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Contemplative Activists: Weekly Summary

Contemplative Activists Saturday, July 18, 2020 Summary: Sunday, July 12—Friday, July 17, 2020 In order to have the capacity to move the world, we need some “social distancing” and detachment from the diversions and delusions of mass culture and our false self. (Sunday) Dorothy Day’s spirituality and her social witness were equally rooted in the… Continue Reading Contemplative Activists: Weekly Summary

Two Revelations of Faith

Contemplative Activists Two Revelations of Faith Friday, July 17, 2020 Everything begins in mysticism and ends in politics. —Charles Péguy It seems to me that a regular practice of contemplation makes it almost inevitable that our politics are going to change. The way we spend our time is going to be called into question. Our… Continue Reading Two Revelations of Faith

Mysticism and Nonviolence

Contemplative Activists Mysticism and Nonviolence Thursday, July 16, 2020 Dorothee Soelle (1929–2003) is an example of a contemplative who finds she must take action. I met her once in Germany at the Kirchentag (an assembly sponsored by the German Evangelical Church) and was deeply impressed. She was a first-rate scholar and noted theological author. I’ve… Continue Reading Mysticism and Nonviolence

Defender of Liberation Theology

Contemplative Activists Defender of Liberation Theology Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Jesuit priest Pedro Arrupe (1907–1991) was a deeply spiritual man who was entirely committed to serving others, particularly the poor in whom he saw Christ. Authors Kerry Walters and Robin Jarrell describe some of the pivotal events of his life: He was three years into… Continue Reading Defender of Liberation Theology

Civil Rights Contemplative

Contemplative Activists Civil Rights Contemplative Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Fannie Lou Hamer (1917–1977) is remembered for her strength and courage in the face of an oppressive system. During the Civil Rights Movement, she inspired others to reclaim their God-given dignity and demand full citizenship in the United States. CAC faculty member Barbara Holmes writes: [Fannie Lou Hamer is] a contemplative exemplar because… Continue Reading Civil Rights Contemplative

Peace and Advocacy for the Poor

Contemplative Activists Peace and Advocacy for the Poor Monday, July 13, 2020 Dorothy Day (1897–1980) gives us a clear example of a contemplative activist. In her case, she began with activism, converted to Catholicism around age 30, and eventually lived out her two callings in a powerful and effective way. My friend John Dear, himself… Continue Reading Peace and Advocacy for the Poor

Contemplation: A Life’s Journey

Contemplative Activists Contemplation: A Life’s Journey Sunday, July 12, 2020 I believe that the combination of human action from a contemplative center is the greatest art form, one that takes our whole lives to master. When action and contemplation are united, we have beauty, symmetry, and transformation—lives and actions that heal the world by their… Continue Reading Contemplation: A Life’s Journey

Devotion at the Center

Alternative Community Devotion at the Center Wednesday, June 3, 2020 As Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968) observed, one of the most segregated hours in the United States still occurs on Sunday mornings when we attend church services. [1] Yet as early as the 1940s, African-American writer and mystic Howard Thurman (1899–1981) was seeking to build… Continue Reading Devotion at the Center

Senses Unfamiliar

Ways of Knowing Senses Unfamiliar Friday, October 18, 2019 One of the gifts of Native traditions is their openness to wisdom from many avenues beyond rational thought—community, ancestors, dance, drumming, nature, and symbols that speak deeply to the unconscious. I am humbled to learn from our Pueblo, Apache, and Navajo brothers and sisters here in… Continue Reading Senses Unfamiliar

Renouncing the World

True Self and False Self: Week 1 Renouncing the World Tuesday, August 8, 2017 The New Testament often uses the word world to speak of the corporate false self. “World” used in this way is not speaking of creation, the planet, or nature, but what we might call “the system.” Unfortunately, many Christians are enamored… Continue Reading Renouncing the World

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