theology of courage

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We live in a time that so desperately needs new visions and ideas, new ways of being and doing in the world.  How do we negotiate peacefulness and alternatives to war and hunger and the ravages of illness?   How do we make our communities places where we can all thrive together?

We may begin creating for ourselves, delighting in the joys of self-expression, claiming ourselves as artists of our own lives—an often difficult, and necessary, step and why books on creativity are often bestsellers.

But a commitment to creativity and the practices that help to support it ripples out far beyond our solitary concerns, especially when intentionally brought into the community.  What would happen if our faith communities dedicated themselves to being places of healthy creativity?  What kind of power might we unleash if we gathered together to dream dreams and free our imaginations to discover new possibilities and new ways of being?

Creativity is nothing short of essential to our vitality, our hope, and our future.

~Christina Valters Paintner

where we feel abundance and flow and kindness and energy…….this is where we breathe and live fully…….this is our creative courage…..

When you accept the state of being a stranger, you are no longer a stranger. I have been an exile when everything around me seemed strange and everybody was a stranger. Once I accepted that I didn’t have to belong and I didn’t have to be part of the world, then I was free to be part of it. There was a paradoxical release of the spirit. The world became mine when I was no longer holding on to it.     ~Satish Kumar

where is synergy?

We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.   ~e.e. cummings

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