In Our Bodies

We've been hearing a lot lately in the news and public discourse about bodies, specifically about black bodies, brown bodies, and white bodies. The news has been difficult to watch. What the news reveals about our society and its values has perhaps been even more difficult for many of us to ingest. In recent years … Continue reading In Our Bodies

Beyond “Thou Shalt Not”

A few weeks ago, when I was feeling particularly worn down by the stresses and sorrows of this pandemic year, I turned to my favorite book of contemporary spirituality, The Discerning Heart, by Wilkie Au and Noreen Cannon Au. In the Introduction, they talk about why they feel spiritual discernment is more important today than … Continue reading Beyond “Thou Shalt Not”

Being, Following, and Seeing Christ: Putting the Pieces Together

For the past three weeks, we've been looking at the three elements of a multi-perspectival, Integral approach to knowing God. We might think of such a model as being like an atlas. It isn't a map of its own, but is a map of maps, a framework that tries to put all the different maps … Continue reading Being, Following, and Seeing Christ: Putting the Pieces Together

The Lilies of the Field: Jesus and the Third-Person Perspective of God

The most recent post in this series, which introduced the third-person perspective of God — meeting God in the awe- and wonder-inspiring web of life — used the prologue of the Gospel according to John as its jumping off point. We saw how over the centuries, Christian mystics and theologians have developed the idea of … Continue reading The Lilies of the Field: Jesus and the Third-Person Perspective of God

Everywhere Present and Filling All Things: Knowing God in Third-Person

Over the past two weeks, we've explored what it means to know God in the second-person, that is relationally and personally, and in the first-person, that is to know and experience God within. This week, we round out this framework with the third-person knowledge of God, which can perhaps best be articulated in the words … Continue reading Everywhere Present and Filling All Things: Knowing God in Third-Person