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Spiritual Mindfulness

Just when I was learning about mindfulness and mind (brain) body connections while doing an intensive three week Back Rehab Program at Wesley Hospital Brisbane, along comes a message about Jim Burklo’s latest. (Thanks Noel Preston).

Mindfulness has been liberated from religion.  Jim Burklo’s new book liberates religion with mindfulness. The book anMindful Christianityd website are windows into mindful Christian spiritual practice for individuals, churches, retreats, and groups.  More at MINDFULCHRISTIANITY.ORG

About the book:

Just now, mindfulness – defined in secular terms, studied scientifically, and practiced ubiquitously – has come fully into the cultural mainstream.  Now is the time to rediscover it in the mainstream of Christian faith and practice, in the writings and practices of contemplatives throughout its history.  Mindful prayer leads to fresh interpretation of Christian tradition, and reveals the Bible for what it is: not a book of facts, not a fixed set of prescriptions for behavior, but rather a collection of wisdom and poetry and myth made sacred by the ongoing human quest for intimate encounter with the Ultimate Reality.

Mindful Christianity is spiritual practice in the service of engagement with the quest for social and environmental justice.  By seeing clearly what is, we can begin working on what ought to be.  The mystical knowledge of God leads to a life of compassion and activism.

For forty dawns in solitude before he began his ministry, what awe filled Jesus’ soul?  To what inner and outer realities did he awaken?  In silence, searching for himself, whom did he find?  MINDFUL CHRISTIANITY invites you to join Jesus in the desert, and with him meet God face to face.

Order multiple copies directly from the publisher, St Johann Press, or individual copies at AMAZON

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Recommended Journal: Scientific GOD Journal

A scientific view of GOD

The Scientific GOD Journal has been recommended by a member of our UCFORUM Executive.

Scientific God JournalI have enjoyed trawling through its editorial board and examining its ethical and innovative process for approving articles for publication.

The current issue focuses on the theme: Beyond the circle of life.

Articles: Beyond the Circle of Life; Death, Consciousness, & Phenomenology; Consciousness, a Cosmic Phenomenon; Idealist View of Consciousness After Death; Science & Postmortem Survival; Non-Locality/Disembodiment; Tilde Fallacy & Reincarnation; Theory of a Natural Afterlife; & Vision Statement on Science & Spirituality.

The purpose and mission of Scientific GOD Journal (“SGJ”, ISSN: 2153-831X) are to conduct scientific inquiries on the nature and origins of life, mind, physical laws and mathematics and their possible connections to a scientifically approachable transcendental ground of existence – we call “Scientific GOD.” By “scientific inquiries”, we mean building concrete and testable models and/or hypotheses connected to hard sciences (e.g., physics, neuroscience, biochemistry and physiology) and doing the experimental testing. We believe that in this golden age of Science the GOD in whom we trust should be spiritual as well as scientific. Indeed, since we are all made out of the same subatomic, atomic and genetic alphabets, the scientific GOD each of us seeks should be one and the same whatever our race, religion and other differences. There is also a Scientific GOD Forum available.

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The search for spirituality beyond organised religion.

hugh-mackayIf you missed it, it is well worth listening to this ABC Podcast

 

 

Hugh MacKay

Spirituality in a secular age (click on this link)

Regular church going has been on the wane in Australia for years. Those who call themselves atheists are more abundant in number. And many of the big institutional religions have suffered reputational damage in recent times. But none of this means we have abandoned spirituality or a search for meaning in the modern world. So says author and social researcher, Hugh MacKay. We want to feel connected to something bigger, he maintains, even if we have turned away from organised religion.

In Hugh MacKay’s recent publication Beyond Belief , he argues that while our attachment to a traditional idea of God may be waning, our desire for a life of meaning remains as strong as ever. In his social research on Australian culture, he asks what do people actually mean when they say ‘God’? Around two-thirds of us say we believe in God or some ‘higher power’, but fewer than one in ten Australians attend church weekly. In Beyond Belief, Hugh Mackay presents this discrepancy as one of the great unexamined topics of our time.

Recorded at the Brisbane Powerhouse 26th May 2016.

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Improved book buying

From Rex Hunt:

G’day folks,

After a lot of planning and discussing, and plenty of other negotiation, Morning Star Publishing – the Australian publisher of my books – has announced readers in UK and NZ (as well as OZ!) can order copies of all my books direct from their web site, and the books will be printed and delivered locally.

Readers in South Africa can also order the same way but their books will be printed in UK.

This is a significant break-through for all authors who reside within the Morning Star Publishing stable. Thanks to all concerned.

Morning Star Publishing:   http://www.morningstarpublishing.net.au/

Morning Star Publishing have publishing arrangements with Wipf & Stock.:   https://wipfandstock.com/

Thank you for support during the past few months.

