Teilhard de Chardin believed that thinking is essential to evolution. How we think is how we evolve because thinking is the act of the mind creating new unities and new horizons of insight. “To think is to unify, to make wholes where there are scattered fragments; not merely to register it but to confer upon it a form of unity it would otherwise be without.”
OUR THEME FOR 2017: LOVE IN AN AGE OF DISTRUST
Our current focus is an exploration of the question:
HOW DO WE ACT FROM HOPE IN AN AGE OF DISTRUST?
As you engage with the Omega Center content we encourage you to read Ilia Delio’s instruction: READING FOR AN EVOLUTIONARY AGE: OMEGA LECTIO DIVINA, available here.
by MARTY SCHMIDT
A Response to Cynthia Bourgeault's "Teilhard for Troubled Times"
I write as a high school humanities teacher who for more than 25 years has been on a quest to find what power in education really means in the international setting of Hong Kong. My starting point, then, in response to Cynthia's reflections on Teilhard, is that her comments address arguably the biggest cosmological question of all: where do we find hope?
by CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT
The Living Reality of Omega
The third and most powerful wellspring of hope that Teilhard has to offer us—for those with “eyes to see and hearts to hear”—is the assurance that this slow toiling of the planet toward Omega is not merely some hypothetical, futuristic theory. Omega is neither abstract nor hypothetical; it is already present, actively suffusing and permeating the earth with its telluric energy. “I probably would never have dared to consider or form the rational hypothesis of it,” Teilhard writes in The Human Phenomenon, “if I had not already found in my consciousness as a believer not only the speculative model for it, but its living reality.” (HP, 211).
by CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT
Don’t Co-exist, Coalesce!
The second hopeful resource that Teilhard brings to our unsettled political times is his unshakable conviction that evolutionary progress will unfold its ultimate triumph in the realm of the personal. While our postmodern temperament has a well-engrained tendency to regard the world through a filter of distrust, in which the bits and pieces inevitably appear “random” and disconnected—certainly impersonal—Teilhard encourages us to see our planetary home as a coherent and increasingly compassionate whole, steadily plying its way along its irreversible evolutionary trajectory. In the big picture, there is nothing to suggest that evolution has gone off track. But there is plenty to suggest that we are entering a critical new phase in which some old-order planetary survival strategies are giving way to a new and more intentional sense of mutual interdependence.
by CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT
Deep Hope Flows Over Deep Time
I don’t know what kind of divine nudge it may have been that prompted me in January 2015 to challenge the students in my Wisdom network to a deep dive into Teilhard, but the response was electric, to say the least. Over the ensuing eighteen months we collectively chomped our way through The Human Phenomenon, The Divine Milieu, and The Heart of Matter in both online formats and on-the-ground Wisdom schools and retreats. Students who really caught the Teilhard bug read even more widely, exploring the entire range of his canon from the magnificent early mystical upwellings in Writings in Time of War to the profound final synthesis in The Christic, completed less than a month before his death.
March 15, 2017 REFLECTING ON HOW OUR LIVES MATTER TO GOD a reflection by BRIE STONER
March 3. 2017 DO WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO GOD? by ILIA DELIO
February 20, 2017 PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR by HEIDI RUSSELL
February 13, 2017 LOVE IN AN UNTRUSTFUL MILIEU by WILLIAM THOMPSON-UBERUAGA
February 6, 2017 LOVE IN AN AGE OF DISTRUST by ILIA DELIO
January 30, 2017 KENOTIC LOVE AND TRUE PERSONHOOD: A RECORDED CONVERSATION Audio recording with Ilia Delio and Cynthia Bourgeault
January 23, 2017 CHRIST IS A CYBORG: THE COSMIC CHRIST AND A TECHNOLOGY OF RESURRECTION by GREGORY R. HANSELL
January 16, 2017 LOVE, HOPE, AND THE COSMIC FUTURE by JOHN F HAUGHT
January 9, 2017 INTERVIEW: APPROACHING THE NEW YEAR an Interview with Ilia Delio
January 2, 2017 GOD IS BORN AGAIN AND AGAIN by ILIA DELIO
December 26, 2016 LOVE AND THE DARK ENERGY OF EXPANSION by TED PETERS
December 19, 2016 ADVENT: LOVE COMING TO FULLNESS by RICHARD ROHR
December 12, 2016 LOVE IN AN UNFINISHED UNIVERSE: AN ADVENT REFLECTION by BRUCE SANGUIN
December 5, 2016 WAITING IN AN UNFINISHED UNIVERSE by ILIA DELIO
November 28, 2016 NOVEMBER INTERVIEW: HARNESSING LOVE IN CHANGING AND CHALLENGING TIMES, an Interview with Ilia Delio
November 21, 2016 WOULD YOU TAKE A “JESUS PILL”? by RON COLE-TURNER
November 14, 2016 ON KILLING MICE AND LOVING ROBOTS: ARE WE COMMITTING A GREAT INJUSTICE? by PETER ARMSTRONG
November 7, 2016 THE DEPTH OF LOVE IN A SHALLOW CULTURE by ILIA DELIO
October 31, 2016 OCTOBER INTERVIEW: LOVE IN THE MIDST OF SUFFERING an Interview with Ilia Delio
October 24, 2016 MY PERSONAL REFLECTION ON SEEKING NEW TRUTHS by CHARLOTTE A. TOMAINO, PHD
October 17, 2016 GOD OF LOVE IN A QUANTUM COSMOLOGY by PETER TREMBLAY
October 10, 2016 THE EMERGENCE OF DIVINE LOVE THROUGH HUMAN SUFFERING by PATRICK BELDIO, MFA, PHD
October 3, 2016 WHAT IS GOD? by ILIA DELIO, OSF
September 26, 2016 THE SECOND AXIAL EMERGENCE by MATTHEW WRIGHT
September 19, 2016 FOUR WAYS OF UNDERSTANDING LOVE IN A FRACTURED WORLD by EDWIN E. OLSON, PHD
September 12, 2016 LOVE IS THE ANSWER – WHAT IS THE QUESTION? by CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT
September 5, 2016 LOVE AS THE BRIDGE BETWEEN SCIENCE AND RELIGION by ILIA DELIO, OSF
August 29, 2016 CAN SCIENCE HEAL OUR WORLD? by ILIA DELIO, OSF
August 22, 2016 THE POWER OF LOVE IN AN UNFINISHED WORLD by KATHLEEN DUFFY
August 15, 2016 CO-CREATIVE DIVINIZATION: TOWARDS OMEGA by PETER B. TODD
August 8, 2016 CAN YOU CHOOSE A CONSCIOUSNESS OF LOVE TO LIVE FROM? by CHARLOTTE A. TOMAINO, PHD
August 1, 2016 LOVE AT THE HEART OF THE COSMOS by ILIA DELIO, OSF