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Awe and Joy

African American Spirituality and Song Awe and Joy Friday, February 12, 2021 The spiritual journey is a constant interplay between moments of awe followed by a general process of surrender to that moment. We must first allow ourselves to be captured by the goodness, truth, or beauty of something beyond and outside ourselves. Then we… Continue Reading Awe and Joy

A Balm in Gilead

African American Spirituality and Song A Balm in Gilead Thursday, February 11, 2021 The Hebrew prophets deeply loved their tradition and profoundly criticized it at the same time. Such truthful love is a very rare art form and a hallmark of prophetic identity. The prophet Jeremiah lived in a time of deep grief and loss.… Continue Reading A Balm in Gilead

Contemplative Song

African American Spirituality and Song Contemplative Song Tuesday, February 9, 2021 The things that help us discover and return to a place of integrated knowing are both obvious and not obvious at all. Silence is one of them, and probably the one I speak of most often. Yet music and art create valuable channels to… Continue Reading Contemplative Song

Black Song Is Sacred Song

African American Spirituality and Song Black Song Is Sacred Song Monday, February 8, 2021 Thea Bowman (1937–1990), a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, was a powerful communicator, deeply passionate about Jesus, the Catholic Church, and her African American heritage. I begin today with her words on the history and significance of what she celebrates as… Continue Reading Black Song Is Sacred Song

Christ Prays in Us and through Us

African American Spirituality and Song Christ Prays in Us and through Us Sunday, February 7, 2021 Although most Sunday church services don’t foster it, the essential religious experience is that we are being “known through” more than knowing anything by ourselves. An authentic encounter with God will feel like true knowing, not just in our… Continue Reading Christ Prays in Us and through Us

The Inadequacy of Words

Unknowing The Inadequacy of Words Sunday, January 31, 2021 My thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways are not your ways. . . . As high as the heavens are above the earth, so my ways are beyond your ways, and my thoughts are beyond your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8–9) Jesus had been formed by this… Continue Reading The Inadequacy of Words

Less Is More

Self-Emptying Less Is More Sunday, December 13, 2020 Third Sunday of Advent Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave,  coming… Continue Reading Less Is More

A Christian Ashram

Interspiritual Mysticism A Christian Ashram Thursday, September 24, 2020 It is only in prayer that we can communicate with one another at the deepest level of our being. Behind all words and gestures, behind all thoughts and feelings, there is an inner centre of prayer where we can meet one another in the presence of… Continue Reading A Christian Ashram

The Truth Will Set You Free

Inner and Outer Freedom The Truth Will Set You Free Sunday, June 14, 2020 Authentic spirituality is always on some level or in some way about letting go. In a consumer society, however, we have little training in how to let go of anything. Rather, more is usually considered better. Jesus said, “the truth will… Continue Reading The Truth Will Set You Free

Gaining New Traction

Darkness Gaining New Traction Monday, December 2, 2019 Experiences of darkness are good and necessary teachers. They are not to be avoided, denied, run from, or explained away. Even if we don’t experience clinical or diagnosed depression, most of us will go through a period of darkness, doubt, and malaise at some point in our… Continue Reading Gaining New Traction

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