In this episode, Jonah and Patrick take up the prayer that is spoken in the communion service of The Christian Community during this season of ‘Trinity’. We hear there a prayer for our way of looking at the world and at each other to be healed, to be ‘drenched’, by the light of the Holy Spirit. The conversation leads to the root causes of how and why we wound one another: the way we behold. With racism as an example, Jonah and Patrick look at the internal Christian work we can be doing to heal our gaze, the prayerful engagement with one another that can build a new kind of human community in Christ: the beloved community.
First published June, 2020
Resources for this episode:
– Jonah mentions the book, How to Be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. Kendi. You can read about him and his work here.
– “First remove the board from your own eye” Matthew 7:3-5
– “An enemy is someone whose story you don’t know yet.” Attributed to many different people.
– The radical practices of open mindedness and open heartedness that inform the work at the seminary are laid down in Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual training guides. Selfless openness and over coming personal bias as a practice is described here and and the path of cultivating reverence and respect before all things is described here.
Our thanks to Elliott Chamberlin who composed the opening music, “On the Road”, the musical interludes, “In Great Depths” and “Water of Life” and the closing music, “Seeking Together”. You can find more of his music here.
(Note: apologies for the ticking watch, those of you who hear it. We learn new things each time!)