LECTURES

The Angry Jesus and the Occupy Movement
(Delivered at Grace Cathedral, Sunday, March 11, 2012)

 

Fire and Water, Creativity and Community
(Delivered at Sunrise Ranch at the conclusion of the Creative Field Conference, 9/18/2011)

“I wrote a book a couple of years ago called Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet. Last night I think we had an experience of that, where the divine and the human meet. Thank you to our musicians and artists. This is what creativity does. And it’s good for the artists and it’s good for the listeners. Indeed, it takes art to listen to good music. It takes art to appreciate good painting. Where would the artist be, of any sort, without the recipients of one’s art? So it is a circle, the circle of creativity. And many, many people know, from their experience either in giving birth to what is creative in them or to receiving the birth of others, that these are some of our most profound mystical experiences—that we travel the rapids of creativity on a raft over which we have no control. We’re just being borne along by the power of the Holy Spirit…”

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Hope is a Verb With Its Sleeves Rolled Up
(Delivered at First Methodist Church, Boulder, Colorado, 9/11/11)

“The other day I read this line from the eco philosopher, professor David Orr: “Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up.”  Nothing generates hope like seeing people with a powerful vision working together to see it happen.  In fact, that is the very meaning of “community,” working together at a common task….

We are living in a time of deep concern, real insecurity about jobs and the future, of the first “ni, ni” generation (European sociologists write about the first generation that is “neither educated , nor have work,” thus “ni, ni”), of despair.  Despair is the opposite of hope and despair is very dangerous…”

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Four Paths for Creation
(Delivered at First Methodist Church, Boulder, Colorado, 9/11/11 – evening)