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.
 – PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN

As you engage with the Omega Center we encourage you to read and apply Ilia Delio’s instruction: READING FOR AN EVOLUTIONARY AGE: OMEGA LECTIO DIVINA.

THE BOUNDLESS BODY OF CHRIST

by Br. Ivan Nicoletto, OSB Cam

With a myriad of terrestrial living beings we are one aspiring flesh, which wants to keep itself alive, which is moved by the same striving for fulfillment and wholeness. With them we share the same hunger and thirst to thrive, to enjoy, to grow, to communicate, and to feel. We are inhabited and moved by desires as the primordial expressions of the flesh of the world. Desire tells us that we are not only propelled by primary needs such as food, housing, clothing, or things we can possess, manage, and define. We are driven by a desire beyond desire that shines in an amazing way in the life of Jesus Christ.
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CHURCH AS AN EVOLVING LIFE-SYSTEM: BOTTOM-UP AS WELL AS TOP-DOWN ORGANIZATION

by Fr. Joe Bracken

Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church” (Mt. 18:16).  Throughout most of its long institutional history, the Roman Catholic Church has prided itself on the stability of its mode of operation.  Decisions by and large have been made from the top-down: from the Pope and Vatican officials to the regional bishop with his staff and finally to the pastor of the local parish and his staff in dealing with individual parishioners. This hierarchically ordered structure of authority guarantees fidelity to Church tradition, a sense of corporate unity here and now, and a stable outlook for the future.
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RECONSTRUCTING WHOLENESS

by ED BACON

Transgender experiences are teaching us a great deal when we have learning hearts. I deeply appreciate the reality that our transgender siblings in the human family share about being “assigned” one binary identity that doesn’t match one’s inner reality. That one profound facet of the transgender journey has helped me understand the “trans” nature of my own theological, spiritual, and religious narrative. Being assigned one identity when your inner reality is quite different also sheds light on why I felt compelled to attend the first Omega Center national conference in Kansas City in July.

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SCHISM OR EVOLUTION?

by ILIA DELIO

Something momentous is happening in our midst. The concerted efforts to oust Pope Francis are deeply tied to the perverted crisis of abuse embedded in ecclesiastical power structures.  While some may spiritually rely on Julian of Norwich’s “all shall be well”, the fact is, all is not well and will not be well unless the Church undergoes a deconstruction of power and authority and a reconstruction along new lines of inclusivity and integrated systems.

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DEATH IN THE CHURCH: IS NEW LIFE AHEAD?

by ILIA DELIO

The recent disclosure of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the extent of depravity reported in the news is symptomatic of a Church in crisis.  It is no longer acceptable for the Pope simply to issue a public apology nor is it sufficient for any group merely to reflect on what has happened by issuing position statements. The Church has a deep structural problem which is entirely bound to ancient metaphysical and philosophical principles, not to mention imperial politics, that at this point require either a radical decision towards a new ecclesial structure or accept the possibility of a major schism. The rock-solid Church has crushed human souls and twisted authority into deceit. The male-dominated Christ center no longer holds and there is simply no solution or comforting words that can placate the extensive damage to fragile human lives that has taken place over the past decades. The evidence of abuse brought to light in the Catholic Church is simply unfathomable.

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Archives

July 12, 2018  TOWARDS A RENEWAL OF THE WHOLE  by ILIA DELIO

June 28, 2018  TEILHARD DE CHARDIN: A BIG THINKER FOR A BIG UNIVERSE  by ILIA DELIO

June 6, 2018   BOUNDARIES, BARK, AND INCARNATION  by MATTHEW WRIGHT

April 21, 2018  CHRIST THE O.I. (ORIGINATING INTELLIGENCE)  by BRIE STONER

April 12, 2018  WHY WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT CHRISTIANITY AS PLANETARY FAITH by ILIA DELIO

March 29, 2018 EASTER MESSAGE: FAITH-SHAKING RESURRECTION by ILIA DELIO

March 23, 2018  A HUNGER FOR WHOLENESS by ILIA DELIO

March 18, 2018  CREATING HARMONY BETWEEN BIBLICAL FAITH AND SCIENCE  an audio interview with DEBORAH HAARSMA

March 7, 2018  BEYOND PATRIARCHY AND GENDER: TOWARDS PERSONHOOD  by ILIA DELIO

February 26, 2018  TOWARDS OMEGA: JET SKIING OR SCUBA DIVING?  by ILIA DELIO

February 11, 2018  FINDING WHOLENESS DEEP WITHIN by EDWIN E. OLSON

January 26, 2018  MINDFULNESS AND DEEP RELATIONALITY  by ILIA DELIO

January 17, 2018  TRANSFORMATION THROUGH MINDFULNESS PRACTICE, an audio interview with AMY EDELSTEIN

January 10, 2018 LOVE IN A FRACTURED WORLD: WHOLENESS IN EDUCATION by AMY EDELSTEIN

December 23, 2017 GOD LOVES TO DO NEW THINGS by ILIA DELIO

December 15, 2017  THE IMAGE OF THE UNSEEN GOD an audio interview with FR. THOMAS E. HOSINSKI

December 7, 2017  INCARNATING THE UNIVERSE: MATTER MATTERS TO GOD by ILIA DELIO

November 22, 2017  EXPANDING OUR VIEW OF INCARNATION an audio interview with DIARMUID O’MURCHU

November 6. 2017  INCARNATION AS EMBODIMENT OF SPIRIT by DIARMUID O’MURCHU

October 16, 2017 A REPLY TO RICHARD ROHR ON THE COSMIC CHRIST by ILIA DELIO

October 11, 2017  REDISCOVERING THE UNIVERSAL CHRIST an audio interview with Fr. Richard Rohr

October 4, 2017   THE COSMIC CHRIST  by FR. RICHARD ROHR

September 25, 2017  A RESPONSE TO JOHN HAUGHT’S “A NEW COSMIC STORY”  by ILIA DELIO

September 19, 2017  AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN F. HAUGHT an audio interview with JOHN F HAUGHT

September 5, 2017 THE NEW COSMIC STORY by JOHN F HAUGHT

August 29, 2017  GOD AS MYSTERY by ILIA DELIO

August 17, 2017  DESPITE THE NEWS, WE BELONG TO ONE ANOTHER by ILIA DELIO

July 24, 2017  CREATING AN INTERIOR UNIVERSE an audio interview with ILIA DELIO

July 20, 2017  WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LIVE IN EVOLUTION? by ILIA DELIO

July 7, 2017   FINDING OUR WAY IN AN EVOLUTIONARY WORLD by ILIA DELIO

June 21, 2017  THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF SUFFERING by PAMELA BEGEMAN AND MARY ANNE BEST

May 30, 2017  SUFFERING AND LOVE IN TEILHARD’S SPIRITUALITY by LOUIS M. SAVARY

May 15, 2017  TEACHING TEILHARDIAN HOPE IN HONG KONG  by MARTY SCHMIDT

May 2, 2017  TEILHARD FOR TROUBLED TIMES – Part 3  by CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT

April 17, 2017  TEILHARD FOR TROUBLED TIMES – Part 2  by CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT

April 3, 2017  TEILHARD FOR TROUBLED TIMES – Part 1  by CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT

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 an 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 audio 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 audio 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 audio 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