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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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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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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