From a new evolutionary threshold to a call for a cosmological, relational, and more organismic understanding of the universe
Diarmuid O’Murchu’s talk at St James’s in November 2018 addressed the meaning of incarnation in our times. Diarmuid reminded us that God's creativity throughout creation is mediated through bodies, from the vast universe right down to subatomic particles.
In this new vision, God’s revelation is considered to be in the whole of creation. Divine revelation is mediated primarily through the embodied processes that facilitate growth and flourishing. The discussion after the talk led on to what we can do today in the face of the level of destruction of our life systems which we ourselves are bringing about. The work of Paul Hawken, author of Holy Unrest. The Biggest Movement in the World that No-One Saw Coming was a point of interest. This unnamed diverse movement is made up of a myriad of local environmental and social change groups, and involves millions who are working for the good of both people and the earth.
Diarmuid has worked all over the world and is an educator, author, social psychologist and member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order. His vision is clearly challenging us to think in much broader terms than is usual within our churches. The response to his talk was very positive and there was a strong call for more talks informed by this kind of vision:
“Very redemptive and empowering.” “Inspiring – really good to feel part of a spirited embodied community.” “Exciting. Hopeful.” “Really, really good. We need more talks like this!”
The Eco Church series of Sunday events is continuing in 2019 and we are very fortunate to have on our programme a talk by John F. Haught on Christian Faith and Ecology in an Unfinished Universe. John Haught is Distinguished Research Professor at Georgetown University and author of many books including The New Cosmic Story. Inside our Awakening Universe and The Promise of Nature: Ecology and Cosmic Purpose.
In his writings John Haught speaks of a “sacramental approach to Christian ecological theology…” which “goes beyond the apologetic variety of environmental theology by arguing that our present circumstances require a whole new interpretation of what it means to be Christian. In the face of the environmental crisis it will not do simply to take more seriously our inherited texts and teachings. These are still important, but they must be carefully sifted and reinterpreted in terms of a cosmological, relational, non-hierarchical, non-patriarchal, non-dualistic, and more organismic understanding of the universe.
We are looking forward to this radical input into our future vision. Come along and give us your response. This event on Sunday 2 June 1.50 – 3.30 pm is put on by Eco Church at St James’s Piccadilly and Living Spirituality Connections. To book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org