Segments in this Video

New Creation Mythology: Co-Creation (03:38)


Sister Joan Chittister discusses a "new spirituality," one that emerges from the concept of responsibility for co-creation with God. God in an integration of male and female qualities. She argues that Christianity has been masculine for 2000 years.

Revision of Spiritual Notions About God (03:42)

Retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong calls for a reformulation of basic notions about spirituality and human nature. Dr. James Forbes Jr. speaks about the need for revising our notions about God and the co-creative process.

Human Responsibility of Co-Creation (03:38)

When humans take responsibility for co-creating with God, so will they take responsibility to be stewards of the earth and its creatures. As co-creators, humans also have the power to destroy the earth.

Christian Faith (03:21)

The Christian faith gives a retired bishop the courage to embrace the radical insecurity of the world and to continue to walk forward. Christians accept three interrelated aspects of God--the triune God.

Role of the Holy Spirit (01:52)

Religious leaders share their views of the Holy Spirit. It is that spirit that helps Christians "be all that they can be" in the world. The Holy Spirit may be the wave of the future of Christianity.

Christianity: Importance of the Holy Ghost (03:14)

Christians choose one of the God elements of the Trinity focus and contemplation. Early Americans focused on God the Father whereas evangelicals taught the gospels of Jesus. Today, a trend towards the Holy Ghost gains popularity.

Holy Spirit: Breath of God (02:15)

The Holy Spirit is associated with breath. One can breathe in all the blessings and then breathe out into the world where the blessings become tangible. Focusing on breathing is an effective way to calm the mind and connect with the Spirit.

Theology and Depletion of Earth's Resources (02:53)

Historically, the theology of domination gave humans the notion and the power to destroy Earth's resources without paying the costs. Individual behavior affects generations into the future, as each person co-creates the world.

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A Spirituality of Co-Creation: Partnering with God

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Traditional monotheistic religions are characterized by a hierarchical model in which a paternalistic deity, assisted by ascended saints and angelic beings, oversees the unfolding drama of life on Earth. This program questions the suitability of that model to the challenges of the 21st century as it presents the idea that humankind should step forward to accept greater responsibility for its own actions while becoming more attuned to the transpersonal creative energies at play in the universe. Participants include Sister Joan Chittister; retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong; James Forbes Jr., of New York City’s Riverside Church; Boston University’s Stephen Prothero; the Reverend Scotty McLennan, Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University; and B. Alan Wallace, of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. (28 minutes)

Length: 28 minutes

Item#: BVL39593

ISBN: 978-1-60467-559-7

Copyright date: ©2007

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