Tag Archives: transformation

Love Needs a Face

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 Love Needs a Face Monday, January 15, 2018 It was probably St. Francis of Assisi (c. 1182-1226) who first brought attention to the humanity of Jesus within organized Christianity. During its first thousand years, the Church was mainly concerned with proving that Jesus was God. Prior to St. Francis, paintings Read More »

When Things Fall Apart

From the Bottom Up: Summary When Things Fall Apart Friday, December 29, 2017 The word change normally refers to new beginnings. But transformation more often happens not when something new begins but when something old falls apart. The pain of something old falling apart—disruption and chaos—invites the soul to listen at a deeper level. It Read More »

A Great Turning

From the Bottom Up: Summary A Great Turning Wednesday, December 27, 2017 In her book Christianity After Religion, church historian Diana Butler Bass writes: Strange as it may seem in this time of cultural anxiety, economic near collapse, terrorist fear, political violence, environmental crisis, and partisan anger, I believe that the United States (and not Read More »

Choosing Heaven

Heaven Choosing Heaven Friday, December 22, 2017 Today I’d like to share a reflection from Franciscan sister and scientist Ilia Delio (who in turn presents insights from Rabbi Rami Shapiro) to end our week of reflection on eternity, love, and heaven: Heaven is earth transformed by love when earthly life is lived in love; the Read More »

Paschal Mystery

Self-Emptying Paschal Mystery Thursday, December 14, 2017 Given our twin planetary crises of climate change and unjust financial distribution, what is needed is not more information but the will to move from belief to action, from denial to profound change at both personal and public levels. The religions of the world, countercultural in their assumption Read More »

Interfaith Friendship: Weekly Summary

Interfaith Friendship Summary: Sunday, December 3-Friday, December 8, 2017 Underneath the very real differences between religions and peoples lies a unifying foundation. (Sunday) “If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means Read More »

Jesus and Buddha

Interfaith Friendship Jesus and Buddha Friday, December 8, 2017 In his book Jesus and Buddha, New Testament theologian Marcus Borg (1942-2015) highlights numerous sayings in the teachings of Jesus that are strikingly similar, if not identical, to the teachings of the Buddha who lived some six centuries earlier. There have been some attempts to explain Read More »

Disciples of Love

Interfaith Friendship Disciples of Love Tuesday, December 5, 2017 True, what Christians are after is different from what Buddhists are after. For Christians, it’s identification with the Christ-Spirit. For Buddhists, it’s realizing their Buddha-nature. And yet, both of these very different experiences have something in common: they are unitive, non-dualistic, mystical experiences in which we Read More »

Conscious Love

God as Us: Week 2 Conscious Love Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Cynthia Bourgeault, one of CAC’s core faculty members, names Jesus’ teaching and way of life “the path of conscious love.” [This phrase] emphasizes the life-affirming and implicitly relational nature of the path, and the word “conscious” makes clear that the touchstone here is transformation, Read More »

Meister Eckhart, Part II

Mysticism: Week 1 Meister Eckhart, Part II Friday, September 29, 2017 What is life? God’s being is my life. —Meister Eckhart [1] Meister Eckhart illustrates the height of western non-dualism. This is why he is largely impossible to understand with our usual dualistic mind. When Eckhart says, “Let us pray to God that we may Read More »

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