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Inner Experience of God

Mysticism: Week 1 Inner Experience of God Sunday, September 24, 2017 Years ago, someone asked if I could sum up all my teachings in two words. My response was “incarnational mysticism.” The first word, “incarnational,” is Christianity’s specialty and should always be our essential theme. We believe God became incarnate. The early Fathers of the Read More »

Courageous Nonviolence

Nonviolence Courageous Nonviolence Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable. —Mahatma Gandhi [1] Living a nonviolent life is no easy task; it is not simply pacifism. It requires courageous love, drawn from the very source of our being. As Mark Kurlansky explains, “Pacifism Read More »

The Root of Violence

Nonviolence The Root of Violence Monday, September 18, 2017 The root of violence is the illusion of separation—from God, from Being itself, from being one with everyone and everything. When you don’t know you are connected and one, you will invariably resort to some form of violence to get the dignity and power you lack. Read More »

Mixed Blessings

Sin: Symptom of Separation Mixed Blessings Tuesday, August 22, 2017 The humiliation that you and I carry and that most people refuse to accept is that we humans are a mass of contradictions. We are first of all a blessing, but everyone knows we are also a mixed blessing. Some called this quality of human Read More »

Hidden with Christ in God

Sin: Symptom of Separation Hidden with Christ in God Sunday, August 20, 2017 The Judeo-Christian creation story says that we were created in the very “image and likeness” of God: “Let us create humanity in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves” (Genesis 1:26). The true human identity must build on this foundational goodness, Read More »

Living in God

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Living in God Friday, August 18, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. In ways known only to God, the one seeking God in silence unexpectedly falls through the barriers Read More »

Discovering Self in Discovering God

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Discovering Self in Discovering God Monday, August 14, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. For Merton, the spiritual life is a journey in which we discover ourselves in discovering Read More »

Divinization

Salvation as At-One-Ment Divinization Friday, July 28, 2017 Yesterday we explored the metaphor of a wedding to describe what God is doing—preparing and drawing us toward deeper intimacy, belonging, and union. The Eastern Fathers of the Church were not afraid of this belief, and called it the process of “divinization” (theosis). In fact, they saw Read More »

Deepening Connection

Salvation as At-One-Ment Deepening Connection Thursday, July 27, 2017 If we would imitate Jesus in very practical ways, the Christian religion would be made-to-order to grease the wheels of human consciousness toward love, nonviolence, justice, inclusivity, and care for creation. Mature religion serves as a conveyor belt for the evolution of human consciousness. Immature religion Read More »

One with God, One with Each Other

The Wisdom Jesus One with God, One with Each Other Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault continues exploring Jesus as a wisdom teacher. When Jesus talks about Oneness, he is not speaking in an Eastern sense about an equivalency of being, such that I am in and of myself Read More »

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