Why Contemplation is Revolutionary (Conclusion)

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This is the final part of a series on “Why Contemplation is Revolutionary.” If you want to start at the beginning, follow this link: The Archbishop and the Community Theologian.We've made our way through the quotations from Archbishop Rowan Williams and community theologian Kenneth Leech. We've looked at contemplation as a means for transformation. In the silence of "being still and knowing God," contemplation hones our awareness of the chaos within us (which fosters humility), but also of th … [Read more...]

A Modest Proposal (and a question for folks who live near Decatur, Georgia)

If you have known me for a while, you know that for almost two years I was involved in a "Christian Mysticism Meetup" group that met every Wednesday night at a church in the Atlanta suburbs. At first we had lots of energy: 20 - 25 people attending each night; but eventually the group withered down to maybe 5 people or so showing up at a time. As I began to have conflicts on the night when the group met (Wednesdays) I let the group go, and that was the end of it. But I told the last few loyal … [Read more...]

Where do I go?

A reader named Kathy writes: I have had so many mystical experiences in my life that I have few to share with... I’ve searched in the Christian churches for places to feel understood, where I can worship my love of Christ, and fellowship... but always feel alone. I am a mother and a wife, and am looking for fellowship with others who have a mystical orientation with Christianity.. where do I go? Where shall I find that sense of community? Any thoughts would be most appreciated. Alas, I wish I h … [Read more...]

L’Arche Atlanta

Fran and Rhiannon and I attended a gathering of the Friends of L'Arche Atlanta on Saturday evening. We've been meaning to get to a L'Arche meeting for some time now, but there always seemed to be one conflict or another. Now that we've finally made it, we are going to be more intentional about making L'Arche a priority in our lives.If you're not familiar with L'Arche, it's worth getting to know. Founded by Jean Vanier and immortalized by Henri Nouwen in his book The Road to Daybreak, L'Arche … [Read more...]

Community

One of the monks who is reading the manuscript of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism teased me yesterday, by saying "It looks like you are just trying to get people into the pews!"I defended myself by saying, "No, I'm insisting that community is an essential, foundational aspect of Christian mysticism. Granted, for many people, Christian community means the church. But I really do have room for a broad variety of types of community."Our culture (I'm speaking here of North America, but I … [Read more...]


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