James Foster, founder of the Institute for Christian Spirituality, has just released a new book, HOLY HUMANITY, We Are All Made of GOD Stuff.
Can we reconcile our faith in light of current understandings of science and the possibilities of studying other faiths and cultures today? Does faith allow for new insights? Is our faith an ongoing journey? Dare we love God and our neighbors while incorporating new understandings? Holy Humanity answers all these questions with an unequivocal Yes! “Here I think is the immense contribution of Holy Humanity—the integrity of the material order and its inherent spirituality. The relationship of and with God is deeply inscribed within this order, but we do not and cannot see it because we still see creation through the lens of violence and its many destructive forms. We can be grateful to Jim Foster for helping correct this brutal lens with all the skills of a master optician.”--Tony Bartlett, author of Virtually Christian: How Christ Changes Human Meaning and Makes Creation New. Read More....
ICS publishes a quarterly online journal, En Christo: A Journal for a New Christianity, that includes book reviews and commentary relevant to a re-visioning of what it means to be Christian.
Institutes for Christian Spirituality
Institutes for Christian Spirituality (ICS), part of the
Peacebuilding Institute, a voluntary association,
is a group of Institutes
encompassing a number of related ministries, all concerned with
fostering a deeper spirituality in the lives of individuals. The
seek to formulate clearly and incisively the deep truths of the
Gospel of Jesus Christ and to facilitate ecumenical dialogue on the
faith and practice of spirituality as it is practiced by both
Christians and other God-seekers. This is accomplished through
interfaith institutes, dialogues, workshops, seminars, forums and
published materials including the online publication of En Christo:
A Journal for a New Christianity.
Christian Spirituality: This refers specifically to those practices that grow out of the theological understandings of those whose chosen path to God is by way of discipleship to Jesus Christ.
Interfaith Relationships: We believe in dialogue with people of all faiths, not that we may all agree, but rather to the end that we may understand and respect each other. We believe all people are created in the divine image, and are brothers and sisters in the common pursuit of a deeper grasp of spiritual realities.
Sacred Psychology: Sacred Psychology is concerned with the intersection of spirituality and psychology and thus is concerned with the work of those seminal thinkers such as Carl Jung (including dream analysis, Jungian archetypes and temperament analysis), the Eastern psychology of Sri Aurobindo, the archetypal psychology of Jean Shinoda Bolen, and the ancient practice of enneagram spirituality.
Spiritual Direction: Spiritual direction is the age old practice of spiritual friendship and mentoring in which one spiritual seeker joins another on his or her spiritual journey, giving counsel and encouragement along the way. It is a discipline practiced in many religions and cultural traditions including shamanism, Christian mysticism, Islamic Sufi practice, and Hindu Gurus. All are considered to be valid attempts to follow a path which leads to a deep experience of God’s transcendent presence.
An Overview of the Institutes for Christian
These are educational and empowering programs that provide through publications, and/or seminars, workshops and personal counseling information and counsel relevant to the specific focus of the particular institute.
Christian Spirituality (ICS)
ICS includes the following institutes:
Institute for Interfaith Relationships (IIR)
Institute for Sacred Psychology (ISP)
Institute for Spiritual Direction (ISD)
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