DSCN7184The Mirror Walk

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The class, “Creation Spirituality,”
cast within a retreat setting,
gave seminarians
from Philips Theological Seminary
(my alma mater)
the opportunity to explore
the thought of Judy Cannato,
and the teachings of Thomas Berry
around the critical idea
that the whole planet is One—
one living organism,
one system in which humans
are interdependent with all of creation.
Creation as evolutionary process—
and what that means for spirituality,
theology,
ministry.

Thomas Berry, who I read my last semester
at PTS, urges—in his little book,
Creative Energy. Bearing Witness for the Earth—
seminaries to move beyond
a curriculum of redemption:

Such a situation cannot long endure…since a new sense of the earth and its revelatory import is arising in the believing community. The earth will not be ignored, nor will it long endure being despised, neglected, or mistreated. The dynamics of creation are demanding attention once more…

Every being has its own interior, its self, its mystery, its numinous aspect. To deprive any being of this sacred quality is to disrupt the larger order of the universe. Reverence will be total or it will not be at all.

 

PTS seminarians are familiar
with the discomfort
of asking the hard questions,
exploring the edges of belief.
And so they engaged,
deeply,
with nature,
with each other,
with the frontiers of cosmic spirituality.

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The Cosmic Walk

It was a great time
of exploring,
sharing,
challenge;
a great time
in sacred community.

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Seventh Generation Exercise

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Who knows where it will lead.
My hope: Toward conscious awareness
of life on Earth as one living,
cosmic,
needless to say, spiritual,
community
in which we all continue
to figure out how to live
so that all can be held
in reverence.

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Thank you all!