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Prayers of the body lisa gonzalez


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Prayers of the body lisa gonzalez

  1. 1. Lisa GonzalezS5310 – Spirituality for the New MillenniumMay 6, 2013
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. Meditative Prayer Reflection Imaginative Listen for Holy Spirit Example – Ignatian, Benedictine
  4. 4. Contemplative Prayer Wordless and imageless Apophatic tradition Space for Holy Spirit Example – Cappadocians, Symeon
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. Related Prayer PracticesSacred WordLectio Divina
  7. 7. Related Prayer PracticesSacred WordJesus Creed
  8. 8. Related Prayer PracticesBody FocusedLabyrinth
  9. 9. Related Pastoral PracticesBody FocusedIntegrated Health Ministries
  10. 10. Marks of SpiritualityNew Millenium Prayers of the Body Tradition – Bible,Benedictine, Heyschasm Contemplative/Mysticism Interfaith Biblical basis Mantra/touchstone Habit forming
  11. 11. Scripture and Body Prayer
  12. 12. Challenges Syncretism Colonization/disrespectful appropriation Backlash against mysticism Solutions? Accountability and authority
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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