Warm regards,  RAEH

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Who do you say I am? by Kevin Treston

Kevin Treston’s latest book is called Who do you say I am? 

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It can be purchased from Morning Star Publishing

 The religious landscape is changing rapidly and many of those still affiliated with the Christian communities are increasingly uneasy about the Traditional Christian
Story whose original impulse was God’s act of restoration through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus following the primal sin.
Who do you say I am?, Kevin Treston offers a complementary understanding of the tradition, exploring the features of a Cosmic Christian Story that situates God’s
revelation in Jesus as the Christ firmly within the evolving dynamics of creation. It seeks a response to how Christians may understand and celebrate the Incarnation within the wondrous evolution of all things in our cosmic context. It is a Story that takes account of modern science, especially cosmology, quantum physics, energy field theories, genetics, globalisation, technology, and neuroscience that are changing forever how humans live as citizens of the planet.  is book is for general readers who aspire to extend their understanding of the Christian story and live their faith in the modern world.

Kevin Treston is a well known author and consultant. He has worked
globally for many years in the areas of education, spirituality,
theology and pastoral ministry.
WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?
The Christ story in the cosmic context
Kevin Treston
Morning Star Publishing
9780995381520
148mm x 210mm
124 pages
$19.95

‘Made on Earth’ by Lorraine Parkinson – now available

The latest from Dr Lorraine Parkinson.

For Australians and New Zealanders it is free of postage for $35 from Spectrum Publications.  The web site is www.spectrumpublications.com.au

Why have millions of Christians across two millennia been convinced that Jesus of Nazareth is the divinely anointed Christ?  Lorraine Parkinson sets out compelling reasons why the gospels may be found to have been ‘made on earth’. She builds a strong argument that each gospel was written to make a distinct case for Jesus as the Christ. She presents detailed evidence that the Christ of the gMade on Earth 1ospels is the creation of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John, plus later editors. The sub-text of this book contends that by including teachings of Jesus alongside claims for him as Christ, gospel writers bequeathed to Christianity two contradictory gospels – the gospel of Jesus and the gospel about Jesus. There is both detailed and courageous biblical scholarship in Made on Earth.

Rev Rex A E Hunt, Founding Director, The Centre for Progressive Religious Thought, Canberra. Immediate Past Chair, Common Dreams Conference of Religious Progressives, Australia/New Zealand : At last! A book that helps its readers to see and understand how the Way of Jesus with its emphasis on this world, was wrong-footed into fixation on “the Christ” and the next world. There is no bigger challenge to Christianity today than to rid itself of this fixation and from creedal adherence to the worldview that shaped it. In this book Lorraine Parkinson provides us with the perfect follow-up to her previous work, The World According to Jesus: his blueprint for the best possible world.

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‘Testing Tradition and Liberating Theology: Finding your own voice’ by VAL WEBB

Val Webb says of her new book: “There has never been one truth, despite what people claim.  Theological ideas have waxed and waned through history, taking conflicting turns with changing leaders, worldviews and political forces.  This fast-paced, lay-friendly book, backed by serious, inquisitive scholarship, follows this maze, shining a spotlight into dark corners and dusty shelves to observe ideas silenced and others declared eternal.  As many people walk away from churches unwilling to face the big questions, this book offers readers permission to think for themselves”.

Endorsements of Val’s new book

Val Webb has done it again – bringing God-talk out of both the Academy and the Church; and into the everyday … This is a book of liberation in that it allows each one of us to ‘do our own theology’ – to express what we mean by ‘God’ and not leave it to the ecclesiastical or scholastic authorities to make up our minds for us … This is a brave and challenging book that puts God back in the midst of people – where God belongs!  The late Revd Dr Nigel Leaves, Canon St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, Australia.

Val Webb invites us into a broad yet comprehensive sweep of much that has influenced the theological landscape for today’s 21st Century Christian. In doing so Webb both encourages and provokes our thinking about who we are and what we believe. Above all, the book is a call to the lay people of the church to accept responsibility for their own theological explorations and to no longer be shrinking violets in the important matters of informed faith.. Rev Dr Jennifer Byrnes, Executive Director of the Centre for Theology and Ministry, Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Victoria-Tasmania.

“Testing Tradition and Liberating Theology is a little Aussie gem from our own pre-eminent lay theologian Dr Val Webb.  It makes theology accessible for the average reader, using clear language and everyday images that open up the mysteries of religious belief  … Reading this book is to be empowered by a credible lay theologian … The book submits that there are many ways to think theologically, and Webb leaves the reader to make their own decision”.  Bruce Mullan, Acting director, Uniting Communications, Uniting Church in Australia Queensland Synod.

Testing Traditions and Liberating Theology may well be the best volume to come from Val Webb’s prolific key pad – and that is quite a rap! Her primary audience is the inquiring lay personMuch of the book is an  historical survey of the development of (Christian) theological ideas. As such, it will be a great eye opener to many, and an enlightening refresher to others”. Rev. Dr. Noel Preston, retired Uniting Church minister and an ethicist formerly Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University.

