The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D

“Awesome” doesn’t begin to describe this. It’s an uplifting and mind-expanding experience to have a glimpse of how the playground of the physical world extends outward farther than one had ever imagined. “We pointed the most powerful telescope ever built by human beings at absolutely nothing, just because we were curious, and discovered that we occupy a very tiny place in the heavens,” the narrator says. When the Hubble Telescope is pointed at an “empty” area of the sky, the images of over 10,000 galaxies appear in the telescope’s long-range view: Photons of these galaxies have traveled for 13 billion years to record their images for us to see.

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We Come from the Cosmos

From the Boundless Life collection

We come from the Cosmos that birthed our Earth;
Each part of that process still nurtures Earth.
Our home is this planet that we call Earth.
For Earth is God the Presence adorned in cosmic flesh,
The shadow of the mystery who is both host and guest.

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When Skin Becomes

From the Boundless Life collection

When skin becomes the surface of the earth
And veins the braided rivers’ strands;
When breath is soft as tender forest moss
Our hearts reflect the Spirit’s spacious lands.

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I will walk the circle of the earth

From the Boundless Life collection

I will walk the circle of the Earth,
Breathe its stillness,
Dance its center,
Flow in the waters of its womb.

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Weather Report, Mojave Desert, 8-2-14

Thunder lags behind lightning beyond an outcrop of stone slabs framed by clusters of Joshua trees with spikes shivering in the wind. A dark gauzy curtain descends from a boiling mass of cloud. Scattered spits of rain puff dust out of tiny craters they form on impact in the fine dirt. The cooling air fills with the overwhelming scent of wet creosote.

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When I am the earth

From the Boundless Life collection

When I am the earth
And the earth is me
God and I are one.

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May the sap flow in our hearts

From the Boundless Life collection

May the sap flow in our hearts
Like the greening of the Earth:
May our liveliness unfold
Like the joyful Spring-time’s birth,

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The Dough Is Rising

From the Boundless Life collection

The dough is rising,
The frond unfurling,
The people’s hope is growing
For justice everywhere.

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God in Big History 5:5 (beta) “Evidential Prophets”

Part 5 of 5 explores how a *factual* view of God and revelation, in light of the trajectory of Big History, clarifies our way into the future and restores the relevance (indeed, necessity!) of unflinchingly bold, science-based prophetic speech.

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God in Big History 4:5 (beta) “Sin and Death”

Part 4 of 5 explores how and why Big History radically transforms our understanding (and experience!) of human nature, chaos, and death—including our relationship to ours and our loved one’s foibles, problems, and mortality.

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God in Big History 3:5 (beta) “Reality Rules!”

Big History is humanity’s first and only creation story derived from global collective learning. While secular, it nevertheless reveals a way of thinking and speaking about God(s) that is *undeniably* and *inescapably* real. Part 3 of 5 focuses on what and where God is in Big History and why it matters.

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God in Big History 2:5 (beta) “Sacred Science”

Big History reveals the evolutionary (psychological and social) significance of religion and the religious (inspirational and revelatory) significance of science. Part 2 of 5 also explores how our sources of knowledge and wisdom have expanded through time.

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