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When Contemplation Is Not Enough

  WHEN CONTEMPLATION ISN’T ENOUGH   The purpose of this website is to lift up the spiritual practices of contemplation, meditation, and Christian mysticism. They can provide a person with a basis to fully experience the Holy One and discover one’s created humanity. But this is only one facet of the God – human relationship. […]

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Shining like the sun. . .

“In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all these people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It was like waking

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Poor in Spirit, or just poor. . ,

This past Sunday, I began my sermon by speaking of the futility of being a biblical literalist. In our current Bible and book study we are exploring the different ways the writers of our four gospels approached the same stories that were circulating about Jesus in the first century. One of the most obvious differences

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My Silent Friend

For the past two years a young man has shown up on the doorstep of our church at various times. Obviously homeless, he brings along with his visits a backpack and usually a second bag of assorted items. He sits in our doorway being careful to not block anyone who wishes to enter the church.

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Stained Glass - Saint Augstine

A God of Paradox

I was quite fortunate this week to attend virtually the first of a year-long series on the Christian mystics led by Bernard McGinn – the preeminent scholar on Christian mysticism. The series is hosted by the World Community for Christian Meditation. This series will occur monthly with Dr. McGinn offering a presentation on a Christian

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Contemplation & Social Justice

Contemplation & Social Justice

Our Church, which has been fighting in these years only for self-preservation, as though that were an end in itself, is incapable of taking the word of reconciliation and redemption to man and the world. Our earlier words are therefore bound to lose their force and sense, and our being Christians today will be limited

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Stones

Stones

As a child, one of the joys was heading to the stream near my grandparent’s home and skipping flat stones across the ‘creek’. That activity, often done in solitude, focused all of my attention on finding a suitably flat stone and using the proper throwing motion to cause the stone to skip along the surface

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