Book Study Group

The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
By Fr. Richard Rohr with Mike Morrell


Authors:
Father Richard Rohr is a globally recognized teacher and the author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, and Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi. A Franciscan priest, he is the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC.org) and is Academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in Franciscan practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing themselves in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized. 

Mike Morrell is the Communications Director for the Integral Theology think tank Presence International, cofounder of The Buzz Seminar, and a founding organizer of the justice, arts, and spirituality Wild Goose Festival. He is also a futurist, an avid writer, freelance journalist, author coach, publishing consultant, and the curator of the book-reviewing community at TheSpeakeasy.info. You can read his ongoing exploration of Spirit, Culture, and Permaculture at MikeMorrell.org. Mike lives with his wife and two daughters in North Carolina. 


Summary:

God is not what most people think. Visions of an angry, distant moral scorekeeper or a supernatural Santa Claus handing out cosmic lottery tickets to those who attend the right church or say the right prayer dominate our culture. For many others, God has become irrelevant or simply unbelievable. The Divine Dance explores the early Christian image of the Trinity: perichoresis, a circle dance. The unending flow of giving and receiving between Father, Son, and Spirit is the pattern of reality. God is not only a dancer, but the Dance itself! We’re all invited to participate into the rhythms of New Creation. This book is a welcome meditation for long-time followers of Father Richard and a perfect introduction to his life and work for new readers. Drawing from familiar themes and introducing a number of hands-on practices, Fr. Rohr (with Mike Morrell) provides a new lens for transformative experiences with God.   Learn more and order the book at: http://thedivinedance.org
“Richard Rohr is one of the great spiritual masters of our time, indeed of any time. The Trinity will of course always remain a profound mystery, but after reading Father Rohr’s book, you will experience it as a mystery that can, and will, transform your life.” JAMES MARTIN, SJ – Author, Jesus: A Pilgrimage 


Schedule:
January 5- Book study begins, Forward and Introduction (pp 19-30)
January 12- Part 1: Wanted a Trinitarian Solution- Spiritual Paradigm Shift to Metaphors Be With You! (pp 35-48) 
January 19- No Gathering
January 26- Part 1- A Mirrored Universe to Reshaping Our Image (pp 49-67)
February 2- Part 1- Atomic Bonds to Distinct Union (pp 68-85)
February 9- Part 1- Tide Boxes at Kmart to Richard of St. Victor and the Joy Supreme (pp 86-101)
February 16- Part 1- The Paradox of Restlessness and Contentment to Next (pp 102-120)
February 23- Part 2: Why the Trinity? Why Now?- Three Reasons for Recovery to What About the Wrath of God (pp 121-139)
March 2- Part 2- Expanding Our Horizons to Interfaith Friendship (pp 140-159) 
March 9- No Gathering
March 16- Part 2- Do We Have to Talk About Sin? To The Wildest Wave Alive (pp 160-168) 
March 23- Part 2- Real Presence to The Great Attractor (pp 169-184)
March 30- Last Class- Part Three: The Holy Spirit (pp 185-195)