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As Swimmers Dare

A poem by Denise Levertov

One of Marcus Borg’s favorite examples of how poetry enriches liturgy:

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Marcus J. Borg Quotes

Rather, the way of Jesus is the way of death and resurrection — the path of transition and transformation from an old way of being to a new way of being. To use the language of incarnation that is so central to John, Jesus incarnates the way. Incarnation means embodiment. Jesus is what the way embodied in a human life looks like.”
― Marcus J. Borg, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously but Not Literally

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Memorial to a Beloved Advisor, and Friend – Marcus Borg

Marcus became one of our most active Honorary Advisors, making suggestions and contributions over the years. We ended up several times at the same conferences and we usually found time to catch up on things from books to family. He never hesitated to let me know when he felt we had published something that was incorrect or with which he disagreed. We always appreciated his input. Marcus and I did have an ongoing, energetic conversation about the role of reciting ancient creeds which made statements we no longer believed, but we finally managed to agree to disagree. Those things are easy when you respect and love someone.

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The cup of our living

From the Boundless Life collection

The cup of our living flows over its rim
And minds have no room for the fresh or the new,
For minds that are sated have stopped in their tracks
And ceased to be open to God’s widening view.

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Behind the world of images

From the Boundless Life collection

Behind the world of images
There’s nothing we can see.
Behind the realm of sound and word
There’s nothing we can hear.

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Let Opposites All Share

From the Boundless Life collection

Let opposites all share a common space,
The inner and the outer be as one;
Each mind reflect life’s interweaving grace
And hearts all find God’s presence deep within.

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Within, between and far beyond

From the Boundless Life collection

Within, between and far beyond
Form journeys of the pilgrim way
Exploring myst’ry’s sacred realms,
Entwining darkness with the day.

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Spirit of All Freedom

From the Boundless Life collection

Spirit of all freedom,
Mystery unconfined,
Breaking bondage,
Freeing mind,
Life-force we embrace.

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Topics: Arts and Music, Spiritual Exploration & Practice, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe. Seasons & Special Events: Pentecost. Resource Types: Audio MP3, Hymns, and PDF Download.

French shootings

Hopeless to help in this violence, this crisis,
here in the focus of bloodshed and fear,
common humanity binds us together,
love at the centre, not hatred’s veneer.

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The Sun -Mary Oliver

Have you ever seen
anything
in your life
more wonderful

than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon

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Topics: Gratitude, Spiritual Exploration & Practice, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 7: Integrity of the Earth. Seasons & Special Events: Earth Day. Resource Types: Poetry.

From Good Friday’s gruesome darkness

From the Boundless Life collection

From Good Friday’s gruesome darkness
To the rise of Easter Morn
Lies a path beyond our coyness,
Path that holds the newly born.

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Topics: Arts and Music, Spiritual Exploration & Practice, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe. Seasons & Special Events: Easter and Holy Week. Resource Types: Audio MP3, Hymns, and PDF Download.
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