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January News from the OMEGA CENTER
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  • A message from Ilia Delio
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A MESSAGE FROM ILIA DELIO:  Thinking into a New Age, so as to Love into a New Future 

 
As we begin a new year with a new U.S. president, the Omega Center begins a new stage of growth in its young history.   We are beginning to gain momentum worldwide and I am encouraged by the blogs and the many fine comments we are receiving from a variety of people.  One of the aims of the Omega Center is to enkindle thinking as fundamental to evolution.  I know some Omega discussion groups have formed around the globe and I encourage you to continue to find dialogue partners to share these new ideas, as we strive to emerge to a level of human community.  Teilhard de Chardin had some keen insights on the power of thinking to evolve us.  To think, he said, is to unify; thinking enables us to be artisans of the future.  How we think and what we are thinking about shapes our lives and the future of our world.

It is important to keep the thinking dimension of the Omega vision in mind because our world is currently in emotional overdrive.  The new political regime in the U.S. has provoked a number of protests, and resistance is high.   We are in a new age of anxiety and uncertainty.   The barometer of distrust is increasing and the future seems dark and ominous at times.  If one watches the nightly news and primetime television then it is apparent we are strangely entertained by the dark side of humanity; we seem to be lured by the absence of light.   But we do not have to watch the television to realize our world has become extremely fragile.  Our planet is like a delicate piece of china that could be smashed to pieces at any moment.  The plight of the poor, the devastation of the earth, and the ongoing tragedies of the oppressed in Syria, Africa and other parts of the world are heart-breaking. 
  
Despite the political climate and global fragility, the majority of the world spends most of their waking hours connected to an artificial device. There is evidence today that computer technology is changing the human brain.  We are more forgetful, impatient, and emotionally reactive with a diminished capacity to remember and think.  Is there a correlation between the rise of the technoself and the fragility of the world?  I think there is, and because we have an unbridled use and development of technology our world seems ripe for a great calamity.  

I am not writing this, however, to instill fear but just the opposite.  For I believe that God is our midst; God has not gone away or retired from worldly affairs.   Teilhard anticipated world compression [and possible collapse] if religions did not wake up to the reality of evolution.  He sought to bridge Christianity and evolution by describing a new philosophy of love, a new presence of God and a future open to more life and more being in love.  His is not new age thinking but thinking for a new age.   This is what we will continue to explore here at the Omega Center website, thinking for a new age so as to love into a new future. 

- Ilia Delio, OSF
During the month of January we have been focusing our theme on
LOVE AND THE IN-BREAKING FUTURE. 
In case you missed any of our posts for this month, here they are:

 
NEW THIS WEEK:
 

KENOTIC LOVE AND TRUE PERSONHOOD: A RECORDED CONVERSATION


New audio recording with ILIA DELIO and CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT

Ilia Delio and Cynthia Bourgeault enter into an engaging and lively conversation illuminating points brought forward in the vision and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and sharing some of their own related life experiences that support those views. Topics of their dialogue include the transformational power of kenotic and sacrificial love, the centrality of ‘personhood’ in our relationship to God, and the co-creative impact of human choices and action on the unfolding future toward Omega. The dialogue starts with Cynthia asking Ilia to elaborate on Teilhard’s premise of love as a universal force of attraction. 
LISTEN HERE


(image by Robbin Whittington of wisdomwayofknowing.org)
 

OTHER POSTS FROM JANUARY:
 

CHRIST IS A CYBORG: THE COSMIC CHRIST AND A TECHNOLOGY OF RESURRECTION

by GREGORY R. HANSELL

Technology is all around us.

The Internet, in just over 20 years, has radically transformed human life and culture, changing how we do business, read the news, meet friends, and even fall in love. Smartphones—putting the power of the Internet in the palms of our hands—are owned by over 1.5 billion people worldwide, projected to reach 36% of the total human population by 2018. Massive scale social networks like Facebook and Twitter, with billions of users across the globe, have fundamentally changed the way we talk to and learn about each other, influencing everything from the frontlines of revolutions to the 2016 US Presidential election. Driverless cars, already on the road in the United States, will soon relieve much of the tedium of driving and even reduce traffic fatalities. Bionic lenses, available as early as this year, will cure vision problems with an eight minute out-patient surgery and provide superhuman sight three times 20/20. And in France’s rustic region of Provence, drones have started delivering the daily mail.   READ MORE
 

LOVE, HOPE, AND THE COSMIC FUTURE

by JOHN F HAUGHT

“But the greatest of these is love."

When I was in graduate school in the late 1960s, I came across the following passage from Jürgen Moltmann’s new book Theology of Hope:
“From first to last, and not merely in the epilogue, Christianity is . . . hope, forward looking and forward moving, and therefore also revolutionizing and transforming the present. [Hope] is not one element of Christianity, but it is the medium of Christian faith as such, the key in which everything in it is set, the glow that suffuses everything here in the dawn of an expected new day. . . . Hence [hope] cannot really be only a part of Christian doctrine. Rather, [hope] is characteristic of all Christian proclamation, of every Christian existence and of the whole Church. There is therefore only one real problem in Christian theology . . .: the problem of the future” [my emphases and elisions].

To this day I believe that Moltmann, whose prolific writings still make him the greatest contemporary theologian of hope, is right on target in his understanding of what is most essential to Christian faith. READ MORE
 

INTERVIEW: APPROACHING THE NEW YEAR

An Interview with ILIA DELIO

In reflecting back to the month of December and looking ahead to the new year, Ilia Delio and Brie Stoner enter into conversation about some of the key issues arising for evolutionary thinkers at this particular time of transition.

Topics discussed include the relationship between past, present, future, and what the emerging times could bring. How might we face into these times of uncertainty, including what practices, choices, and ways of thinking and responding could be most useful. There is an invitation to pause and take a personal soul/consciousness/heart/mind inventory of how we are living, and how we are practicing presence. Do we have sufficient self-discipline? How might we build a greater sense of Trust, and become more spacious and open to the new? Even being attentive to how we use language can contribute in positive ways to the evolutionary unfolding. LISTEN HERE
 

GOD IS BORN AGAIN AND AGAIN

by ILIA DELIO

We live in very strange times. Since the recent US presidential election and the wobbly markets impacting our economy, stress, anxiety, and uncertainty seem to mark the general milieu. There is a great sense of distrust in our midst that expresses itself either in reserved caution or outright resistance. When I speak to people of the Omega Center and its mission of exploring love at the heart of the cosmos, one of the first questions raised is, “what’s love got to do with it?” My brief response is, “everything”: we are born out of love, we exist in love and we are created for the fullness of love. 
READ MORE


Upcoming focus for February: An exploration of Love and Trust
 

Online e-Course now available on demand:

TEILHARD FOR OUR TIMES by CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT

Through 15 email messages scheduled at your own pace, you will learn your way around the basic building blocks of “The Teilhardian Synthesis,” his great overarching vision. You’ll catch moving glimpses of his life and the spiritual resources he drew on to keep himself going through long years of struggle and exile. You’ll get to work with some of these resources through spiritual practices based directly on Teilhard’s writings. Register HERE.

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