Mystical – experience, intuition, sudden inbreaking of Spirit.
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Recovering past practices, and also addressing contemporary needs with new techniques. May also be “baptizing” or inculturating cultural phenemonea. There is a backlash in some Protestant communities over the Emerging church because of some of these practices. Labyrinth photo taken by Niall Batson, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.
There is a need to address the whole person, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Prayer can address issues of mental and physical health, though the focus of these prayer practices is spiritual health.
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Lisa GonzalezS5310 – Spirituality for the New MillenniumMay 6, 2013
Contemporary ContextMy Tradition, Disciples of Christ (SCM) Word Based Bible reading and study Extemporaneous prayer Community Characteristics Congregational, local and democratic Importance of Lord’s Table Aversion to creeds and theological language Unity of all followers of Jesus
Meditative Prayer Reflection Imaginative Listen for Holy Spirit Example – Ignatian, Benedictine
Contemplative Prayer Wordless and imageless Apophatic tradition Space for Holy Spirit Example – Cappadocians, Symeon
YogaBuddhist and Hindu Christian Variety of underlyingtheologies and techniques Technique not always relatedto a particular theology Mantras, breathing, posture Divine in all of us – body asmicro/macrocosm Inculturation Interreligious dialogue Ecumenism Migration and immigration Hesychasm – Symeon theNew Theologian Trinitarian
Related Prayer PracticesSacred WordLectio Divina
Related Prayer PracticesSacred WordJesus Creed
Related Pastoral PracticesBody FocusedIntegrated Health Ministries
Marks of SpiritualityNew Millenium Prayers of the Body Tradition – Bible,Benedictine, Heyschasm Contemplative/Mysticism Interfaith Biblical basis Mantra/touchstone Habit forming
Scripture and Body Prayerhttp://youtu.be/5zVsoslT7-k
Challenges Syncretism Colonization/disrespectful appropriation Backlash against mysticism Solutions? Accountability and authority
New Directions Develop a Biblical basis Focus on building community, including leadershipand need for accountability Integration and education My challenge - draw on tradition of respectingintellectual authorities
Conclusion Many prayer forms – no highest form Listening, silence, and being present can be nurtured Biblical basis, and ecumenical tradition can contributeto new prayer forms and a deeper prayer life