April 5, 2013

Choosing Hope


This weekend at St. Mary’s Sewanee is the first edition of the One River Wisdom School.  It is a new offering in partnership with Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Kathy Woods and Gordon Peerman.  The idea is for folks to gather for three weekends over the next two years in a safe haven for spiritual exploration.  It will be a setting where doubt is welcome and questions encouraged and the spiritual impulse in every human being is honored. 

Our world grows smaller every day.  Citizens of the earth are more connected than ever before.  The survival of the human race and our island planet home demands dialogue and a willingness to seek truth and wisdom from all the world’s great spiritual traditions.  The Catholic monk and writer Wayne Teasdale in his book Mystic Heart says it more boldly;

            “Humanity stands at a crossroads between horror and hope.  In choosing hope, we must seed a new consciousness, a radically fresh approach to life drawing its inspiration from perennial spiritual and moral insights, intuition and experience.  We call this new awareness Interspiritual, implying not the homogenization of religion, but the recovering of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.”

One River Wisdom School provides an opportunity to experience “perennial spiritual insights” that has the power to transform individual lives and thus the world.  The folks gathering at St. Mary’s Sewanee this weekend are choosing hope and participating in the great unfolding of love, light and life that is open to all who seek it.

Consider joining the next session of the One River Wisdom School, August 23-25, 2013.  Or seek among all the other offerings at St. Mary’s Sewanee your opportunity to choose hope and realize more fully what it means to be a spiritually alive human in the 21st century.