Agnostic Faith

When we consider the possibility that life exists on other planets in the entire universe, we consider what is required for the emergence of life in this world. As we cannot yet prove that life does in fact exist on other planets, the search for those life forms is an exploration much like that of the faithful who seek God and spirituality within themselves. And in this kind of line of reasoning, we begin to perceive the wisdom of agnosticism, the faith of an open mind towards possibilities not yet encountered.

Agnostic faith is different than atheist who believe that God does not exist. An agnostic is unlikely found persecuting those who believe in God in the name of science. They know through their own acts would render them as guilty as those who persecuted scientists in the name of spiritual belief. An agnostic will not ridicule a person who does not have faith that God exists, nor turn against those who do believe in God’s existence. They are able to understand parallel realism to listen and support the exploration of existence on both sides.

The mind of an agnostic is a paradox for those who believe that human mind can only sustain one belief system. An agnostic mind is a mind of a parallel relativist par excellence, as it can wander through all religious belief systems, finding no mistake of perception, or opposing belief systems.  The mind of an agnostic is not flat, but flourishes in the knowledge that the human mind has infinite potential for understanding. He or she will not say that the semantic content given to an independent object must be only one, but acknowledges that the perceived variations have been, are, and will be understood after timely evaluation.

Like a realist, able to enjoy all the riches of all cultures without confining his or her existence to only one of them, the agnostic can find the parallels between religious systems from, atheism to Hinduism, from Catholic or Sufi, from the natural world to nano science, etc. few stand out to embrace the many great paradoxes, possibly missed by those who live and practice only one faith. As an end note it should added that a person of any religious faith can embrace the diversity by saying “In this I have faith, and these things I know”, without losing one’s faith or rejecting another’s.

Whether you are attached to one faith and will never with change

or have changed many times but never satisfied

or simply on the journey,

do it any way which suits you, only please be tolerant!

peace on the planet.

 

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Eucharist

When the apostle John states that the “Word become flesh” it is jarring, how can that be? In his humanity, Jesus manifested absolute grace and truth, in such a way that people could contemplate all it takes to be divinely human. Doctrine encourages us to believe He is the One, come from the creator directly, no holding back, the whole Kahuna. His Christ love went beyond death. His Christ love was for all of humanity, better yet for each person.

The other day I was at mass just at the moment of the Eucharist where we receiver the host. That little flat wafer, into my mouth it went, down my throat etc. I love it! And all I could think of was, WOW if that little morsel of pure divinity could just change me! Presto! Silly childish thoughts perhaps, but as I was walking back to my seat I was thinking about the Mayan Corn God, His greatness is venerated for having given corn to the world, those divine kernels were cast out from the first cob and are replanted and eaten and shared over generations since the beginning of time. Are we celebrating anything so different? We are all connected like corn!

Holy Ground

More provocative words we have in the Bible

I AM WHO I AM, THE GOD WHO CAUSES TO BE………..

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New Catholic Icon

Thoughts and reflections

 

I have been a practicing Christian all my life and half of that time dedicated to the practice of painting (writing) icons. Biblical text, liturgy, and prayer are my source of strength and comfort, just like millions of people around the world. I would like to share some of the observations I have made while painting icons and at times disturbing reflections on our familiar Bible verses. Adam and Eve: the biblical text interpreted indicates Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, which of course became all women’s greatest sin, sexual sin. 1 Corinthians 14:34 : the new testament continues with verses that subvert women encouraging them to be “silent” in church and ultimately prohibiting them from serving in positions of authority, the like of which has effected every women’s place in society. In actuality it wasn’t until the fourth century that dominant Christian leaders, all men, twisted and distorted Holy Scriptures to thwart any ascendant positions for women within the religious hierarchy and in christian societies in general.

The underlying teachings of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, Moses and the prophets, Muhammad, and founders of other great religions – all call for the proper and equitable treatment of God’s children. I have always known in my heart and soul women are not inferior to men; without a doubt, God loves humanity equally. Tragically, we do not have to look too closely to see women have not been included the iconographers community until recently.

Now ironically,

Those who are graced with the desire to paint sacred text, have an obligation as prayer practitioners to re-examine how or why Women are not mentioned in the great feast days like Pentecost, at the last supper, or the baptism of Christ, etc. It is not God’s commandment that they are not heard of in text or seen in sacred image. When the feminine voice and new icon images introduced in today’s church community, the addition will benefit us all.

 

I understand why our church leaders are reluctant about stepping up to change the way the stories are told.

