Recent political events have made me question how a so many voters in a so-called Christian country could vote for a candidate who is more unprepared, unqualified, unsuited and uniformed than any presidential candidate in our nation’s history. I can understand the need for change, a need for a new way of doing things. But why didn’t they select a candidate who represented the highest of their hopes and spiritual ideas, and not the worst of their prejudices and fears? I was stunned that so many people were willing to compromise principle in this election. That is very similar to the rise of Adolph Hitler. Does the end justify the means? Apparently so, just as it did in the worst of the fascist and communist purges.
One has to ask why so many so-called Christians voted this way in the US and in pre-war Germany. Was it the way they were trained in the Christian faith to be faithful servants to an organization and not to Jesus himself? Jesus was a radical who was opposed to violence and treated everyone equally. He was against the accumulation of wealth. It is no wonder the pope sent such an urgent reminder to President Trump.
When Christian Americans were voting, where was the spiritual depth to see that HOW WE DO THINGS IS AS IMPORTANT AS GETTING ORGANIZED AND GETTING THINGS DONE? The soul is in the how, not in the doing. I have started a new blog that issues a call to get spirituality as found in the true model of Jesus out of the shadows and bring it front and center to shine real light on Christian action. Please visit my blog https://3womenatthetomb.wordpress.com/.
In Dreams: A Way to Listen to God Morton Kelsey says, “…the Church has developed no theory that can bring the spiritual world closer to human beings.” This is a powerful statement. One would think that it would be a primary function of Christian religions to do this. Instead, the mainline Christian churches have traditionally offered biblical and theological studies which provide intellectual and cultural understandings of Christianity, but have moved away from experiential forms of spirituality which might let us personally “taste and see” the glory of God. I think this is one reason so many people have left mainstream Christianity to explore yoga, meditation and other experiential approaches to connecting to something greater. Yet, as Kelsey points out in his book, dreams have always been part of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and he heartily recommends using them as a spiritual methodology to bring the spiritual world closer to us.
It’s not like the spiritual world isn’t trying to contact us. It does so nightly in our dreams! But how few people make an attempt to remember their dreams, and of those who do, how few make it a practice to honor, record, reflect and learn from their dreams?
One only has to pick up a Bible and see the frequent references to dreams and the important role they played in shaping people’s lives. People who could interpret dreams, like Joseph and Daniel, were held in high esteem because it was thought that God spoke through dreams. In the Bible, the information received in dreams is shown to be very important such as in predicting times of flood or famine or helping a person in need. Joseph, the husband of Mary, was one of many who received an important message in a dream. He was told to not worry in taking Mary as his wife since the child she had conceived came in a most unusual way. All these characters in the Bible worked with and let dreams shape their lives—even when their lives depended upon it.
Perhaps, if we let God into our lives through our dreams, our lives would take on a much greater meaning and significance compared to the trivial and myopic views we hold in an uninformed waking life that is often driven by the demands of others as well as egoistic and material needs.
Want to Get an In-depth Understanding of Your Christian Faith and Tradition?
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a training program of the Episcopal Church which helps people, especially lay leaders and ministers, to
deepen their spirituality through an effective theological reflection process and to
bridge the gap between understanding the Bible and dealing with the issues of everyday life.
Each session includes prayer, discussion, and reflection according to a Theological Reflection (TR) process, and may also allow time for refreshments and socializing before or after the class. Reading assignments prepare participants for each session.
Beginning in early September, 2014, St. Mary’s and St. Elizabeth’s will join to offer a year-long class of this four year program for members of their congregations. Participants must be willing to commit to an academic year of training (36 sessions of about 2.5 to 3 hours each). A free session can be given ahead of time for prospective members to see if this is “your cup of tea.” To the degree possible, dates and times of sessions as well as class location will be scheduled after the class is organized to meet the needs of the participants.
If interested, and to get more information, please contact Fran Kramer at 457-9753 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration needs to be done by late July to place orders for books and to finalize the class preparations.
NOTE: This course is being announced on this website but does not imply there is a connection to the study of dreams or intuition in the course. Course content will be determined by Sewanee.