The Spirituality of Spring: Creativity as Spiritual Practice

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i thank You God for most this amazingday: for the leaping greenly spirits of treesand a blue true dream of sky; and for everythingwhich is natural which is infinite which is yes (i who have died am alive again today,and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birthday of life and of love and wings: and of the gaygreat happening illimitably earth) how should tasting touching hearing seeingbreathing any — lifted from the noof all nothing — h … [Read more...]

Ellen Davis: An Eco-friendly Bible Scholar You Should Know

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I recently had the opportunity to attend a morning workshop with Ellen Davis on "Honest Grief and Realistic Hope: Teaching and Preaching about Creation in 2012." Ellen is the Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School.She is perhaps best know for her excellent book Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2009): This book examines the theology and ethics of land use, especially th … [Read more...]

Sermon Series Retrospective: Matthew Fox’s “Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality”

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For Advent, I preached through the four parts of Matthew Fox's landmark book Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality Presented in Four Paths, Twenty-Six Themes, and Two Questions. The following are the sermon titles and a brief summary:Embracing Christianity and Evolution: Matthew Fox, Original Blessing, and Creation Spirituality (Advent 1) What would Christianity look like if the focus were Original Blessing, not Original Sin; Creation Spirituality, not the Fall/Redemption sto … [Read more...]

“Out Beyond Ideas” for Advent: Original Blessing, Creation Spirituality, and Social Justice

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Jesus clearly says the kingdom of heaven is among us (Luke 17:21) or “at hand” (Matthew 3:2, 4:17). One wonders why we made it into a reward system for later, or as Brian McLaren calls it, “an evacuation plan for the next world.” Maybe it was easier to obey laws and practice rituals for later than to actually be transformed now.The price for real transformation is high. It means that we have to change our loyalties from power, success, money, and control (read: “our kingdoms”) to the Lordship … [Read more...]

The Artist’s Way for Advent: Matthew Fox’s “Via Creativa”

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I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you Which shall be the darkness of God. As, in a theatre, The lights are extinguished, for the scene to be changed With a hollow rumble of wings, with a movement of darkness on darkness, And we know that the hills and the trees, the distant panorama And the bold imposing facade are all being rolled away — Or as, when an underground train, in the tube, stops too long between stations And the conversation rises and slowly fades into s … [Read more...]

#OccupyAdvent: Befriending Darkness, Letting Go, and Letting Be

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Whatever is foreseen in joy / Must be lived out from day to day. / Vision held open in the dark / By our ten thousand days of work. / Harvest will fill the barn; for that / The hand must ache, the face must sweat.And yet no leaf or grain is filled / By work of ours; the field is tilled / And left to grace. That we may reap, / Great work is done while we're asleep. / When we work well, a Sabbath mood / Rests on our day, and finds it good. —Wendell Berry, A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems … [Read more...]


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