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Christian Mysticism And Contemplation

Dave Andrews Parker Palmer, the Quaker community worker says: ‘contemporary images of spirituality tend to value the inward search over the outward act, silence over sound, solitude over interaction, quietude over engagement and struggle.’[i] Palmer says ‘if one is called to the world of action, the(se) images can disenfranchise the soul, for they tend to […]

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The Ethos Of Christian Mysticism

Dave Andrews Practising compassion, like Christ, involves developing an ‘ethos’ that is strong but gentle with people. An ‘ethos’ that is strong but gentle with people is not characterised by power that is exercised over people, but by power that people exercise over themselves. An ‘ethos’ that is strong but gentle with people is an […]

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The Logos Of Christian Mysticism

Dave Andrews Our word ‘compassion’ comes from ‘com’ meaning ‘with’, and ‘passion‘ meaning ‘suffering’; so to practise ‘com-passion’ actually means ‘being willing to share in the suffering of others with others.’ John describes Jesus as the ‘logos’ – or the final word – in any discussion about compassion. Paul writes: ‘You should have exactly the […]

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The Pathos Of Christian Mysticism

Dave Andrews The heart of Christian mysticism is compassion. Jesus does not talk of God as ‘Yahweh’ or ‘Adonai’ – but as ‘Abba’ – or ‘Papa’. Some of us may have been abused by an earthly ‘Papa’ and may find it easier to relate to God as our heavenly ‘Mama’ rather than our heavenly ‘Papa’. […]

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Christian Mystic Community Work

Dave Andrews   A ‘mystikos’ was originally an initiate of a mystery religion. ‘The present meaning of the term mysticism is as a metaphor for the “initiation” to spiritual experiences—and is the pursuit of communion with and consciousness of an ultimate reality, spiritual truth, or supreme being through direct experience, intuition, instinct or insight. Mysticism […]

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Special 10th Anniversary Edition of Compassionate Community Work!

  Over the last thirty years I have published twenty books. (See the list in be.inspired). Just recently Piquant decided to publish a special tenth anniversary edition of the best-selling Compassionate Community Work. (See the link below). Well known Australian broadcaster and commentator, David Busch, says Compassionate Community Work ‘is a dangerous book. It looks […]

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Sacred Communities – Back To The Future?

Excerpt from a letter from Mathetos to Diognetus (Nn. 5-6 – Edited) AD130 ? 5 (The sacred community) cannot be distinguished from the rest of the human race by country or language or customs.  2They do not live in cities of their own; they do not use a peculiar form of speech; they do not follow an […]

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Future Shape Of Sacred Communities? 5

Dave Andrews  Another factor that will shape sacred communities in the future is Transformation Jesus said that: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.’ (Matt 13.33) For the purposes of our discussion, I’d like to suggest we see […]

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Future Shape Of Sacred Communities? 4

Dave Andrews Another factor that will shape sacred communities in the future is Incorporation Too often the structures of sacred communities reflect and reinforce the dominant and dominating top-down constructs of society that ‘quench’ the Spirit (1Thess.5.19) and contain any spirited bottom-up quest for self-control. But Jesus sent his disciples out ‘two by two’, to look […]

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Future Shape Of Sacred Communities? 3

Dave Andrews Another factor that will shape sacred communities in the future is Inspiration Jesus says that sacred communities can only be true to their vocation through being open and responsive to the inspiration of the Spirit. Jesus said wait for the Spirit, wait on the Spirit, wait till you are immersed in the Spirit. […]

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Future Shape Of Sacred Communities? 2

Dave Andrews Another factor that will shape sacred communities in the future is Provocation I was taught the key to understanding a sacred community was the Greek word ‘ecclesia’, which we translate into English as the word ‘church’. This is the word used by Jesus when he said, in Matt 16v18,‘I tell you that I […]

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Future Shape Of Sacred Communities? 1

Dave Andrews A factor that will shape sacred communities in the future is Fascination. One of the trends I see is that many people are increasingly skeptical of grand narratives, big institutions and major religions. They tend to be more interested in spirituality rather than ideology – experience and experimentation rather than rules and regulations. People […]

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