Distinguishing between the (male) Jesus of history and the theologically contested figure of the Christ, feminist and other liberation theologians have brought new insights to Christology.Read More
Early morning rising,
while men sleep, women rise,
waking, wondering, weeping:
the human one, the son of a woman who lived like a son of God is dead.
At Spirituality Liverpool we appreciate the power of music and its role in sacred practices including worship, chant, awakening and healing through sound. Jazz is just one of the genres of music that can hold and convey the sacred dimension is especially interesting because of its degrees of spontaneity and improvisation.
There is a new dream or vision of the earth emerging; the late Thomas Berry, eco-theologian, called it ‘The Dream of the Earth’. Desmond Tutu calls it ‘The dream of God’.Read More
This year I’ve spent a bit of time wondering what I really understand of the Nativity story.
There’s so much about it that I love: the traditional Christmas music, the children’s Nativity plays, the delight in lights and sparkling decorations in a time of darkness.Read More
Meditation is a simple but profound spiritual practice that sits alongside worship and prayer as one of three core spiritual practices.
Because it is simple I will state it simply before describing my own approach to meditation in more detail.
- Come with the intention to be open to the Infinite (to God or the life-energy of the universe)
- Sit alert and comfortable
- Rest in the Infinite
- Let everything be as it is
- Allow thoughts and sensations to pass through without judgement or attention; just be the awareness or the witness.
- Start with 5-10 mins daily; 20 minutes twice daily is ideal
To 'discern' means to seek to discover what God wants you to do.
St. Ignatius of Loyola (the founder of the Roman Catholic order called the Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuits) offers guidelines for discernment to help you discover what God is calling you to do in the big and small decisions of your life that can be extremely helpful.Read More
In this short paper I want to describe spiritual awakening as a life-long process.
Sometimes we describe spiritual awakening as an experience. These are spiritual experiences that most people have in various ways and forms that often include a sense of awe and wonder, connection, oneness, profound love, joy and an awareness that there is a loving compassionate creative Presence that fills the universe.Read More
There are many spiritual practices that are able to support us in life. One of them is fasting.
Fasting as a spiritual practice is the voluntary intentional abstaining from food and sometimes fluids for a limited period of time for spiritual purposes.Read More
In this paper I want to describe the three faces of God: the three main ways that human beings have come to understand and experience the Mystery we call God, across the whole range of religious traditions and throughout history.
This way of thinking about God was first suggested by Ken Wilber, the American independent scholar and author, in his book Integral Spirituality in 2006. Paul Smith in his book Integral Christianity developed this further and described the three faces of God as Infinite, intimate and Inner.Read More
I am very interested in the subject of worship. I find that worship, especially through music and song, is a very powerful spiritual practice which sustains me.
As an expression of this I offer ‘Spirit and Song’ at St Bride’s – an opportunity to enter worship as a spiritual practice through short contemporary worship songs and chants.Read More
We live our lives within stories or narratives. The story of our family and birth, our upbringing and educations, our relationships and loves, our interests and work, our religion and culture.
We easily get caught up with a way of understanding the world, a story of the world for us, that has us at its centre. And there are lots of sub-plots that may influence how we think and feel and what we do, based on our understanding of the stories and our role in them. “I am like this, I am like that, I can do this, I can’t do that. I know from my past experience what might happen, I worry about what this might mean for the future.”Read More
We live in a time of growing awareness of the danger and unsustainability of continuing hostility among people, economic greed leading to inequality and misuse of the finite resources of the earth. Christ Consciousness calls us to a new way of life that connects us to all people, all species and the earth itself through an awareness and direct experience of the underlying Reality that gives rise to all things – a reality we call ‘God’ as we struggle for a language to describe this Mystery.Read More
An important component of the spiritual journey is self-inquiry or self-reflection.
Spirituality invites us to a continuing journey of self-fulfilment and self-transformation so that we become increasingly whole as human beings in the sense of understanding more about ourselves and our place in the world and also able to experience ourselves fully, beyond the constraints of history, personality and trauma.Read More
Spirituality is everywhere; you can’t avoid it but you may not notice it.
The doorway to spirituality is to become spiritually aware or awake. This can happen in various ways and take many forms according to circumstances, background, culture or religion. To wake up and become spiritually aware is not to leave behind ordinary life but to see the wonder, meaning, mystery, creativity and compassion in it. To wake up and become spiritually aware is not to set aside the necessities of life but to see them infused with that which can be named in many ways – God, Presence, creative energy, evolutionary impulse – and to make an intentional choice to align one’s life towards that reality for the good of all.Read More