 

They will have to recognize that society two millenniums ago was primarily male dominated, to the exclusion of Women. They will have to redesign the sacred text, eliminating some harsh and unnecessary teachings which limit women and the power men have to dominate them. They will have to bend their doctrine and theology considerably, rejoice, there is ample evidence they have done so in the past. I am not a heretic, I am not even rebellious, I am asking for a simple review to rectify what we all are beginning to see as misguided behavior of the past, that mush change if we are to go into have a thriving church in the future.

Heretics are largely called heretics because

they question the authority of our accepted norms.

It will be no surprise to watch as our religious leaders and the traditions they preserve get aggravated as the atmosphere and status quo changes. In the time of the inquisition one million named heretics were murdered for thinking differently, hopefully we are past burning witches. In a growing age of tolerance, we can have open discussion and allow for change.

World leaders have recently published a statement that declares: “The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable.” It is time for the church “fathers” to draft a similar statement.

I am challenging all denominations within the christian church to re-frame part of Holy Scriptures which have justified the superiority of men over women. We are told we are One body in God, called to be One mind in Christ. Let us live into that reality where Christian women will served as deacons, priests, bishops, apostles, mystics, healers, teachers and prophets, etc. through image and word.

 

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Two Kinds of Message

There are some who say the traditional large christian denominations are dyeing. There are those who say the Baptist and evangelical communities are thriving. It might be better to ask why Chruch at all? Our interior movement can happen within or without church. The idea behind spirituality is to become part of something greater than ourselves as individuals. The community or Church body has the components and traditions to directs us towards a dynamic, alive, organized, intentional spiritual life and being part of that body essentially holds the teachings for abundant life.

Through church participation we might have learned to discover that, at our core, because of who you are, as a christian, you move into the world for the sake of the world and the good of all. For those who do not go to any denomination presently, your church going parents perhaps gave you their residual teachings which translate into some kind of moral baseline you act on out of habit and good sense. Either way, ritual and spiritual traditions teach us who we are, so we can be of service and example, the kind which serves not only our self but others.

Who is Jesus? Who is Christ?

Two questions, Whose are we?

How do we Know who we are?

The disciplines of prayer, liturgy, thinking, communion and study are  some of the fundamentals to reveal the Christ energy moving into the world.

Celebrated liturgies like Triduum, Easter Sunday, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, baptism, etc. are designed to draw us closer to God through communion, the kind of repetitive communion, predictable so that we might gradually glean the depth and breath of what is means to be a body of Gods people. Through liturgy we open ourselves, our heart, minds, soul, and body, to God and ultimately witness and receive the Holy Spirit. The Christ consciousness we see in the historical Jesus shows us the way, to live and behave with all the attributes clearly delineated and expressed.

If we are to be the “Christian” in this world, that means that we need to know Jesus in the story, learn who He is, who we are, and how and why we experiencing him moving around among us as Christ essence.

Why Church?

The Eucharist is the sacramental act, through which we are fed in remembrance of how the historical Jesus moved through the lives of his disciples. The story of how we are to live even in this day is mapped out for us in biblical story form. The story of Jesus illustrates ample descriptions of greed, waste and sloth. His life also illustrated generosity and power in healing those around him. He showed us what temptation and exhaustion looks like during his 40 days in the desert and days leading through “His passion”. The story has been told for 2,000 years and apparently it is not part of the plan to be forced to move in “His” direction. It is rather a choice to find our own Christ living within, it is the same Christ in everyone manifested in millions of small and large ways.

Perhaps the new church will be Our planet earth teaching us we are connected, as we verge on destroying its perfect design of harmony and balance. We may be coming to realize the magnificent perfect God energy in nature and one another and there find the new church. We may come by way of science or philosophy to the awareness we are all things, at all places and at the same time. If so GREAT! Many ways to get to the same place. In the mean time I will choose to go to church, like a women going to the well.

Be at peace. “Do unto others as other have done unto you,… love one another as I have loved you.. etc. You know the story, move in that direction.

 

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Icon Painting In Mexico

The idea of moving small particles of sand around with a brush to create a divine image is exhilarating, it is contemplative. Others find solace in yoga, meditation and prayer; I find it in icon painting. The practice requires considerable time and patience. The challenge lies in transmitting my peace, passion, fear, sadness or joy while abiding the artistic rules that govern traditional icon painting. This is an ancient language handed down from Byzantium times, 1,500 years ago.

Más información al 01 (442) 212 44 70 ó al museodeartesacrodequeretaro@gmail.com

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Some say, “It is a surprise to be here, or I know nothing about this kind of painting  or this is amazing”. It is a wonderful time out, there is no place to get to, only a chance to gaze into icon images with silent satisfaction. Keeping the mind still and focused while we see and listen “is” prayer. It could be someones first encounter with an icon and could be their last but one thing I am certain of, the experience is unforgettable. I am a rebel icon painter, self taught and un-orthodox but not without tremendous love of icons and an honest desire to share what creating them has taught me.

