The Divine Dynamic: Exploring the Relationships Between Humans, Earth, and the Creative Power of the Universe

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In this series of short reflections suitable for individual and group use, Jesuit author John Surette uses passages from the Scriptures to explore how humans are part of what he calls "The Divine Dynamic" of the Universe. This book challenges the way we think about God, the planet of which we are a part, and the ways we relate to one another.

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Overview

In this series of short reflections suitable for individual and group use, Jesuit author John Surette uses passages from the Scriptures to explore how humans are part of what he calls "The Divine Dynamic" of the Universe. This book challenges the way we think about God, the planet of which we are a part, and the ways we relate to one another.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780879464332
  • Publisher: ACTA Publications
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 142
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 7

I The Promise of More 9

II Mystics with a Small "M" 27

III The Immensities 41

IV Soul Size 55

V Interface 73

VI The Cosmic Banquet 89

VII Eco-justice 101

VIII Domains of Emergence 113

IX The Planetary Human 127

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

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    Humans+Earth+Universe

    John Surette is a Jesuit priest involved in eco-spirituality and eco-justice groups, including Spiritearth, of which he is co-founder. He worked for many years as a chemistry teacher, adult religious educator, and community organizer. The Divine Dynamic is a book of reflections on the relationship between humans, the Earth, and the creative power of the Universe. It is presented in nine parts covering the promise of more, the cosmic banquet, and the planetary human. Each part consists of a short introduction followed by 6 to 8 titled reflections. The reflections open with a passage from scripture and include applications for today's culture. For example, the chapter on the cosmic banquet begins with a definition: this banquet is a celebration of existence, something familiar to primordial and indigenous peoples but often difficult for others. In order to participate fully, we need, first, to sense "the beauty and terror as well as the interconnectedness of the Universe," Surette writes. That involves allowing ourselves to be overwhelmed by the mystery we find when looking into the eyes of other creatures and "entering into inter-subjective relationships with other life forms." The first reflection in this chapter deals with the parable of the prodigal son. Surette draws attention to the possible effect on the son when his father refuses to allow him to enumerate his sins and ask for forgiveness. Being unable to let go of his list of sins might have interfered with the son's ability to appreciate the joy and love of his father and friends. Bringing the issue into our time, Surette suggests that the only way we can enjoy the banquet of justice, peace, and love awaiting us is through awareness of God's unconditional love, "given to us regardless of what we have written on our lists." Another reflection on the cosmic banquet addresses our call "to be nutritious and flavorful so that others can taste and see God in their experiences of us." One way to answer the call is to develop the virtue of respect. Surette writes that young people today use the term to mean look at me, look beyond the surface, see my uniqueness. If we can discover the beauty, mystery, and nobility of the Universe, we will provide nourishment and flavor for those we join at the cosmic banquet.

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