Twenty-first Century Anchor for Progressive and Contemplative Christianity 10-24-2017

Progressive Christianity celebrates diversity, but there needs to be unity within the diversity. Otherwise, we risk a fractured tradition. Diversity is wonderful. It’s what makes progressive Christianity compelling and vital. Yet, that diversity needs an anchor.

Jesus’ person as understood by The Alexandrian Mystics (Alexandrian Fathers) is our twenty-first century anchor for contemplative and progressive Christianity. The anchor’s rope is long enough to plumb the pluralistic twenty-first century ocean. The anchor’s rope is thick enough to weather postmodern storms.

Jesus according to the Alexandrian Mystics (The Jesus Paradox) is our mystical legacy. It’s our heritage passed down through centuries of clerics, monks, monastic orders, and Oriental Orthodox tradition, dating back to the third century. It is Christianity’s mystic root, which has the power to heal the divide and cure our disintegration!


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Contemplative Light Course – The Divine Transformation:  Essentials of Christian Mysticism – Welcome to an introductory course on both practice and perspectives of timeless teachings from the Christian Mystical and Contemplative traditions! Whether you are a long-time practitioner looking to solidify your understanding and framework for practice or a beginner interested in immersing yourself in this teaching, this course can serve as a rich resource.

This course is a short course based on Prof. N.T. Wright’s latest book, Simply Good News. Tom Wright will guide you through the chapters of his book through videos that suggest what some of the main points are. You will instantly get into the heart of the idea of ‘good news’ as it was understood by the 1st Century writers of the New Testament. You will be brought into their world in order to make more sense of what ‘good news’ means in our world. Enjoy a short post by Rich based upon this book.

In this course Simply Jesus, students will be immersed in the 1st Century A.D. context of the life, work, teachings, and actions of Jesus of Nazareth. The goal of the course is to look at the story of Jesus from the perspective of a historian. It is based upon N. T. Wright’s book, Simply JesusEnjoy a short post by Rich on one of the topics in this course.

David Frenette’s book The Path of Centering Prayer reenergized the Centering Prayer tradition with its fresh insights and teachings.  Centering Prayer Meditations: Effortless Contemplation to Deepen Your Experience of God is a wonderful companion audio program  created to be equally rewarding as a stand-alone guide – gives listeners an immersive resource to learn contemplative prayer, step by step and in the moment. With clarity and compassionate presence, Frenette explains the essential principles of this contemplative practice for both new and seasoned practitioners, and then guides us experientially through core prayers and meditations.

Prayer is a core Christian practice, but for many, this means “saying prayers” or asking God for various favors. In this course, we will review a variety of methods of prayer that have been used for centuries in Christianity. Whether you’re a beginner who is just learning how to pray, or a more mature Christian who has been at it awhile, this course will offer specific guidance, encouragement and support for practicing several time-tested methods of prayer.  Enjoy a review of this course by Rich.

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