In our busy, frenetic world, it's easy to slip into a mode of living that looks and feels a lot like autopilot. We go through the motions, move through our calendars, and rinse and repeat each day. In so many ways the life we long for and the life we're designed for remains out of our grasp.
So, for so many people, we try to shake things up. We sign up for a sprint triathlon. We announce to our friends we're launching a podcast. We start planning a vacation or a bathroom remodel. For a time, it works. We feel more present, alive, and focused.
But then the autopilot mode returns.
What does it look like to find an alternative reality? To lean into a different way of thinking, and a new way of living? I can't think of anyone who can help us find that way better than Father Richard Rohr.
Father Richard Rohr is a Franciscan friar and ecumenical teacher who bears witness to the deep wisdom of Christian mysticism and traditions of action and contemplation.?He is the founder of the?Center for Action and Contemplation
(CAC)?and academic Dean of the Living School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he has lived since 1986. For over fifty years, Father Richard's personal experience of God's infinite and transforming love has inspired his lifelong work of helping to remove the barriers that keep people from knowing God's love for themselves. He teaches how God's grace guides us to our birthright as beings made of Divine Love. He is the author of numerous books, including?The Universal Christ
, The Wisdom Pattern
, Everything Belongs
, and?Falling Upward
READ: Universal Christ, by Richard Rohr
Resource page: http://universalchrist.org
Book URL: https://store.cac.org/collections/all/products/the-universal-christ
Description: In his decades as a globally recognized teacher, Richard Rohr has helped millions realize what is at stake in matters of faith and spirituality. Yet Rohr has never written on the most perennially talked about topic in Christianity: Jesus. Most know who Jesus was, but who was Christ? Is the word simply Jesus's last name? Too often, Rohr writes, our understandings have been limited by culture, religious debate, and the human tendency to put ourselves at the center.
Drawing on scripture, history, and spiritual practice, Rohr articulates a transformative view of Jesus Christ as a portrait of God's constant, unfolding work in the world. "God loves things by becoming them," he writes, and Jesus's life was meant to declare that humanity has never been separate from God-except by its own negative choice. When we recover this fundamental truth, faith becomes less about proving Jesus was God, and more about learning to recognize the Creator's presence all around us, and in everyone we meet.
Thought-provoking, practical, and full of deep hope and vision, The Universal Christ is a landmark book from one of our most beloved spiritual writers, and an invitation to contemplate how God liberates and loves all that is.
Friday, Sept. 24 - Sunday, Sept. 26
In this time of great unknowing, how do we expand our sense of self to include love, healing, and forgiveness-not just for ourselves and those like us, but for the entire world? Join thousands of spiritual seekers from across the world for the final CONSPIRE, an interactive online conference featuring James Finley, Barbara Holmes, Jacqui Lewis, Brian McLaren, Richard Rohr, and Mirabai Starr.
Discover your place among the emerging contemplative movement as six of the most prolific spiritual teachers of our time unite Richard Rohr's seven themes of alternative orthodoxy in an exploration of the Great Story Line connecting us all in the One Great Life.
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