“As we learn not to harden and brace even in the face of what appears to be ultimate darkness, but to let all things flow in that great river of kenosis…we come to know – and finally become – the river itself, which circulates through all things as the hidden dynamism of love.” (Cynthia Bourgeault, The Wisdom Jesus, page 74)
This year’s gathering will provide an opportunity to explore what is required and what enables, both within oneself and a community at large, the flow of God’s love. This movement is captured in our Formation Framework as follows: “Our relationship with the Mystery of the Divine deepens when we dare to imagine a vision of creation brought to wholeness and, with the open heartedness of Mary, risk participation in the creativity of life as God’s partners”. (p.8 The Good Seed Will Grow). In gathering around this focus, we will be attempting to name the shape of what might come to make up a spirituality for justice - the practices, skills, dispositions (from our own tradition, other wisdom sources, our own experiences and even from the emerging future) that might ready us to dare a vision of wholeness, to be open-hearted and to risk participation as God’s partners.
Our way of entering into an exploration of a spirituality for justice – exploring its nature- will be through the implications of The Magnificat and what this text offers by way of encountering God’s liberating presence in the world.
Drawing on The Magnificat enables: