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Are We Cyborgs?

by Ilia Delio, OSF

The cyborg symbolizes the extension of nature into new forms. Cyborgs indicate that the old mechanistic framework is giving way to something new.  They destabilize our fixed understandings of nature because the cyborg has as much affinity with technology as it does with wilderness.

Cyborgs, therefore, are hybrid entities that are neither wholly technology nor completely biological and have the potential not only to disrupt persistent dualisms but also to refashion our thinking about the theoretical understanding of the body as a material entity and a discursive process.

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A New People for a New World: Further Reflections on Christmas 

by Ilia Delio, OSF

As we ponder the meaning of birth and new life this Christmas, consider the radicality of divine love—boundary crossing, trans-human love—a love not focused on sin but a singularity of love that can heal all wounds if it becomes our love with a radical openness to new life.

Jesus of Nazareth was, for all practical purposes, a “trans-human.” He shattered the limits of Jewish law and ritual through a deep conscious awareness of God Omega and created a new form of community centered on the dynamic presence of God’s in-dwelling love.  Jesus spoke of a new kin-dom or family of brothers and sisters united in a new set of values and a new code of ethics centered on forgiveness and reconciliation.

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Radical Incarnation: A Christmas Appeal

by Ilia Delio, OSF

We are once again in the season of waiting—patient waiting—a virtue the consumer culture has abandoned. However, we are not waiting for something but for someone; we are waiting for God to arrive in the person of Jesus Christ.

But wait—didn’t God already come in the birth of Jesus?  Isn’t this the heart of Christmas? So what are we waiting for?  When I ask this question to different people, I often get the same bewildered look that says “I don’t know what I am waiting for.” We have an ontological gap in our faith. We believe but we are not quite sure what we believe—because if we truly believe what we say we believe as Christians, we would have a very different world.

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Evolution and Radical Love

by Ilia Delio, OSF

Many people ask, why is it necessary to pay attention to science? What does religion have to do with science? It is startling to read that, according to a recent Gallup poll, less than forty percent of the American public is familiar with the basics of modern science. To the popular mind, science is completely inimical to religion: science embraces facts and evidence while religion professes faith in God. However, the Christian faith contains deep truths with philosophical consequences that make conceivable the mind’s exploration of nature, including the human’s place in creation, the revealing nature of God and the ways in which God freely creates.

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Can A Thinking Heart Make Us Whole?

by Ilia Delio, OSF

The volatility of the news is a good indicator of the unstable forces that are impacting our world today. A drop of 850 points on the NASDAQ and it seems like we are treading on a global land mine.  Be careful where you walk or what button you push–you may lose everything. The recent sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church has destabilized the credibility of the Church and perhaps made faith in a loving God ever the more fragile.  Who can we trust?  How are we to think in these troubled times and, more so, what are we to think about?  What should we hope for?

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A Welcome Address From The New Executive Director

by Gregory Hansell

Greetings! I am Gregory Hansell, the new and first Executive Director of the Omega Center. I’m honored and thrilled to join you all at this exciting and crucial moment for both the Center and our divisive world. So let me say first “Thank you!” to Ilia, the Omega Center board and team, and all of you who have already welcomed me so graciously and kindly. This is a time of great progress at the Omega Center and considerable foment on our troubled planet. I believe Ilia Delio’s profound vision of wholeness—the bridging of science and spirituality, world religions, and contemplative knowing within the grand cosmic deepening of divine love and consciousness—can help heal our world and lead us to a new era of spiritual celebration and human flourishing.

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The Boundless Body Of Christ

by Br. Ivan Nicoletto, OSB Cam

With a myriad of terrestrial living beings we are one aspiring flesh, which wants to keep itself alive, which is moved by the same striving for fulfillment and wholeness. With them we share the same hunger and thirst to thrive, to enjoy, to grow, to communicate, and to feel. We are inhabited and moved by desires as the primordial expressions of the flesh of the world.

Desire tells us that we are not only propelled by primary needs such as food, housing, clothing, or things we can possess, manage, and define. We are driven by a desire beyond desire that shines in an amazing way in the life of Jesus Christ.

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CHURCH AS AN EVOLVING LIFE-SYSTEM: BOTTOM-UP AS WELL AS TOP-DOWN ORGANIZATION

by Fr. Joe Bracken

Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church” (Mt. 18:16).  Throughout most of its long institutional history, the Roman Catholic Church has prided itself on the stability of its mode of operation.  Decisions by and large have been made from the top-down: from the Pope and Vatican officials to the regional bishop with his staff and finally to the pastor of the local parish and his staff in dealing with individual parishioners. This hierarchically ordered structure of authority guarantees fidelity to Church tradition, a sense of corporate unity here and now, and a stable outlook for the future.
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RECONSTRUCTING WHOLENESS

by ED BACON

Transgender experiences are teaching us a great deal when we have learning hearts. I deeply appreciate the reality that our transgender siblings in the human family share about being “assigned” one binary identity that doesn’t match one’s inner reality. That one profound facet of the transgender journey has helped me understand the “trans” nature of my own theological, spiritual, and religious narrative. Being assigned one identity when your inner reality is quite different also sheds light on why I felt compelled to attend the first Omega Center national conference in Kansas City in July.

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SCHISM OR EVOLUTION?

by ILIA DELIO

Something momentous is happening in our midst. The concerted efforts to oust Pope Francis are deeply tied to the perverted crisis of abuse embedded in ecclesiastical power structures.  While some may spiritually rely on Julian of Norwich’s “all shall be well”, the fact is, all is not well and will not be well unless the Church undergoes a deconstruction of power and authority and a reconstruction along new lines of inclusivity and integrated systems.

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