Center for Trinitarian Spirituality

by Chris Hardman

As you know from last month's Dove, the Center for Trinitarian Spirituality is a new initiative whose mission is to help us move from "God loves us" to "God is Love."As I have said before, knowing/trusting that God loves us is not excluded when we say "God is Love." On the contrary, it brings us to an even deeper understanding of God's love for us, one that is unconditional.

Making that move, however, is not easy. That is why our Wednesday adult class will focus on this issue all year long. In addition, our Wednesday and Friday 9:00 am Contemplative Eucharists will help us practice this understanding of God. Thus, we go from practice on Wednesday at 9:00 am, to education on Wednesday 9:45 am, to practice on Friday at 9:00 am. This movement is in recognition that you cannot think your way into a new way of acting. You have to act your way into a new way of thinking.

We are also in the process of developing a library that will support this move. It will include books focused on Trinitarian theology and spirituality, prayer, science and religion, and the mystical tradition. Each month in The Dove I will write a short review of some of the books that I think may be of interest to you. The first ones will be "introductory books" that can give one a grounding in the subject.

Our Wednesday Adult Class sessions in late September and October are as follows:

September 30
Trinitarian Spirituality Core Concepts:
The power of self-emptying.

October 7
Trinitarian Spirituality Core Concepts:
Jesus is the heart of reality, both path and goal.

October 14
Trinitarian Spirituality Core Concepts:
Two Sacred Books: the Bible and Nature.

October 21
Trinitarian Spirituality Core Concepts:
Freedom is the First Step.

October 28
Trinitarian Spirituality Core Concepts:
"God is Love" means God Changes!

In November, we will look at certain biblical concepts from a Trinitarian point of view. Such concepts as the Kingdom of God, the household, and what is "good" and what is "right" when looked at from a Trinitarian point of view become transformative ways of thinking, not just old concepts.