Whakapono - Spirit as source of life

The word for breath in Hebrew is ruach, which is feminine in its origin. The ancient Hebrews understood Spirit as the source – the breath of all life, giving life to all things, moving between and holding all things together and grounding all of life into one being, of which we are a part. 

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Whakapono: Jesus the Christ

The Jesus of the New Testament is a radical, disrupting and revolutionary presence. When they first used the phrase ‘Lord and Saviour’ to describe Jesus, they used it because that was the title reserved only for Caesar. It highlighted the provocative challenge to the empire that was embodied in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. 

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Formation - God is dead

God is in the place of abandonment – even supposed abandonment by God. Christianity is a protest against the vision of God as a being out there somewhere turning his face away from our pain. God cries out in Christ against that kind of God.

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Formation - The Circle of Life

Death and new life is woven into the very fabric of existence itself. And so when we reflect on the story of Easter, this is not just about a transaction, involving payment and appeasement. It is about seeing and participating in the fundamental aspects of reality.

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Presence | Experience | Coherence

The story of Lent is the story of Jesus, and the story of the way in which God enters in a unique way into our journey of challenge, suffering, embodiment, and so into authentic human existence.  It is God entering fully into the human experience and then leading us on a journey of presence through the darkness toward new life.And so, I allow my rhythm of prayer to echo this story; to pulse with the repeating refrains of presence, experience and coherence.

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Seclusion

Seclusion is the sacred space of prayer where we are alone with ourselves long enough to consider how the extrinsic trappings of our so-called sacred practices are in need of re-evaluation. When we separate from the familiar and predictable we begin to face our deep need for ongoing change and renewal. 

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The Two Faces of Wilderness

The Wilderness with all of it’s unknown’s and risks are invitations for transformation. Changing our view of the world often requires moving to a new vantage point, like scaling the rugged rocky outcrops of Mt Tongariro’s ‘Devil’s Staircase’, in order to experience the beauty of the milky aqua volcanic Lakes that lie at the top of her pass.

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The Wilderness

The season of lent mirrors the ancient pathway, a deeply religious narrative of  the Jewish community as they journeyed from Egypt to the wilderness and into the promised land. The wilderness was their liminal space, their in-between corridor of time that gave them permission to re-evaluate the big questions that arise as we follow our sacred script of personal transformation.

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Transfiguration and a New Exodus

But this time it’s not just to bring about freedom for a certain group of slaves; it is to reach into the very heart of humanness itself, and lead us all on an exodus out of dehumanisation and toward life, flourishing, and possibility. Jesus invites us to follow him on a new exodus. To follow him down a path toward a different way of being in the world. 

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Agreement

The journey toward agreement is the final frontier for human consciousness, the terrain that must be wisely navigated if we are to experience the harmony that the human race deserves.  It sometimes seems like there is always more that divides us than there is that we have in common. Plotting a course is the hopeless romantics dream and a philosopher’s nightmare, and yet we must strive for some kind of collaborative partnership if we are to evolve.

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Epiphany

Epiphany is a moment of sudden realisation or revelation, an invitation into new understandings that enhance and enliven our consciousness that ultimately recalibrate our way of being.

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Stars.

When we look up, we take our eyes off the so-called concrete familiarity of our known status in life and we reach out to the universe as if to ask for help and assistance from the God we believe is forever enlarging our consciousness. Astronomers believe that the universe is constantly evolving and expanding, its life force unrestrained by limitation or constraint, a metaphorical reminder of how the stars open our eyes and hearts to the unbounded possibility of growth and progress. 

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Advent

Advent - Mary analogously reminds us that the Divine is looking for a place of habitation in the human condition, room to add aesthetic to our spirituality and invite us into new experiences of discovery.

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