Val Webb 2Australian theologian Dr. Val Webb holds a graduate degree in science and a Ph.D. in theology.  She has taught religious studies in universities in the United States and Australia and has written eleven books, including Like Catching Water in a Net: human attempts to describe the Divine which won the religion category of the 2007 Best Books USA Awards.  She now lives in Mudgee, New South Wales and is a member of the Uniting Church.

Purchasing:  Go to Book Depository or order through your local bookshop.

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“Come and See” – exploring Spirituality

400 copies sold in four weeks!

‘COME AND SEE: Come and See bookSPIRITUALITY FOR EVERYDAY LIVING’

A RESOURCE FOR SCHOOLS, PARISHES and HOME GROUPS and FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION

Come and See: Spirituality for Everyday Living is a resource for all those in schools, home groups and parishes who wish to develop further their own spiritual journeys.

In a culture driven by consumerism, people are searching for a spirituality which gives them deep meaning in their lives.

This resource is organised in four sections:

·         Explaining the meaning of spirituality

·         Spirituality within creation

·         Christian spirituality

·         Spirituality for everyday living

 

Reflection questions are embedded in all sections for reflection and sharing.

An ideal contemporary resource for helping people deepen their spirituality.

68 pages   $15 per copy.  $12 per copy for 5 or more copies with minimised postage cost.

Kevin Treston has been involved over many years in education, theology, spirituality and leadership in several countries. His qualifications include a Doctorate at the University of Notre Dame (USA) and post doctoral studies in Washington, Chicago and Boston. He lives in Brisbane, Australia with his wife Kathryn.

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To order Come and See

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Send order to:  Kevin Treston,  Creation Enterprises, 66 Antill St, Wilston Q 4051 

Or email: kevintreston@gmail.com

Invoice is sent with the order.     Inquiry (not order) Kevin Treston (07)38561712

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Book Review – Acts and Christian Beginnings

Acts and Christian BeginningsThanks to Rex Hunt for drawing our attention to the publication of:

Dennis E. Smith and Joseph B. Tyson, eds. Acts and Christian Beginnings: The Acts Seminar Report Salem, OR: Polebridge, 2013. Pp. xii + 370. Paper. $29.00. ISBN 9781598151350.

Please go to: Review  – to explore an excellent review of this book which.represents the full report of the Acts Seminar of the Westar Institute, which took place between March 2000 and March 2011.

The Seminar’s original intent was to accomplish for the Acts of the Apostles essentially what the Jesus Seminar did for the Jesus tradition: to examine the text of Acts meticulously and systematically with the aim of separating the historical from the non-historical. Given that the Acts of the Apostles has long been read and understood as a history of Christian beginnings, it seemed to the project organizers that it was time to test this long-held held assumption.

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Special offer from Val Webb

Testing Tradition and Liberating Theology: Finding your own voice

by Val Webb

SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER: $35 + $4.50 postage – $39.50 total (signed copy)                              Testing Tradition and Liberating  FULL COVER B.20.12.2014.indd
(regularly $39.95 plus $9.50 postage – $49.45)

“Val Webb has done it again – bringing God-talk out of both the Academy and the Church; and into the everyday. This is a book of liberation in that it allows each one of us to ‘do our own theology’ – to express what we mean by ‘God’ and not leave it to the ecclesiastical or scholastic authorities to make up our minds for us. This is a brave and challenging book that puts God back in the midst of people – where God belongs!”

Revd Dr Nigel Leaves, Canon St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, Australia, author of Encountering God, Religion Under Attack & The God Problem:

“Val Webb invites us into a broad yet comprehensive sweep of much that has influenced the theological landscape for today’s 21st Christian. In doing so Webb both encourages and provokes our thinking about who we are and what we believe. Above all, the book is a call to the lay people of the church to accept responsibility for their own theological explorations and to no longer be shrinking violets in the important matters of informed faith”.
Rev Dr Jennifer Byrnes, Executive Director of the Centre for Theology and Ministry, Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Victoria-Tasmania:

“There has never been one truth, despite what people claim.  Theological ideas have waxed and waned through history, taking conflicting turns with changing leaders, worldviews and politics.  This fast-paced, lay-friendly book, backed by serious, inquisitive scholarship, follows this maze, shining a spotlight into dark corners and dusty shelves to observe ideas silenced and others declared eternal.  As many walk away from churches unwilling to face the big questions, this book offers readers permission to think for themselves”. (Morning Star Publishing, Melbourne)

  • Pay by Direct Deposit:

MJ & VJ Webb

BSB 082-726

Account # 508442723.

Please add your name to the deposit and email me when deposited

  or cheque to “Val Webb” at P.O. Box 1084. Mudgee 2850, NSW

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