Facing Humanity's Shadow and Awakening the Mystic and Prophet in All of Us
We are living Genesis days, days where we are creating a new world in the face of deep crisis. The resurgence of Covid, extreme climate change events, and deep political divides call us to a new consciousness. Gratefully we have and have had wise ones among us who offer wisdom for this age.
In this two-hour online recording hear from Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes, former president of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and teacher at the Center for Action and Contemplation, and Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox, spiritual theologian, Episcopal priest, and activist for gender justice and eco-justice.
Together they explore the wisdom of the mystic traditions. Dr. Holmes focuses on the everyday mysticism of African American spiritual communities particularly through the voices of Howard Thurman, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas and Gullah culture, along with the wisdom of shamanic practitioners and native ancestral teachers. These mystics show us that, in Barbara's words, "we have to keep secrets in order to practice theology in the mainstream. There are many things we know, many practices, but we can't talk about them." Now is the time to talk about them, to bring them forward, as we create a more sustainable. just and generous world together.
Matthew shares the creation spiritual mystic tradition as found in Mary Oliver and Thomas Aquinas. This spiritual vision and ancient lineage can deepen our commitment to saving the Earth as we know her and humanity and is found in the wisdom tradition of Israel and Jesus as well as indigenous peoples everywhere.