The next three weeks have me engaged in activities that, unfortunately, will take me away from our weekly discussion here. Iâ€™ll pick up again with new thoughts in January, but in the meantime, here are a few worthwhile sources to check out:Â
- The Interfaith Amigos. A priest, a rabbi, and an imam discussâ€”with extraordinary grace and intelligenceâ€”the very issues we cover here. Check out, for instance, their article about dialogue with people who believe their way is The Only Way.
- The Clearness Committee. A brilliant method for hearing the Divine voice, Clearness Committees come to us from the Quakers. A person with a life decision or issue gathers five or six others whose entire job is to ask honest, open-ended questionsâ€”no judgment, no advice, no chitchatâ€”in an atmosphere of quiet attention. Typically, these questions (and the personâ€™s responses) generate ever deeper questions and responses, clearing the way for the person to hear the â€œdivine teacherâ€ within. Iâ€™ve participated in one or two of these, and they can be life-changing for both the â€œfocus personâ€ and the questioners.
- The Priorâ€™s Column. The prior of â€œmyâ€ monastery (Iâ€™m an associate) has lived the spiritual life for many years, and his insightsâ€”particularly around meditation, prayer, and the monastic wayâ€”carry a great deal of wisdom.
Thatâ€™s it for now. I wish you the most blessed of holidays.