Audio recording with Ilia Delio and Cynthia Bourgeault
True love is fecundity, it’s generation, it’s outward moving — and at the same time it’s receptivity — we make space for the other, and allow that other to enter our world.
~ Ilia Delio
You don’t create oneness by eliminating diversity. You create oneness by increasing it within a flexible unity.
~ Cynthia Bourgeault
Ilia Delio and Cynthia Bourgeault enter into an engaging and lively conversation illuminating points brought forward in the vision and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and sharing some of their own related life experiences that support those views. Topics of their dialogue include the transformational power of kenotic and sacrificial love, the centrality of ‘personhood’ in our relationship to God, and the co-creative impact of human choices and action on the unfolding future toward Omega. The dialogue starts with Cynthia asking Ilia to elaborate on Teilhard’s premise of love as a universal force of attraction.
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This is an edited audio version of a recording made by Robbin Whittington of wisdomwayofknowing.org, captured at an evening session of a Teilhard-focused Wisdom School, January 8, 2017 in Tucson Arizona.
Ilia Delio, OSF is a Franciscan Sister of Washington, DC and American theologian specializing in the area of science and religion, with interests in evolution, physics and neuroscience and the import of these for theology. and the inspiration behind the Omega Center website. Please see our page dedicated to sharing Ilia’s background and expansive volume of work HERE.
Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault is an Episcopal priest, writer, and retreat leader. She is founding director of the Aspen Wisdom School, principal teacher for The Contemplative Society, a core faculty member of The Living School for Action and Contemplation, and an Omega Center partner. She is the author of nine books, including the most recent The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice. You can find out more about Cynthia and her work HERE.
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