Christophany Groups – Australia and New Zealand

In our recent meetings we have been focusing on time at commencement of our meetings for some silent reflection in the style of Lectio Divina, choosing readings that relate to the reflection/discussion material for the evening for example an excerpt from Thomas Berry’s writings or a piece from the Gospel of Thomas, followed by a short silent meditation. We have also trialled other sorts of shared meditations such as those offered by the HeartMath Institute.

The time for shared silence though short, helps to draw us into a sense of communion and also serves to anchor us in the sacredness of our shared presence and purpose. Our recent discussions have reflected on the C4C post by Hilda Geraghty, “Integrating the world views of science and religion: Today’s urgent theological challenge”. This was a challenging and provocative article which led us into exchanges around consciousness and the intersection of science and consciousness and established religion. Prior to that we reflected on an article written by Ursula King,  “Teilhard de Chardin’s Vision of Science, Religion and Planetary Humanity: A Challenge to the Contemporary World”. This material provided  food for thought over 3 meetings and was particularly apt in the context of current world events and challenges, providing many relevant quotes from Teilhard’s writings for contemplation.

We also discussed recently a series of excerpts around the topic of ‘The Divine Feminine’ which included writings of Teilhard and the wisdom literature of the scriptures. Our meeting discussions tend to range far and wide according to how individuals are moved or prompted by their reading and reflection.

Our group has diverse interests reflecting the varied and rich life pathways of its members. We are open to and in fact motivated to reflect on the latest science emerging and to consider how that intersects with and informs both our ideas and practice of spirituality, and how it can shape our lived experiences in practice. We feel we have barely scratched the surface of the possibilities for growth and learning offered by the sorts of reflections we have. It is probably true to say that we regularly experience an ‘igniting of the human spirit”  through and in our sharing and common purpose, for which we are all most grateful.

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A love letter to Ilia and Peirre Teilhard de Chardin Dear Ilia, I am so grateful to have found your books, your website, the Omega community and you, the prophet. Of course none of this was accidental. It all started with a car accident on my 21st birthday in 1968. I was driving alone at night, back to my job as a junior housemistress in a rural boarding school in Australia. Only my knee was badly injured in the accident but when I regained consciousness in the ambulance, I was aware of a terrible pain in my chest (bruising from the impact against the steering wheel before seat belts) as I struggled to breathe, it crossed my mind that I might be dying. I remember clearly thinking ‘what did the nuns teach us to do when one is dying?’. I was feeling pretty panicky by now and said the ‘Our Father’ as I was praying I relaxed with great relief because I knew from that moment (since never waived in my whole body conviction), that I actually, after all that teenage angst and doubt , did believe in God and more importantly that he/she believed in me. It was the greatest birthday gift I could have wished for . However it took about 15 years of ‘unfolding’’ to recognise the giftedness of this experience. The freedom of discovering that “faith” is not a noun but a verb of growing and becoming has given me licence to come and go, explore here and there, on and off. From Liberation theology, to the feminist project, sojouning with protestant friends and projects in social justice and ecological activism to Francis’ Laudato Si, the testament in scripture and finally home to the cosmic Christ and Teilhard de Chardin. Recently I get quite giddy, or ‘tipsy’, in awe and wonder at evolutionary creation and sometimes can cry at the privilege of being part of it. When I see an ant, busy about its business, or a weed struggling between the paving stones, I say to them,’even to be one of you would have been a great gig in this universe!, but to be chosen to be human through chance and natural selection, at this time of internet and DNA, to live in this country of security and more than my needs, to be a woman, a mother, grandmother and to have reached this consciousness of ’ unbearable wholeness’ and all that that means takes my breath away, like a car crash! Just one question. I don’t believe in “supernatural” any more. Is that heresy? The more I read about evolutionary biology and ponder on its implications for an evolutionary chistology, the more it seems to me that from the sub atomic to the cosmic scale, natural creativity, interconnectivity, communication networks, diversity, regeneration: have it all in hand. Thus the concept of ’super-nature’ is a tautology. I hope humanity can redeem itself, so that homo sapiens can continue to evolve into communities of healing and peace, but if not, then the infinite impulse will mourn the suffering and loss, but life is’ immortal and love is eternal’ (Bede Jarret) Resurrection goes on in the now, on the cusp of creating the future. Many thanks for your website. People like me need your company and inspiration. Patricia
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