About Our Influences

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Primary Historic Influences

Tier 1

  • Jesus and the Canonical Gospels
  • The Bible | Eugene Peterson’s Message Translation
  • The Alexandrian Mystics (Alexandrian Fathers) | Athanasius & Cyril
  • The Desert Mothers and Fathers | St. Anthony of Egypt
  • The Philokalia | Maximos The Confessor
  • Hesychasm | Gregory Palamas
  • Oriental Orthodox Tradition | Jesus Paradox (Miaphysite Theology)
  • Deification | Partakers of the Divine Nature edited by Christensen and Wittung
  • Christian Non-dual Theology | Trinity (Cappadocian Fathers) & Jesus Paradox (Miaphysite)
  • Nature Mystics | St. Francis, St. Patrick, The Celts, John Muir, Annie Dillard, Mary Oliver
  • The Divine Names and Mystical Theology | Denys
  • George Fox
  • The Cloud of Unknowing
  • The Peace Churches (Mennonite, Quaker, and Brethren)
  • Lady Julian of Norwich
  • Thomas Merton
  • Prominence of Mary, the Mother of Jesus
  • Prominence of Mary Magdalene
  • Teresa of Avila | Interior Castle
  • Jungian Psychology | Subconscious, Archetypes, Shadow Psychology, Dream Analysis
  • Gospels based on Eyewitnesses | Eye Witness to Jesus by Theide & d’Ancona, Jesus & the Eyewitnesses by Bauckham

 

Tier 2

  • St. Paul | Philippians
  • The Early Church | The Didache
  • The Hebrew Scriptures | The Prophets
  • Marriage of the Soul to God (Bridal Theology, Mystical Marriage)| The Song of Songs
  • The Gospel of Thomas (Contemporary scholars resist calling this a Gnostic test. It is independent and dissimilar from known Gnostic writings)
  • Basilian Monasticism
  • Miscellaneous Patristic Sources | The Roots of Christian Mysticism by Oliver Clement
  • Hildegard of Bingen
  • Franciscan Catholicism | John Duns Scotus & Bonaventure
  • Seraphim of Sarov
  • Eastern Orthodox Tradition | Kallistos Ware
  • Quaker Mystics | Rufus M. Jones & Thomas R. Kelly
  • John of the Cross
  • Rhineland Mystics | Meister Eckhart & Johannes Tauler
  • The Sacrament of the Present Moment | Jean-Pierre de Caussade
  • Benedictine Monasticism
  • Henry David Thoreau | Walden
  • The Shakers
  • Bridget of Kildare
  • The Beguines and Beghards
  • The Bruderhof
  • German Quietism
  • Koinonia Farm | Clarence Jordan
  • Brethren of the Common Life
  • Mainline Protestantism
  • Indian Nonviolent Struggle for Independence | Gandhi
  • The Catholic Worker Movement | Dorothy Day
  • The Civil Rights Movement | Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Historical Jesus Studies | Marcus Borg
  • Anthony de Mello
  • Evelyn Underhill
  • William Johnston
  • Basil Pennington
  • Johann Sabastian Bach | Organ Works
  • The Raven Foundation | Renee Girard
  • Bernard McGinn | The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism

 


Primary Contemporary Influences

Tier 1

  • The Center for Action and Contemplation | Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, James Finley
  • Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism | Phileena & Chris Heuertz
  • Contemplative Outreach | Thomas Keating
  • The World Community for Christian Meditation | Laurence Freeman
  • Wilderness | U.S. National Parks
  • The United Church of Christ (UCC)
  • Process Theology | Al Whitehead, John Cobb
  • Bowen Family Systems | Bowen, Friedman, and Steinke
  • The Environmental Movement | The Environmental Defense Fund
  • Nonviolence | Amnesty International
  • Nonviolent Revolutions of the last 20 years (i.e. Eastern Bloc Countries, Ecuador, Philippines, and the Dominican Republic)
  • The Center for Progressive Christianity
  • The Shalem Institute | Gerald May, Tilden Edwards
  • Hospice Work
  • The World Council of Churches

 

Tier 2

  • Incarnational Contemplation | David Frenette
  • The Simple Way | Shane Claiborne
  • Red Letter Christians
  • Carl McColman
  • J. Brent Bill
  • Kathleen Norris
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock Gospel Ensemble
  • Songs of Taize
  • Chants of the Benedictine Monks of Santa Domingo De Silos
  • John Philip Newell
  • Parker J. Palmer
  • Walter Wink
  • Richard Foster
  • Renovare Spiritual Streams | Dallas Willard
  • The Twelve-step Program
  • Spiritual Direction | The Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction
  • Barbara Brown Taylor
  • Abbey of the Arts | Christine Valters Paintner
  • Spiral Dynamics | Ken Wilber
  • Buddhist/Christian Dialogue | Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Joan Chittister
  • William Meninger
  • Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
  • Francis Chan
  • John Michael Talbot
  • The Work Of The People | Travis Reed

These lists are not comprehensive. They are the primary threads that have influenced and are influencing RCMR (not necessarily everyone on the RCMR team).

After reading these sources one might get the false impression that RCMR is about reading. It’s not. It’s primarily about the daily discipline of centering prayer and cultivating actual experience. That living experience most essentially recovers Christianity’s mystic roots.