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.

TEILHARD DE CHARDIN AND THE THREE FACES OF GOD

by PAUL SMITH

I offer Teilhard’s evolved Three Faces of God for your own understanding and spiritual practice in whatever forms fit for you. I especially encourage my postmodern readers to not lose Jesus in the glory of the Cosmic Christ or dismiss a personal friendship with the spiritual presence of the Risen Jesus. Christianity was born out of friendship with Jesus, first in his historical physical body with a few others, and now in his risen spiritual body with all who would enter that transforming friendship. We need a God that is big enough for our minds, close enough for our hearts, and us enough for our deepest identification.

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OMEGA CONFERENCE: TOWARDS A PLANETARY FAITH

by ILIA DELIO

I just returned from a wonderful five-day retreat at San Alfonso Retreat House in Long Branch New Jersey. It is always a special time of the year because it is a “Sisters Retreat,” that is, a retreat especially designed for religious women, replete with adoration, daily Mass and morning and evening prayer.  Basically the retreat follows the daily convent schedule: Matins, Vespers, Mass and afternoon adoration.  This year the theme was “Living from the Heart” and the 137 Sisters gathered from various congregations reflected on the spiritual meaning of the heart.

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TOWARDS A RENEWAL OF THE WHOLE

by ILIA DELIO

We are living on a fragile planet right now. The forces of resistance are felt all around us as we seek to hold on to our personal wealth, privileged security, political freedom and religious beliefs.  But the structures that gave rise to these systems are giving way to something new, a type of interconnectedness that is less bounded, more open, informationally-driven and global in scope. Teilhard de Chardin envisioned a new paradigm at the dawn of the twentieth century and framed the new paradigm along the lines of evolution.

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TEILHARD DE CHARDIN: A BIG THINKER FOR A BIG UNIVERSE

by ILIA DELIO

Teilhard was such a broad, integrated thinker that you either see the economy of  the whole of his thought or none of it. Like the early Greek Fathers, he developed a cosmic Christology based on natural philosophy (science), Scripture (especially the writings of St. Paul) and faith in Jesus Christ.  His theological vision emerged out of a deep, prayerful reflection on the dynamic relationship of God and world with an understanding of evolution beyond Darwinian natural selection.  According to Teilhard, evolution and creation, cosmos and the history of salvation are not contrasts but complementary aspects of the one process of reality.

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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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Archives

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