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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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.
Our friends at Contemplative Light are offering Contemplative Practices. This course examines in-depth traditional practices of the Christian mystics, including: The Examen, Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, The Jesus Prayer and Christian Meditation.
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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