Here’s a fascinating conversation (21 mins 16 sec / Published 25/06/13) between Richard Rohr OFM and Tilden Edwards (founder of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and the 1979 published classic Spiritual Friend: Reclaiming The Gift of Spiritual Direction). The conversation is facilitated by Carole Crumley. They reflect on how the understanding and practice of contemplation has changed and developed over the last 40-years.
Part 2 of this conversation tomorrow.
"YOU JUST HAVE TO KEEP BATTLING AWAY AT IT, FOLLOW YOUR PASSION. IF ART IS WHAT YOU ARE DRAWN TO, JUST KEEP WORKING AT IT; FOLLOW WHAT YOUR HEART TELLS YOU."
~ Shane Cotton.
Curator Justin Paton and artist Shane Cotton discuss the body of work that makes up the exhibition “The Hanging Sky”. From Arts on Sunday on 16 Jun 2013
Regent College, a Post-Graduate Studies campus in Vancouver has several
free audio downloads on their website:
Susan Phillips (previous featuring on this blog in 2010) talks on Finding Direction in Spiritual Direction.
Susan is a trained spiritual director and sees individuals for spiritual
direction, teaches and writes in the field, serves as supervisor for spiritual
directors. Phillips sits on the Board of Governors at Regent College and on the
editorial boards of Radix and Presence magazines, and the journal Reflective Practice. Her most recent
book is Candlelight: Illuminating the
Art of Spiritual Direction.
Reformed Evangelical Anglican
JI. Packer talks around the theme of “Knowing
and Knowing Self”. After the weekend just gone I was reminded again
about the importance of mind (intellect) and heart (experience / orthopathy).
What we believe needs intellectual content and shape. What and how we believe
informs our praxis; informs who and how we are as persons individually and relationally.
I noticed a distinct movement toward experience. We want to experience the
numinous; we want to experience what / who we might name as “God”, but
oftentimes I notice the theological / intellectual content that frames our
experience is poor.
There are other free audio
downloads, but these two stuck out for me for a whole range of reasons.
For a time, you’ll find them here. Both talks are just over 1-hour in duration.
“…Can we only speak when we are fully living what we are saying?
If all our words had to cover all our actions, we would be doomed to permanent
silence! Sometimes we are called to proclaim God's love even when we are
not yet fully able to live it. Does that mean we are hypocrites?
Only when our own words no longer call us to conversion. Nobody
completely lives up to his or her own ideals and visions. But by
proclaiming our ideals and visions with great conviction and great humility, we
may gradually grow into the truth we speak. As long as we know that our
lives always will speak louder than our words, we can trust that our words will
Lion’s World: A Journey Into the Heart of Narnia by
Rowan Williams (pub. 2012) began as his annual Holy Week Lectures at Canterbury
Cathedral. They were delivered in 2011 and I delighted, at the time, in
listening to all three. His annual “Holy Week” lectures were a real treat.
There was so much about these lectures that I valued,
in all three cases I listened more than once to each lecture. Now, in an
expanded form, they’ve been published under the title noted above – a small
format (cf. Williams’ Writing in the Dust),
very readable book, published as a hardcover (+ Kindle edition) in the USA
(OUP) and a paperback in the UK (SPCK).
The Englewood Review of Books recently reviewed the US
edition. Here’s the closing paragraph of the review.
“…Rowan Williams does an amazing job of exploring the depths of Narnia
and unpacking the story the Lewis uses us to teach children and adults about
the Christian story. In his conclusion, Williams rightly surmises, “The reader
is brought to Narnia for a little in order to know Aslan better in this world”
(144). There is so much more that could be said about this book, but if you
love Narnia and want to explore the depths even more, I would highly encourage
you to read this book. Although at times Williams speaks on an academic level
about Narnia, the message of Rowan Williams’ The Lion’s World is clear and will
benefit anyone who loves the Chronicles of Narnia. After reading The Lion’s
World, I want to go and experience the world of Narnia all over again.”
One of the interesting dimensions of film watching is the way in which music from the 80’s is currently being woven into so many soundtracks. Here's Alphaville in 1984 and again around 2011. I like the juxtaposition.
First time I heard this I was in London.
“…How can we choose love when we have experienced so little of
it? We choose love by taking small steps of love every time there is an
opportunity. A smile, a handshake, a word of encouragement, a phone call,
a card, an embrace, a kind greeting, a gesture of support, a moment of
attention, a helping hand, a present, a financial contribution, a visit
... all these are little steps toward love. Each step is like a
candle burning in the night. It does not take the darkness away, but it
guides us through the darkness. When we look back after many small steps
of love, we will discover that we have made a long and beautiful journey…”
Australian Broadcasting Corporation's radio show Encounter recently focused on the
subject of vulnerability. Here’s the
“promo” for the show:
“Dr Brene Brown spent years trying
to outrun or outsmart vulnerability – until her research revealed that
vulnerability, not strength, lies at the root of courage. This week on
Encounter, we lean into the discomfort of vulnerability, and find that far from
being a weakness, vulnerability is the birthplace of belonging, love, empathy,
joy, creativity, and other experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our
Brown has featured on this blog
before, and in one sense there’s nothing new in the content of this episode of Encounter. However, Brown’s insights are
enriched by other guests: Thomas E.
Reynolds, Pia Hirsch, Leslie Reid, Carol Haytor, and Rachel Walles.
“…Jesus is deeply connected to the earth on which he walks. He observes
the forces of nature, learns from them, teaches about them, and reveals that
the God of Creation is the same God who sent him to give good news to the poor,
sight to the blind, and freedom to the prisoners. He walks from village to
village, sometimes alone and sometimes with others; as he walks, he meets the
poor, the beggars, the blind, the sick, the mourners, and those who have lost
hope. He listens attentively to those with whom he walks, and he speaks to them
with the authority of a true companion on the road. He remains very close to
the ground. If I am to follow Jesus, then I, too, must remain close to
the soil. Often I look up into the clouds and daydream about a better world.
But my dreams will never bear fruit unless I keep turning my eyes again and
again back to the dust of this earth and listening to what God is saying to me
on the road of life. For I am connected to the earth and to all who walk the
earth with me. Nature is not the background to our lives; it is a living gift
that teaches us about the ways and will of the Creator…”