To follow Jesus means being led by the Spirit as he was led at every stage of his journey. This involves a truly personal discernment but it is never an individualistic one. The Spirit of God is always the spirit of community, communion with our human sisters and brothers and communion with the whole of creation. It is not difficult to see the Spirit at work in the great movements of our times- the ecological movement, the movement seeking justice and peace above all for the poor of the earth, and the feminine movement seeking full equality for women. In spite of all the human failure and sin that play a role in these movements, they are places where the Spirit of God is powerfully at work, calling us to our own part in these movements of liberation and hope.
Come, O Holy Spirit, open our eyes and hearts.
Is my heart touched by any of these movements?
Where can I put my efforts to help bring about God’s reign?
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
For the reign of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope.
I think it’s darkness before the dawn, because the next evolution is going to be a consciousness evolution instead of a communication revolution.
It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label.
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.
Perhaps nothing helps us make the movement from our little selves to a larger world than remembering God in gratitude. Such a perspective puts God in view in all of life, not just in the moments we set aside for worship or spiritual disciplines. Not just in the moments when life seems easy.
Feminism isn’t simply about being a woman in a position of power. It’s battling systemic inequities; it’s a social justice movement that believes sexism, racism and classism exist and interconnect, and that they should be consistently challenged.
There is a lot of healing going on. Really! More people are vegetarians, more are in the green movement, more of us are tearing down the old paradigms and embracing same-sex marriage, single motherhood, men raising babies.