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Being Instruments of God

Life as Participation Being Instruments of God Sunday, September 5, 2021 Almost twenty years ago, I gave a series of talks called Great Themes of Paul: Life as Participation, which I still think is one of the most important sets I ever made. Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3–6) was dramatic and… Continue Reading Being Instruments of God

Jesus and the Universal Christ

Unveiling the Universal Christ Jesus and the Universal Christ Thursday, August 26, 2021 Today Barbara Holmes shares the benefits of believing in a God who is both personal (Jesus) and universal (Christ). [As an African American woman,] I grew up with a preference for the flesh and blood divinity of Jesus because of the suffering,… Continue Reading Jesus and the Universal Christ

The Gift of Tears

Everybody Grieves The Gift of Tears Tuesday, August 3, 2021 The human instinct is to block suffering and pain. This is especially true in the West where we have been influenced by the “rationalism” of the Enlightenment. As anyone who has experienced grief can attest, it isn’t rational. We really don’t know how to hurt!… Continue Reading The Gift of Tears

When Crisis Comes

Crisis Contemplation When Crisis Comes Sunday, July 25, 2021 Living in a transitional age such as ours is scary: things are falling apart, the future is unknowable, so much doesn’t cohere or make sense. We can’t seem to put order to it. This is the postmodern panic. It lies beneath most of our cynicism, our… Continue Reading When Crisis Comes

God Is Always Choosing People

Great Themes of Scripture: Hebrew Bible God Is Always Choosing People Friday, July 2, 2021 Much of the Bible is largely character development and transformation of persons and institutions. It usually begins with an experience of “election” or chosenness. There’s no getting started, it seems, without somehow knowing oneself as special and empowered. Then the… Continue Reading God Is Always Choosing People

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 Wisdom of the Passion

Scapegoating and the Cross The Wisdom of the Passion Thursday, April 1, 2021 Holy Thursday CAC teacher Cynthia Bourgeault invites us to consider the meaning of the passion from a wisdom perspective, not as a spectator watching what Jesus did, but understanding what each of us is called to do: The passion is really the… Continue Reading The Wisdom of the Passion

Breaking the Cycle of Violence

Scapegoating and the Cross Breaking the Cycle of Violence Wednesday, March 31, 2021 I doubt very much that I need to point out the many ways we practice scapegoating in our society today. We do it on both the political left and right, in our churches and community groups, by finger-pointing and punishing. We are… Continue Reading Breaking the Cycle of Violence

A Gospel Lens

Learning How to See A Gospel Lens Friday, March 5, 2021 You are not here to verify, Instruct yourself, or inform curiosity Or carry report. You are here to kneel Where prayer has been valid. —T. S. Eliot, “Little Gidding” Everybody looks at the world through their own lens, a matrix of culturally inherited qualities,… Continue Reading A Gospel Lens

New Language for a New Story

Nature, Cosmos, and Connection New Language for a New Story Monday, February 15, 2021 The Spirit whispers, the ancestors agree.  You are star born and God loved; The universe awaits  your gifts. —Barbara Holmes, Race and the Cosmos The addition of Barbara Holmes to the CAC’s Living School has been a gift, with her wonderful… Continue Reading New Language for a New Story

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