Occupy Spirituality: Creating Communities in the Service of Life

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: Where Seriousness and Playfulness Meet

We’ve looked at passion, practice, prophecy and purpose – all elements of the spirituality that we’ve witnessed in our interviews with 20- and 30-something members of the Occupy Generation.Some readers have asked - how do these patterns and practices differ from those of New Age spirituality, or the embodied interspiritual practices that are shared today across the population, from teens to elder Boomers?Our answer:  For one thing, they very much include  the shadow--both personal and soc … [Read more...]

Spirituality Combined with A Call to Action

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

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

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...]

Bypassing Institution for Essence: Young People Seek a More Authentic Spirituality

What is the spirituality of the younger generation? Are they falling away from God as they leave the churches, or are they discovering – and creating – a new form of spirituality, one that goes back to the mystical roots of the Church? As we interviewed a wide range of young people in our research for Occupy Spirituality, we found them to be intensely spiritual as mystic activists, with seven common themes showing up among their beliefs and practices. We’ll share these themes over the next po … [Read more...]

Do You Dare to Stand Near to Jesus – Near to the Fire?

We are continuing our exploration of the Gospel of Thomas with logion 82, where Jesus says: “She who is near to Me is near to the fire.”He knew that what He discovered on behalf of the whole of humanity was a terrible fire, a fire of purifying, excruciating, glorious, tremendous love power. He knew that anybody who joined His path would have to go through enormous struggles and ordeals, because He Himself had been through these struggles and ordeals.He also knew that anybody who fell in l … [Read more...]

Unveiling Jesus’ Reality: Not the Usual Transcendental Twaddle

Now we will turn to logion 77:  “I am the light which is above them all, I am the all.  The all has come forth from me and all has split open before me.  Lift the stone, you will find me there.  Split the piece of wood, I am there.”In this logion, Jesus speaks of what the supreme divine consciousness will unveil to you about you. He’s speaking in the “I,” but He’s speaking from the “I AM” consciousness, the spacious divine consciousness that pervades the entire Gospel of Thomas.  He is referr … [Read more...]

Why Being a Good Girl or Boy Will Not Get You Up There to Heaven

So we are continuing our journey of radical transformation through the logions of the Gospel of Thomas, with logion 3.Jesus said: “If those who lead you proclaim to you: ‘The realm is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will enter before you.  If they proclaim to you: ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will enter before you.  Rather, the realm is within you and outside of you.  When you come to know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will realize that you are the children of the Li … [Read more...]