizing the sacred in poetry and psalms than we are seeing it in our own popular culture . . . at least I know I am. Barbara Holmes explores breath and rhythm in rap, an art form of resistance and… Continue Reading Rap: Resistance and Reassurance

Blues and Jazz: Lament and Improvisation

Art: Week 2 Blues and Jazz: Lament and Improvisation Thursday, May 24, 2018 Today’s meditation is drawn from Barbara Holmes’ book Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church. She explores the blues—a musical form developed in the Deep South by African Americans in the late 19th century—and jazz—originating in New Orleans in the late… Continue Reading Blues and Jazz: Lament and Improvisation

Chant: Discovering Your Voice

Art: Week 2 Chant: Discovering Your Voice Monday, May 21, 2018 Chant is singing our prayers. Chant is vocal meditation. Chant is the breath made audible in tone. Chant is discovering Spirit in sound. —Robert Gass [1] My colleague, Center for Action and Contemplation faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault, sees the psalms as a powerful prophetic… Continue Reading Chant: Discovering Your Voice

The Psalms

Art: Week 2 The Psalms Sunday, May 20, 2018 So much of our lives is dictated by our preferences, what we like and don’t like. We all naturally gravitate toward what we find attractive, and there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. But we need to be aware that there are things deeper than our preferences.… Continue Reading The Psalms

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