Aug. 14th

Introductions

Welcome, welcome! Thanks to everyone who joined us this Sunday and to those catching up here to join in the coming weeks...

listen ahead for the coming weeks:

(For an abbreviated recording of only the 1st theme that we'll talk about next week, see next Sunday's notes below!)

The Franciscan Alternative Orthodoxy (7 themes)

  • Scripture as validated by experience, and experience as validated by tradition, are good scales for one’s spiritual worldview. (Method)
  • If God is Trinity and Jesus is the face of God, then it is a benevolent universe. God is not someone to be afraid of, but is the Ground of Being and on our side. (Foundation)
  • There is only one Reality. Any distinction between natural and supernatural, sacred and profane is a bogus one. (Frame)
  • Everything belongs and no one needs to be scapegoated or excluded. Evil and illusion only need to be named and exposed truthfully, and they die in exposure to the light. (Ecumenism)
  • The separate self is the problem, whereas most religion and most people make the “shadow self” the problem. This leads to denial, pretending, and projecting instead of real transformation into the Divine. (Transformation)
  • The path of descent is the path of transformation. Darkness, failure, relapse, death, and woundedness are our primary teachers, rather than ideas or doctrines. (Process)
  • Reality is paradoxical and complementary. Non-dual thinking is the highest level of consciousness. Divine union, not private perfection, is the goal of all religion. (Goal)

Aug. 21st

Alternative Orthodoxy: Theme #1

Scripture as validated by experience, and experience as validated by tradition, are good scales for one’s spiritual worldview.

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Aug. 28th

alternative orthodoxy: theme #2

If God is Trinity and Jesus is the face of God, then it is a benevolent universe. God is not someone to be afraid of, but is the Ground of Being and on our side. 

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Sept. 4th

alternative orthodoxy: theme #3

 

There is only one Reality. Any distinction between natural and supernatural, sacred and profane, is a bogus one.

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SEPT. 11TH

alternative orthodoxy: theme #4

Everything belongs and no one needs to be scapegoated or excluded. Evil and illusion only need to be named and exposed truthfully, and they die in exposure to the light. 

Listen here: