Trinity UMC, Austin, TX Goes Public And Pagan
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TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Trinity's Statement Regarding Creation Spirituality
Trinity's clergy support Creation Spirituality, a movement that draws on ancient spiritual traditions and contemporary science to awaken authentic mysticism, revitalize Christianity and Western culture, and promote social and ecological justice. Creation Spirituality teaches that God permeates all things and that humanity is created blessed, not tainted by original sin. In this paradigm, Christ is God's liberating and reconciling energy, transforming individuals and society's structures into conduits of compassion. As we embody God's love, we become the Creation that God intends.
Creation Spirituality draws on the earliest traditions of the Hebrew Bible and has been celebrated under various names over the centuries, most notably by the Rhineland Christian mystics of medieval Europe. It is an eclectic tradition that honors women's wisdom and the cosmologies of indigenous cultures around the planet. Creation Spirituality seeks to revitalize contemporary worship by asking what would happen if, instead of requiring artists to conform to established worship practices, Christian worship adapted to the creativity of artists.
Ten Principles of Creation Spirituality
1. The universe is a blessing, that is, something God created and we experience as “very good.”
2. Humans need to relate to the universe as a whole as we are a microcosm of that macrocosm.
3. Everyone is a mystic, born full of wonder and capable of recovering it at any age and of not taking the awe and wonder of existence for granted.
4. Everyone is a prophet, a ‘mystic in action’ who is called to interfere with what interrupts authentic life. We are called to the margins of the status quo to interrupt systems that marginalize other humans, creatures and our Father, the Earth.
5. Everyone is an artist. Art as meditation is a primary form of prayer for releasing our images and empowering the community and each of us. Art finds its fulfillment in ritual, the community’s art.
6. Everyone and everything expresses divinity. All humans are all children of God; therefore, we have Divine blood in our veins and the Divine breath in our lungs; and the basic work of God is Compassion.
7. Divinity is as much Mother as Father, as much Child as Parent, as much Godhead [mystery] as God [history], as much beyond all beings as in all beings.
8. We experience the Divine in all things and all things are in the Divine. This mystical experience supplants the experience of the Divine as separate and unattainable.
9. Humans have to dig and work at finding the deep self, the true self, the spirit self. This is the spiritual journey. It is not so much about “adding on” as it is “letting go.” If we do not undergo the spiritual journey, we live superficially out of fear or greed or addiction or someone else’s expectations of us.
10. The spiritual journey is an ever-expanding spiral encompassing four paths.
Links Relating to Creation
EarthLight - The magazine of Spiritual Ecology.
Matthew Fox - Includes information about a variety of educational opportunities centered on Creation Spirituality.
What Is Creation Spirituality? - Adapted from "Creation Spirituality: The Message and the Movement" by Rosemary Radford Ruether, origianlly published in the Novemeber/December 1990 issue of Creation Spirituality magazine.
What Is Creation Spirituality? - By Jon R. Beimer. Reprinted from Ant Dancing Like a Deer, a Creation Spirituality newsletter.
The Labyrinth Project - The World-Wide Labyrinth project is committed to reintroduce the labyrinth in its many forms as a spiritual tool. Its deeply healing qualities have been lying dormant for centuries so labyrinths need to be established in cathedrals, churches, retreat centers, hospitals, prisons, parks, airports and community spaces around the world.
Creation Spirituality ListServ - This list is made up of folks from all walks of life who have come together through their interest in creation spirituality. If you'd like to add yours to the list, please do!
Staying Green - Resources and ideas for Creation Spirituality. Includes a discussion of "The Four Paths of Creation Spirituality."
Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance - An multi-faith agency of four volunteers who follow four different religious beliefs (Agnosticism, Atheism, Christianity and Wicca). Not affiliated with any religious organization, they rely on the revenue from banner ads, readers' donations, sales of CD-ROMs, and the occasional lecture fee to continue their work. They try to be tolerant of all religious beliefs and attempt to write accurate, balanced, clear, objective and inclusive articles. They often tackle tough religious questions. They don't promote a specific religious viewpoint and don't attack anyone's theological beliefs. They don't value religious beliefs over secularism or vice-versa. However, they do criticize actions that harm people, even if those actions are religiously motivated.
Jubilee Community - A creation-centered church led by a UM minister in Ashville, NC. Their Affirmation is an excellent model.
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