Is God somewhere “up there” or is God intimately connected to the universe? Theology matters, especially in face of climate change and the moral crises of our time.
My series on the Spiritual Alphabet continues with “C is for Connections.”
In this essay, I offer metaphors for re-thinking our connections to the world and to God. You can (safely!) click here to read the essay at Spirituality & Practice or here to read the essay at Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism.
The Interfaith Observer is a wonderful resource for spiritual pilgrims of all faiths. This month, my piece “Embracing the Full Catastrophe” is featured under the theme of “Spiritual Explorations in Tough Times.” These are tough times, indeed! Hope you find some spiritual nourishment in this piece as well as all the articles featured in the October issue. Click here to read!
As I journey through the Spiritual Alphabet (created by Mary Ann and Frederic Brussat), I find that “compassion” is perhaps the most compelling word for our day. In my latest essay “C is for Compassion,” I address the issue of “compassion fatigue” and how we can envision God in all the muck and horror that we see unfolding in Puerto Rico and around the world. . . .
I hope you will journey with me through the alphabet!
Exciting News! Jay McDaniel (editor of Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism) and I have a brand new blog called “Process Musings,” hosted by the awesome website Spirituality and Practice .
Here’s an excerpt from our Introductory Blog:
Welcome to Process Musings for the curious, the creative, and the openhearted. We are two bloggers from the world of process thought, inspired by the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. We believe in a God of love and beauty — “the poet of the world” — who is tenderly interrelated with all creation. We also believe in an interconnected universe that is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects.
In our process approach to life, we appreciate all good-hearted souls around the world who are committed to the flourishing of life: theists, non-theists, and the many who are somewhere in between. And we believe that no religious or cultural tradition has all the truth, but that all have wisdom to offer the world. We highlight spiritual paths and practices that promote well-being for the common good and care for the planet. . . . For more, click here 🙂
I am please to announce that I have an essay published in the exciting new book Uncontrolling Love: Essays Exploring the Love of God with Introductions by Thomas Jay Oord. As a part of a 24 hr. Uncontrolling Love Event, I’ll be on Facebook Live on Friday, August 25 at 11:30 a.m. (Central) talking about my essay, entitled “Transcending Fear Itself: From the Personal to the Political.” I hope you will join me on the 25th!
To participate in Beauty is
to come into the presence of the Holy.
Beauty as a Holy Sanctuary
Beauty is a holy sanctuary where heaven and earth greet each another with gladness. It offers us glimpses of something more: the promise of a “a hidden wholeness” underneath the brokenness of this world. Beauty, I believe, is where we find our true home with God and the world.
And God is beautiful.
So many have been injured by the very word “God” and so cannot use such language; that is understandable. I use the word “God” throughout this Spiritual Alphabet Series in the sense that Alfred North Whitehead wrote of God as the “poet of the world.” And as a progressive Christian minister, I also embrace the vision of Jesus as a lens through which we can imagine what God is like: Not an all-controlling king “up there,” but Love incarnate—in the world—weeping with those who weep and transforming our brokenness into novel possibilities for wholeness. As a process thinker, I believe in a beautiful God.
To continue reading this essay, click here 🙂