Saturday, July 23, 2005

god is everywhere present & always at risk

“The heart of a faith for the 21st century,
I am convinced,
is suggested by the 7th Principle…
Hidden in this apparently uncomplicated, uncontroversial, innocuous statement
is a radical theological position.
The 7th Principle calls us to reverence before the world,
not some future world,
but this miraculous world of our everyday experience.
It challenges us to understand the world
as reflexive and relational
rather than hierarchical.
It bespeaks a world in which neither god nor humanity is at the center;
in which the center is the void,
the ever fecund matrix out of which being emerges…
It calls us to trust the process,
the creative, evolving, renewing, redeeming process
which brings us into being,
which sustains us in being,
and which transforms our being.
It offers a vision of a world in which the holy,
the sacred is incarnated in every moment,
in every aspect of being,
a world in which God is always fully present,
and in which God is always fully at risk.”
--the Rev. Prof. David Bumbaugh

3 Comments:

At 8:26 AM, Blogger Tamara said...

Love this. Thanks.
T

 
At 5:08 AM, Blogger Roger Kuhrt, PhD said...

I thought you would enjoy this:

NOTHING'S A GIFT

Nothing's a gift, it's all on loan.

I'm drowning in debts up to my ears.

I'll have to pay for myself

with my self,

give up my life for my life.



Here's how it's arranged:

The heart can be repossessed,

the liver, too,

and each single finger and toe.



Too late to tear up the terms,

my debts will be repaid,

and I'll be fleeced,

or, more precisely, flayed.



I move about the planet

in a crush of other debtors.

some are saddled with the burden

of paying off their wings.

Others must, willy-nilly,

account for every leaf.



Every tissue in us lies

on the debit side.

Not a tenacle or tendril

is for keeps.



The inventory, infinitely detailed,

implies we'll be left

not just empty-handed

but handless too.



I can't remember

where, when, and why

I let someone open

this account in my name.



We call the protest against this

the soul.

And it's the only item

not included on the list.


Translated by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh

Cheerfully, Roger Kuhrt

 
At 5:14 AM, Blogger Roger Kuhrt, PhD said...

So, ya want to know who wrote that poem? Recockulous Me! Here is more info that you wanted:

Wislawa Szymborska BIOGRAPHY
Wislawa Szymborska, recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize for Literature, was born in Bnin, Poland to Anna Rottermund and Wincenty Szymborski. Her father died when she was thirteen. In order to avoid tranportation to a labor camp in Germany she worked for a railroad company as a official. She was educated at the Jagiellonian University where she studied Polish literature and sociology.
Her literary debut was made with the poem "I Seek the Word," and her first volume of poetry, DLAGTEGO ZYJEMY, was published in 1952. She has since repudiated the work she produced between 1953 and 1954 because it was subjected to Communist censorship. During that time she was also writing a review column for the weekly ZYCIE LITERACKIE. She contributed to the underground publications ARKA and KULTURA. One of the few women to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, Szymborska has published 16 collections of poetry.
CHRONOLOGY
1923 She was born in Bnin, Poland.
1926 She moved with her family to Torun.
1931 She moved to Krakow.
1936 Her father died.
1943 She worked for a railroad company.
1945 She began studying at the Jagiellonian University.
1952 DLAGTEGO ZYJEMY; She became a member of the Polish Writers' Union.; She joined the part PZPR.
1953 She began working for the weekly ZYCIE LITERACKIE.
1954 PYTANIA ZADAWANR SOBIE
1957 WOLANIE DO YETI
1962 SOL
1964 WIERSZE WYBRANE; She received the Jurczykowski's Foundation Prize.
1966 WIDOK Z ZIARNKIEM PIASKU. 102 WIERZE
1967 STO POCIECH, POEZJE WYBRANE
1970 POEZJE
1972 WXZELKI WYPADEK
1973 WYBOR WIERSZY, LEKTURY NADOBOWIAZKOWE
1976 WIELKA LICZBA, TARSJUSZ I INNE WIERSZE
1981 She became a member of the editorial staff of the magazine PIZMO.
1983 POEZJE WYBRANE II
1986 LUDZIE NA MOSCIE
1988 She helped initiate the Polish Writers' Association.
1990 She was awarded Kalenbach's Foundation Prize.
1991 She was awarded the Goethe prize.
1993 KONIEC I POCZA, TEK
1995 She was awarded the Herder prize.
1996 She received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
1998 POEMS NEW AND COLLECTED 1957-1997

Cheerfully, Roger Kuhrt

 

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