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THE NEW COSMOLOGY. A CONTEXT FOR THE IGNATIAN EXERCISES PART TWO. Presentation by the Janet and Ron Nimer at the CLC National Assembly, July 2004. THE UNIVERSE AS STORY. PROVIDES A NEW LENS THROUGH WHICH REALITY CAN BE VIEWED AND INTERPRETED.

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the new cosmology

THE NEW COSMOLOGY

A CONTEXT FOR THE IGNATIAN EXERCISES

PART TWO

Presentation by the Janet and Ron Nimer at the CLC National Assembly, July 2004.

the universe as story
THE UNIVERSE AS STORY
  • PROVIDES A NEW LENS THROUGH WHICH REALITY CAN BE VIEWED AND INTERPRETED.
  • DIVINE PRESENCE ANIMATES CREATION AND EVOLUTION FROM WITHIN.
  • WE ARE ONE INTERDEPENDENT AND CONNECTED REALITY WITH ALL OF LIFE.
  • WE ARE ONE CREATION – SISTERS AND BROTHERS TO OTHER HUMANS, KIN TO ALL IN THE WEB OF LIFE.
the universe story as new cosmology
THE UNIVERSE STORY AS NEW COSMOLOGY
  • A NEW COSMOLOGICAL STORY GIVES PURPOSE AND MEANING TO OUR LIVES BY HELPING TO:
    • MAKE SENSE OF OUR INNER AND OUTER WORLDS
    • RECONNECT HUMANS WITH THEIR LONG EVOLUTIONARY AND EMERGING HISTORY
    • GIVE NEW MEANING TO RELATIONSHIPS
    • PROVIDE A NEW CONTEXT FOR A MORAL LIFE
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THE UNIVERSE AS STORY
  • THIS STORY TELLS US THAT HUMANS ARE:
    • CHILDREN OF A VAST UNIVERSE
    • A VERY NEW SPECIES
    • IN THE ADOLSCENT STAGE OF PSYCHIC, SOCIAL, AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
    • THE REFLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS OF EARTH AND THE UNIVERSE
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THE UNIVERSE AS STORY
  • HUMANKIND EMERGED FROM EARTH
  • EARTH IS OUR LARGER BODY
  • IN HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS, EARTH CONTINUES TO AWAKEN:
    • EARTH SEES, WHEN HUMANS SEE
    • EARTH REFLECTS, WHEN HUMANS REFLECT
    • EARTH CELEBRATES. WHEN HUMANS SING
    • THE GLORY OF GOD IS FULFILLED WHEN HUMANS AND EARTH ARE IN A RELATIONSHIP THAT IS MUTUALLY ENHANCING.
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THE UNIVERSE STORY AS NEW COSMOLOGY

THE BENEFITS:

- EXPANDS HORIZONS OF TRADITIONAL

BELIEF SYSTEMS AND THE DISCOVERIES

OF SCIENCE

  • OFFERS A MEMORY AND COMMON

UNDERSTANDING OF OUR ORIGIN

  • RECONCILES WHAT IS SEPARATED
  • RE-ESTABLISHES THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HUMANKIND AND NATURE
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THE UNIVERSE STORY AS NEW COSMOLOGY
  • FROM PERSPECTIVE OF SCIENCE:
    • MOVES US BEYOND MECHANISTIC NEWTONIAN PARTS MENTALITY.
    • THE EFFECTS OF THE WHOLE ARE GREATER THAN THE SUM OF THE PARTS
    • RECOGNIZES THE SEA OF ENERGY – THAT IS THE GROUND OF ALL THAT EXISTS
    • EVERYTHING COMES OUT OF MYSTERY
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THE UNIVERSE STORY AS NEW COSMOLOGY
  • FROM PERSPECTIVE OF RELIGION:
    • CORE BELIEFS OF ALL RELIGIONS SEEN

WITHIN WISDOM OF THE LARGER STORY

    • PROVIDES A FOUNDATIONAL CONTEXT FOR EXAMINING BELIEF SYSTEMS TO UNCOVER DEEPER MEANING
    • THE NATURE OF REALITY BECOMES BASIS FOR DOING THEOLOGY
    • AWAKENS US TO THE DIVINE IN ALL OF REALITY – GOD IN ALL THINGS
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THE UNIVERSE STORY AS NEW COSMOLOGY
  • THE BENEFITS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS:
    • FIND NEW MEANING AND PURPOSE FOR LIFE
    • IGNITE IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY
    • INSTILL A SENSE OF THE SACRED
    • BUILD JUST SOCIETIES
    • BIRTH A NEW CULTURE
    • BRING PEACE TO THE WORLD
    • RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH
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THE UNIVERSE STORY AS NEW COSMOLOGY
  • WE ARE ONE WITHIN THE DIVINE REALITY
  • HEAL ATTITUDES AND WOUNDS OF ALIENATION AND SEPARATION
  • ACHIEVE SPIRITUAL MATURITY ABOUT THE USE OF POWER
  • INVITES HUMANKIND TO BE CO-CREATORS OF THE REIGN OF GOD
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THE UNIVERSE STORY AS NEW COSMOLOGY

WE LIVE IN A WORLD THAT IS :

  • ALWAYS EVOLVING
  • ALWAYS BECOMING
  • ALWAYS IMMERSED IN CREATIVITY AND NOVELTY
  • ALWAYS PRESENTING NEW POSSIBILITIES
  • REALITY AND PERCEPTIONS ABOUT IT ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING
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THE UNIVERSE STORY AS NEW COSMOLOGY

GOD CONTINUOUSLY LABORS ON OUR BEHALF – IF WE LIVE IN GOD,

THEN IN US, GOD IS:

  • ALWAYS BECOMING
  • ALWAYS EMERGING
  • ALWAYS MANIFESTING GOD’S SELF IN NOVEL AND CREATIVE WAYS
  • ALWAYS TRANSFORMING AND SHAPING THE HUMAN SPIRIT
  • ALWAYS CALLING US INTO DEEPER UNION WITH GOD AND ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE.
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THE UNIVERSE STORY AS NEW COSMOLOGY

“ THE DAY WILL COME WHEN AFTER HARNESSING THE ETHER, THE WINDS,

THE TIDES, AND GRAVITATION,

WE SHALL HARNESS FOR GOD THE ENERGIES OF LOVE,

AND ON THAT DAY, FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, WE WILL HAVE DISCOVERED FIRE.”

Teilhard de Chardin

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THE NEW COSMOLOGY
  • SHARING QUESTION:
    • DO YOU EXPERIENCE A DISCONNECT OR INCONGRUENCE BETWEEN YOUR WORLDVIEW AND THE REALITY IN WHICH YOUR FIND YOURSELF?
    • IF SO, WHAT IS THAT DISCONNECT OR INCONGRUENCE AND HOW CAN THAT WORLDVIEW AND REALITY BE RE-INTEGRATED?
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THE NEW COSMOLOGY, A CONTEXT FOR THE IGNATIAN EXERCISESJuly, 2004Janet and Ron NimerBibliographical Sources
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about the presenters
About the Presenters
  • Ron and Janet Nimer
  • Janet and Ron Nimer have been members of the Nicholas Owen CLC in the St. Louis area for the past sixteen years. They have experienced the Ignatian Nineteenth Annotation Retreat in Everyday Life (the Bridges Program) as well as the follow-up two year Prayer Companions Program.
  • Janet has a spiritual companioning ministry and is currently a prayer guide in the Nineteenth Annotation Retreat. They are the parents of five daughters and have twelve grandchildren.