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Seeing with New Eyes: The Universe Story - God's Kin-dom Coming

A Spiritual Dialogue with Contemporary Ideas

Monday evenings, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

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The scientific discoveries of the past 150 years have radically changed our view of the world.  These six classes will explore how the New Universe story (from the vast cosmos to the tiny energies within the atom) influences our adapting ideas of God, Jesus, Church, and spirituality.  How can these evolving concepts within science and religion be meaningful to contemporary people, open up vast possibilities for wonder, and provide a strong foundation for a more just, ecologically healthy and unified world? Join the dialogue and see what emerges!  

I.               April 9, 2018 - Science and Religion:  New Possibilities 

II.              April 16, 2018 - Evolving Images of God 

III.            April 23, 2018 - The Becoming of Christ

IV.            April 30, 2018 - Church as a Christ-Light Community

V.              May 7, 2018 - Integrating Christian Spirituality with Global Wisdom

VI.            May 14, 2018 - Spirituality and Social Justice

$75.00 for the series or $15 per session

Facilitated by Anita Wood, M. Ed. In Religious Education, former a Catholic and public school educator and Director of Religious Education at St. Ann’s, Wilmington; currently, Spiritual Director and Retreat Leader, as well as Doctor of Ministry student at Lancaster Theological Seminary

Session Details below: 

I.                Science and Religion – New Possibilities

Based on:

  • The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos:  Humanity and the New Story (Brian Swimme)
  • God’s Ecstasy: The Creation of a Self-Creating World (Beatrice Bruteau)
  • Science and Religion: From Conflict to Conversation (John Haught)
  • Pascal’s Fire: Scientific Faith and Religious Understanding (Keith Ward)
  • Radical Amazement: Contemplating Lessons from Black Holes, Supernovas and Other Wonders of the Universe (Judy Cannato)
  • Awe-Filled Wonder: The Interface of Science and Spirituality (Barbara Fiand)

II.              Evolving Images of God

Based on:

  • Evolutionary Faith: Rediscovering God in Our Great Story (Diarmuid O’Murchu)
  • The Experience of God: Icons of the Mystery (Raimon Panikkar)
  • Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God (Elizabeth A. Johnson)
  • How Big Is Your God?  The Freedom to Experience the Divine (Paul Coutinho, SJ)
  • God At 2000 (Ed. Marcus Borg and Ross MacKenzie)
  • The God of Evolution: A Trinitarian Theology (Denis Edwards)

III.            The Becoming of Christ

Based on:

  • Jesus Today: A Spirituality of Radical Freedom (Albert Nolan)
  • Jesus’ Abba:  The God Who Has Not Failed (John Cobb)
  • Jesus and Creativity (Gordon D. Kaufman)
  • The Human Being: Jesus and the Enigma of the Son of Man (Walter Wink)
  • Christ in Evolution (Ilia Delio)
  • The Wisdom Jesus (Cynthia Bourgeault)

IV.            Church as a Christ-Light Community

Based on:

  • The Holy Web: Church and the New Universe Story (Cletus Wessels)
  • The Emerging Christian Way: Thoughts, Stories and Wisdom for a Faith of Transformation (compilation)
  • When Catholic Means Cosmic: Opening to a Big-Hearted Faith (David Richo)
  • Toward a New Catholic Church (James Carroll)
  • The Secret Message of Jesus: Uncovering the Truth that Could Change Everything (Brian McLaren)
  • Tomorrow’s Catholic: Understanding God and Jesus in a New Millennium (Michael Morwood)

V.              Integrating Christian Spirituality with Global Wisdom

Based on:

  • Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Living (compilation)
  • The Search for Spirituality: Our Global Quest for a Spiritual Life (Ursula King)
  • Living in the New Consciousness (Hugo Enomiya-Lassalle)
  • Field of Compassion: How the New Cosmology Is Transforming Spiritual Life (Judy Cannato)
  • Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges (C. Otto Scharmer)
  • The Grand Option: Personal Transformation and a New Creation (Beatrice Bruteau)
  • Integral Spirituality: A Startling New Role for Religion in the Modern and Postmodern World (Ken Wilbur)

VI.            Spirituality and Social Justice

Based on:

  • Engaged Spirituality: Faith Life in the Heart of the Empire (Joseph Nangle, O.F.M.)
  • The Body of God: An Ecological Theology (Sallie McFague)
  • Religion in Exile: A Spiritual Homecoming (Diarmuid O’Murchu)
  • From Teilhard to Omega:  Co-creating an Unfinished Universe (Ilia Delio, ed.)
  • Proclaim Jubilee!  A Spirituality for the Twenty-First Century (Maria Harris)
  • Hope in an Age of Despair (Albert Nolan)

You can sign up for the 6-session series, or for an individual session or multiple sessions.  To sign up for more than one session, select the session of interest and click "Add to Cart". When you go to the "Add to Cart" page, just click "Continue Shopping" to select the next session you want to add. 

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