Occupy Spirituality: Creating Communities in the Service of Life

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And so we reach the last of our excerpts from Occupy Spirituality exploring the ways in which the Occupy Generation is redefining spirituality and sacred activism for our time.Out of these young visionary prophets’ passionate and compassionate spiritual practices is evolving a sacred community…the legacy of the Beloved Community of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision.An Excerpt from Chapter 2 of Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation by Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox, pu … [Read more...]

Occupy Spirituality: Redefining Leadership as Dynamic, Democratic and Authentic

As we’ve interviewed the young people of the Occupy generation, we’ve witnessed them giving birth to an embodied spirituality that deeply values authenticity…balances concept and experience… combines creativity and compassion with a passion for justice…celebrates unity within diversity…and practices joy, fun and the fullness of life.This post and the next look at the ways in which these young visionaries are structuring a new society: redefining the role of spiritual leadership and the role o … [Read more...]

Spirituality Combined with A Call to Action

Both the deteriorating economy and the Occupy Generation's holistic approach to life as vocation have changed the traditional view of a working life.

For many fundamentalists, religious practice revolves around one inward-looking question: Am I saved? As the world has witnessed, however, the Occupy Generation takes their embodied spirituality in the opposite direction, eliminating the division between the sacred and mundane, and blending spiritual vocation with career and public activism.Our dialogue continues with the fourth pattern we've seen in our conversations with today's generation of mystic prophets:An Excerpt from Chapter 2 … [Read more...]

Occupy Spirituality: A Dance between Body, Mind and Soul

Drumming, singing, marching and dancing are all part of the embodied spirituality of the Occupy Generation.

If the spirituality of the Occupy Generation as an ongoing dialogue between experience and concept – what is the nature of that experience? How is it grounded in daily practice? From our intensive conversations with many young people, we gained an exciting picture of solidly practical, embodied, and yet deeply mystical spirituality.An Excerpt from Chapter 2 of Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generationby Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox, published by North Atlantic Books, c … [Read more...]

Faith in the Occupy Generation: Balancing Concept and Experience

A makeshift altar at one of the Occupy encampments

We started this series of posts by looking at the first of seven themes that we’ve seen in our intensive interviews with many of the coming generation’s evolving mystics and prophets. We witnessed the deeply ecumenical nature of the Occupy generation’s evolving spirituality…a spirituality that we feel will become the template for faith in the 21st century, moving away from the forms of institutional religion to embrace the one underlying reality at the root of all faith traditions.The second … [Read more...]

A New Generation Birthing the Beloved Community

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As America marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and the historic speech of Martin Luther King, Jr., we take a moment to celebrate that spirit of sacred activism arising in the youth of today with an excerpt from  Matthew Fox’s and Adam Bucko’s upcoming book:An excerpt from the Introduction of Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation by Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox, published by North Atlantic Books, copyright © 2013. Reprinted by permission of publi … [Read more...]

The Kingdom of God is US – Each and All!

"In the phrase, “The Kingdom is among you,” the word “you’ is plural!  The Kingdom is among all of you, among us, where two or three are gathered together " - Matthew Fox at the second Christ Path Seminar

So Jesus was shaking up both the political and religious institutions of his day with this idea of the Kingdom of God. But what does that mean for us today, here and now, in the 21st century?Now the essence of the Kingdom, Chilton says, is based on the community’s acceptance of the poor, the hungry, the bereaved, and the shunned. The Kingdom of God is in your midst, and he points out that this is so important, that in the phrase, “The Kingdom is among you,” the word “you’ is plural! (In Greek … [Read more...]

Shaking up Empires and Priesthoods for the Sake of the Kingdom of God

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So – we’ve looked at Jesus’ deconstructing the false gods of his day. But why – what was the larger agenda, the larger vision, behind his actions?The vision behind all his teaching, all his revolutionary words, was the Kingdom of God.Now, everyone who heard the word Kingdom in his day knew it was politically wrapped. It was about this Kingdom of God, versus the Roman Empire, the kingdom under which they were living on a daily basis. Jesus was talking to a people who were not only oppress … [Read more...]

A Radical Vision for a New Generation

"'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams." - Acts 2:17 paragraphAs ministers and educators, we hear a great deal from parents about the need to pass spiritual values on to our young people. But over the past few years, we've seen the young people of the world taking the lead in teaching Christ-like values of love, compassion, justice and mercy...and most … [Read more...]

But What Appeal Does the Christ Path Have for the Spiritual but Not Religious?

We've heard some inquiries from people who are not walking a Christian or Christ-based path - who identify with other faith traditions, or call themselves "spiritual but not religious," and who are skittish about a workshop identified with Christ in any context.So, we felt it would be good to have a planning team member share her experience as an Earth-based spiritual edgewalker who's clenched her teeth, swearing silently "I will not bolt,  I will not bolt" when she's heard ministers edging … [Read more...]


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