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.

BOUNDARIES, BARK, AND INCARNATION

by MATTHEW WRIGHT

The boundaries are gone.  We may not have all realized it yet, but they’ve dissolved right in front of us.  Certainly, many of us—maybe most of us—are playing as if the old lines were still there, fighting to honor our past divisions.  But the truth is, they’re gone.  As Brie Stoner pointed out in her last blog post, for those of us who grew up with the internet—that is, who grew up watching the internet grow up—the old lines just don’t make sense anymore.

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CHRIST THE O.I. (ORIGINATING INTELLIGENCE)

by BRIE STONER

I’d like to build on Ilia’s latest blog describing the need for Christianity to become a planetary faith. But first: let me share a little about myself and why this, the cause of the Universal Christ, is of such great import to me.

I am on the older first wave of millennials. Born in 1982, I grew up with the advent of the internet, and barely am able to recall a reality in which computers did not exist in the home. My childhood occurred overseas while my parents faithfully served as Baptist missionaries to Catholic Spain.

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WHY WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT CHRISTIANITY AS PLANETARY FAITH

by ILIA DELIO

Several weeks ago I met my first real Teilhard opponent. She was a religion scholar from Indiana University and was quite adamant that Teilhard was a naïve optimist with a radical anthropocentrism.  His vision, she claimed, was ultimately harmful to  a committed ecological presence.  I was a bit shocked by the gross misinterpretation of Teilhard and though I tried to offer a more balanced understanding of his vision, she was clearly opposed to it. She had her own narrative on ecological wholeness and Teilhard simply did not fit in.  And then it dawned on me.  We are living together with a multiplicity of narratives, side by side, sharing conference space and coffee cups, assuming that the next person sees the world as I do, until we start to talk.

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EASTER MESSAGE: FAITH-SHAKING RESURRECTION

by ILIA DELIO

The celebration of Easter marks the most incredible event in this history of the cosmos summed up in a brief acclamation:  “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.”   Jesus rises from the dead and returns to empower his disciples with a new energy and a new direction:  Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News (Mark 16:15).  What is the power of the risen Christ in an evolutionary universe?   What does this power mean for the human community, the earth, and the universe itself?

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A HUNGER FOR WHOLENESS

by ILIA DELIO

We have the capacity to wrap the Earth with a new man­tle of compassionate love and peace. But do we have the vision? Can we imagine a new world rising up from the ashes of the old? Teilhard’s vision of planetization and ultra­humanism is not a naïve optimism; it is born out of suffering love, a conviction that God is in the midst of our darkness, and that divine light is shining through the unknown of our fears. God will not tell us what to become but God asks us, What do you want to become?

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Archives

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