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Time Out of Ordinary Time

Earlier this year, the whole world changed. Called out of a world we knew, we landed in “Time Out of Ordinary Time.” Everything was radically different; yet we didn’t even have a name for this universally shared human experience.

Some people regarded it as a kind of holiday; others felt robbed of a certain authority or dominion they had (or imagined they had) over a world that responded properly to their rightful desires. Many couples, families, and communities found, under the jagged layers of corrosive uncertainty, painful cracks in the foundations of relationships they believed were good and whole.

Without an explicit, shared tradition of stepping away from Ordinary Time, many people feel lost. We are people who like to know what is going to happen. We are not fond of uncertainty. As a culture we have no name, no tradition, no practices, tools, or rituals for living outside the familiar comforts of what we know.

We are blessed by those many spiritual traditions which have long recognized both the existence of and the need for Time Out of Ordinary Time. The Greeks, for example, have not only Chronos — time measured by the progression of minutes, hours, and days — but also Kairos, a time of ripening into a particular readiness. Jewish people practice Sabbath, one day out of seven intentionally lived Outside Ordinary Time. Muslims practice Ramadan, a month of fasting in which Muslims everywhere focus their minds and hearts on Allah, and less on the daily concerns of what to eat, and when, and how.

This e-course acknowledges that we as a people have been shaken out of the Trance of the Familiar — a seductive state of being where we are both a little bit awake and a little bit asleep. In this new kind of time, we will use some traditional sabbath practices and rituals to nourish and comfort us. We will also experience how we can dream together a new, different, kinder, gentler, and more beautiful world, one we can — and must — redefine as we step forward into a more nourishing, honest, and fruitful life in Ordinary Time.

Delivered via email on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for four weeks, this e-course includes:

  • Wayne Muller’s reflections on the challenges and opportunities offered by this pandemic Sabbath and what we want to bring from it into the world-we-wish-to-create;
  • Suggestions for sabbath spiritual practices that sustain, nourish, and delight;
  • An invitation to two one-hour Community Gatherings via Zoom, in which Wayne will talk further about the times in which we are living, and you will have an opportunity to share in both small groups and the larger group how you are experiencing it. These gatherings will be on Thursday, July 16 and Thursday, July 30, starting at 4 p.m. PT, 5 p.m. MT, 6 p.m. CT, 7 p.m. ET.
  • A Practice Circle forum available 24/7 to the worldwide community for this course to share insights and questions, with guidance from Wayne Muller.
  • Continuing access to the e-course materials, recordings of the Zoom gatherings, and access to the Practice Circle after the course ends.

Wayne Muller is an executive leadership mentor, therapist, minister, community advocate, consultant, public speaker, and bestselling author of several books. He has worked with people suffering abuse, alcoholism, poverty, illness, and loss. He consults with numerous community organizations, educational institutions, and healthcare corporations. He is the Co-Founder of Nuns and Nones, a cross-generational movement of Catholic Sisters and millennial activists, and founder of Bread for the Journey — a network of ordinary people who engage in grassroots, neighborhood philanthropy through micro-grants. You can learn more about him on his Living Spiritual Teacher profile.

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July 6, 2020
July 31, 2020
Spirituality & Practice