Recover Christianity’s Mystic Roots 2 03-18-2018

RCMR (Recover Christianity’s Mystic Roots) is rooted in the Bible and Jesus. We simply take a more mystical angle on both. Instead of a hard line literal approach to the Bible, we prefer the personal/metaphorical approach (what is this sacred text saying to me personally today?) This approach is mixed with acknowledgment of the authenticity of the Gospels.

The approach of the Alexandrian Mystics (Alexandrian Fathers) is primarily about the incarnation, communion with God in prayer, and solidarity with humanity in service. From RCMR’s perspective Jesus saves us from alienation from God, alienation from our true selves, from binary dualistic “us and them” thinking, and from violence, injustice, and hatred. This is Jesus’ primary saving activity, which continues to this day. This leads us to a deep conviction expressed well by Brian Zahnd: “Jesus was trying to lead humanity into the deep truth that there is no ‘them,’ there is only us.”

After the above sentences, some of my friends and colleagues have pressed further and asked, “Okay can you distill this down to one or two sentences?” At that point I say, “In the depths of consistent silent prayer we discover a transforming ‘Loving Presence.’ Jesus exquisitely translates and mediates this Presence for us.”

 

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Enjoy Rich’s post, How I Use My Prayer Bracelet.

Be sure to check out Nicholas Amato’s second book, Moving from Stress to Joy.

Be sure to check out Diana Butler Bass’ newest book, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks

The Way of the Wisdom Jesus: Going Beyond the Mind to the Heart of His Teaching – If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. In this online course, Episcopal priest, teacher, and retreat and conference leader Cynthia Bourgeault serves as a masterful guide to Jesus’s vision and to the traditional contemplative practices you can use to experience the heart of his teaching for yourself.  Based upon her book the Wisdom Jesus.

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.

Simply Good News 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.

The Power of the Jesus Prayer: Learn a method practiced by Christian mystics for centuries to consent to the action and presence of God within.

Contemplative Practices: 5 Ways of Consenting to the Divine:  Learn methods practiced by Christian mystics for centuries to consent to the action and presence of God within, including Centering Prayer, The Examen, Lectio Divina, Christian Meditation, and the Jesus Prayer.