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“Creation Spirituality – Faith for Today”

Sunday, March 12, 2017

                One of my spiritual teachers is novelist Alice Walker.  She begins the final chapter of her novel The Color Purple with thanksgiving, humility, and reverence:  “Dear God … Dear stars, dear trees, dear sky, dear people.  Dear everything.”

This is part of the liberating, powerful counter-cultural story of Creation Spirituality. It invites an awareness of Original Blessing. One of the most sparkling of contemporary theologies, Creation-Centered theology is often associated with former Dominican brother Matthew Fox, who was silenced in 1993 by Cardinal Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict…. 

We live and move and have our being in the cosmic context of a blessed Creation… not as depraved sinners, but as co-creators…. This emergent liberation theology has powerful radiant kinship with our own religious path now 200 years in the making….

            In contrast to the despicable teachings of Original Sin (one of the most pernicious and destructive declarations of religious teaching to wound the world), we have boldly celebrated the possibilities of goodness in the human heart. With awareness of our ability to make mischief and miss the mark, we foremost proclaim our bold, spirited, and liberating faith in human dignity, Creativity, and possibility.…

To encourage means to put heart into, to put love into…. That is certainly what Jesus was trying to do when he said to the so-called nobodies of the world, the outcasts, the lowly, to everyone, “You are the light of the world.”  He said, “You are precious, whoever you are.”…

… Pete Seeger adds, “I guess … [this is] my religion.  I walk out of here and I feel like yodeling when I see the sun come up.”

            Creation Spirituality… affirming the shared Original Blessing within us and about us and beyond us.  The beauty within and around us and in each other….

                                                                        Rev. Bruce Southworth

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Last Published: April 12, 2017 10:16 PM