MUSEO DE ARTE SACRO DE QUERÉTARO, MÉXICO

May to August 1, 2017

Visit the website Museo de Arte Sacro de Querétaro. Ubicado en el Antiguo Hospital de los Hipólitos, en el centro histórico de la ciudad, el museo alberga una gran variedad de arte sacro que incluyen pinturas y esculturas que hacen un recorrido por la historia de la entidad, desde el punto de vista religioso. La historia del recinto comienza en 1586, cuando empezó a funcionar como un hospital de beneficencia, pero no fue sino hasta 1624 cuando la orden de los Hipólitos pidió al Rey, la administración del edificio. Para 1808, la capacidad del hospital quedó rebasada y su ubicación se convirtió en nociva, por lo que tuvo que cerrar. Con el transcurrir de los siglos, el edificio pasó por varias manos y remodelaciones, hasta que en septiembre de 2015 se convirtió en la sede oficial de este museo. Más información al 01 (442) 212 44 70

museodeartesacrodequeretaro@gmail.com y visita su página

www.museodeartesacroqro.org y síguelos en www.facebook.com/MuseoArteSaQro

In the downtown , the Museum of Sacred Art . We have a work on display in their upstairs gallery until end of July. The Museum is a lovely building of historic importance, owned by the diocese of Queretero and promises to offer new and exciting exhibitions.museodeartesacrodequeretaro@gmail.com visit their website www.museodeartesacroqro.org and follow them on www.facebook.com/MuseoArteSaQro

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Thoughts by Jimmy Carter about Women and Church

Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.

Well said Jimmy!

Bible verses claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and also responsible for original sin, paved the way for women being “subservient” to their husbands and prohibited from serving as priest, deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service.

This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women’s equal rights across the world for centuries.

At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities.

In Many Countries we know these things, and do very little to change it

In some Islamic nations, women are restricted in their movements, punished for permitting the exposure of an arm or ankle, deprived of education, prohibited from driving a car or competing with men for a job. If a woman is raped, she is often most severely punished as the guilty party in the crime.

The same discrimination of women lies behind the continuing gender gap in pay and why there are still so few women in office in the West. The root of this prejudice lies deep in our histories, but its impact is felt every day. It is not women and girls alone who suffer. It damages all of us. The evidence shows that investing in women and girls delivers major benefits for society. An educated woman has healthier children. She is more likely to send them to school. She earns more and invests what she earns in her family.

It is simply self-defeating for any community to discriminate against half its population. We need to challenge these self-serving and outdated attitudes and practices – as we are seeing in Iran where women are at the forefront of the battle for democracy and freedom

The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders.

Nelson Mandela former South African president brought together leaders to influence and  support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity. We have decided to draw particular attention to the responsibility of religious and traditional leaders in ensuring equality and human rights and have recently published a statement that declares: “The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable.

We are calling on all leaders to challenge and change the harmful teachings and practices, no matter how ingrained, which justify discrimination against women. We ask, in particular, that leaders of all religions have the courage to acknowledge and emphasis the positive messages of dignity and equality that all the world’s major faiths share.

Holy Scriptures used to justify the superiority of Men.

I am familiar with vivid descriptions in the Scriptures in which women are revered as pre-eminent leaders. During the years of the early Christian church women served as deacons, priests, bishops, apostles, teachers and prophets. It wasn’t until the fourth century that dominant Christian leaders, all men, twisted and distorted Holy Scriptures to perpetuate their ascendant positions within the religious hierarchy.

The truth is that male religious leaders have had – and still have – an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world. This is in clear violation not just of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but also the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, Moses and the prophets, Muhammad, and founders of other great religions – all of whom have called for proper and equitable treatment of all the children of God, both male and female. It is time we had the courage to challenge these views.

OBSERVER

Jimmy Carter was president of the United States from 1977 to 1981.

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Iconography workshops in Mexico

Más información al 01 (442) 212 44 70 ó al museodeartesacrodequeretaro@gmail.com

More on our website, Sacred Icon Retreat

 

Students say, “I’m surprised to be here, or I have no painting experience or this is amazing”. It is a wonderful time out, there is no place to get to, only a chance to gaze into your life with silent satisfaction. Keeping the mind still and focused while we see and listen “is” prayer. It could be someones first icon and could be their last but one thing I am certain of, the experience is unforgettable. I am a rebel icon painter, self taught and un-orthodox but not without tremendous love of icons and an honest desire to share what creating them has taught me

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