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God Our Mother is a new song by husband and wife musicians Michael and Lisa Gungor. According to their website…

God our Mother is part of an experimental art collective known as ‘The Liturgists.’ The contemplative music is written by Michael and Lisa Gungor in collaboration with Rachel Held Evans and Rob Bell, among others.

The Liturgists http://gungormusic.com/2014/04/the-liturgists/

About this song, they say…

Created in honor of Mother’s Day, God our Mother is a liturgy that explores both the scriptures that speak of God in a maternal context and the limits of human language in describing an infinite God.

God Our Mother includes an apophatic contemplative meditation. Apophatic disciplines seek to push beyond language and rational thinking in the context of God’s Holiness, and can be very powerful. For this reason, we recommend that spiritual practices like apophaticism are best moderated through scripture, tradition, and some form of spiritual community.

released 06 May 2014
http://theliturgists.bandcamp.com/album/god-our-mother

Listen to the song featuring Nichole Nordeman and Lisa Gungor, here:

Lyrics:

God our Father
Giver of daily bread

Blessing our hands and covering our heads 

God our Mother

Leading us into peace

Drawing and comforting all those in need 


Hallowed, hallowed be thy name

Hallowed, hallowed be thy name 

Hallowed, hallowed be thy name in all the earth

On his website, Michael Gungor also tells his readers that…

“he went on a “spiritual pilgrimage” in September 2010 that incorporated a week to Italy and a week to Spain. Gungor states: ”The first week was a week of silence and meditation at a spiritual retreat that I found by googling ‘best spiritual retreats in the world.’” He said that he went on this pilgrimage because he was “on the brink” and “didn’t really know what [he] believed in.” Gungor began his journey with a trip to the Vatican where he heard the Pope speak: “not a bad way to start out my spiritual journey. Made me want to be Catholic actually.” After this, Gungor caught a flight to Assisi and on the flight he ”listened to a couple Rob Bell sermons on [his] ipod.” Gungor explains that the retreat was ”a cross religious retreat, so they had statues of Mary in the room next to a Buddha next to a Hindu something or other.” Part of the week of silence included times called “prayer movements,” where participants ”slowly wav[ed] [their] arms around, turning in circles and kneeling in the grass . . . It was a lot of ‘now the river that gave us everything is taking everything back’ kind of stuff.””

-Letter to the Editor: Tens of Thousands Introduced to Contemplative Advocates Gungor and David Crowder at Greg Laurie’s Harvest Crusade
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=9848

Even music that is called Christian and sounds beautiful can contain a muddy spiritual message.

RELATED:

Is God male or female?
http://www.gotquestions.org/God-male-female.html

Is God Male According to the Bible?
http://carm.org/is-god-male-according-to-the-bible

UPDATED: NEW:

Baptist Church Cancels Gungor Concert for Rejecting Genesis as Literal
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=15886

CHRISTIAN RADIO STATION PULLS OUT OF MICHAEL GUNGOR CONCERT
http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/08/christian-radio-station-pulls-out-of-michael-gungor-concert/

CHRISTIAN SINGER MICHAEL GUNGOR MAKES MORE OUTRAGEOUS CLAIMS
http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/09/christian-singer-michael-gungor-makes-outrageous-claims/

“I’M SORRY THIS HAS HURT YOU.” GUNGOR PULLS OUT OF POWER OF ONE
http://standupforthetruth.com/2014/09/im-sorry-this-has-hurt-you-gungor-pulls-out-of-power-of-one/

MICHAEL GUNGOR’S “LITURGISTS” GROUP CHARGING 100 PEOPLE $300 TO QUESTION CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE
http://standupforthetruth.com/2015/06/michael-gungors-liturgists-group-charging-100-people-300-to-question-christian-doctrine/

Also related:

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PIONEER DON FRANCISCO DEPARTS FROM BIBLICAL INERRANCY
http://standupforthetruth.com/2015/07/contemporary-christian-music-pioneer-don-francisco-departs-from-biblical-inerrancy/

***NEW 2015: See who else is singing the praises of Gungor:
Willow Creek’s “The Practice” blends New Age & Catholic mysticism
http://bereanresearch.org/willow-creeks-the-practice-blends-new-age-catholic-mysticism/

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Is Rick Warren confusing the environmental movement with Christianity?

A Greener Spirit: Evangelicals Embrace “Creation Care”
http://environment.change.org/blog/view/a_greener_spirit_evangelicals_embrace_creation_care

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The Mennonite Weekly Review is promoting interfaith communion with Mother Church and Mother Earth this Thanksgiving.

The harvest of communion: Gathering souls and saints
By Andrea Ferich

I am a farmer, and I am interfaith, deeply forged by the changing seasons. During November, we remember our communion with the land, all creation, the sainthood of those who nourish us.

One might be surprised to hear that Camden, NJ is a place to find the interlocking rhythms of Mother Church and Mother Earth.

When toilets are flushed or trash is thrown away, it comes to my neighborhood in Waterfront South. This place where the land is broken and the bodies are shed are places where we must work out our theology of justice. Jesus lived accordingly so, and we follow him in communal commitments.

More here:

http://www.mennoweekly.org/blog/2010/11/23/harvest-communion-gathering-souls-and-saints/

[Andrea Ferich is director of sustainability at the Center For Environmental Transformation (http://camdencenterfortransformation.org), a Roman Catholic environmentalist justice center.]

Related:

Will Obama Give Credit to God this Thanksgiving?
https://muddystreams.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/will-obama-give-credit-to-god-this-thanksgiving/

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The enemy knows that if the emerging new spirituality doesn’t destroy the church, the re-imagining of God’s Word and replacing it with a lie will.

An upcoming pastors conference this May 4-7, 2010 at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. will include a workshop that may encourage Christian pastors to compromise and devalue God’s inerrant Word by teaching them how to introduce the theory of evolution into their churches. The theme for Pastors’ Conference 2010 is Wonder and Devotion: Bringing Science and Faith Together for the Church.

Workshops include:

Paul Teel: Gradual Change: Introducing Evolution to the Church

Too often, Christians receive the message that they must choose between science (especially evolution) and the Bible. This workshop will look at ways to gently remove this false choice from the church—and will include a consideration of those in their high school years.

-http://conferences.regent-college.edu/pastors/speakers.php

This is a common but troubling trend we are seeing within post-modern Christianity.

As the late Dr. Henry Morris said…

“…it is impossible to devise a legitimate means of harmonizing the Bible with evolution. We must conclude, therefore, that if the Bible is really the Word of God (as its writers allege and as we believe) then evolution and its geological age-system must be completely false. Since the Bible cannot be reinterpreted to correlate with evolution, Christians must diligently proceed to correlate the facts of science so with the Bible.”

Henry Morris, Ph.D. , Evolution and the Bible
http://www.icr.org/article/evolution-bible/

Why introduce a theory into the church that opposes what God’s Word already tells us about the way it all happened in the beginning?

Watch:

Evolution vs Creation : # 7 Earth Millions of years old?

Update:

*Also note:

“Teel says that while Genesis takes an approach to nature that is more scientific than competing creation stories, it is not a treatise on natural science; its purpose is theological.

He tells his students at PCS that Christianity is fully compatible with the view that evolution is the best available explanation for the development of life on earth.”

Battling caricatures in science debate
http://www.canadianchristianity.com/bc/bccn/0110/i03battling.html

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Here is a collection of Earth Day Links:

http://www.crossroad.to/News/Seasonal/earth-day.htm

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Earth Day at 40: God goes green

Earth Day’s 40th anniversary arrives on April 22 with people of faith promoting environmentalism more than ever — and others revering nature to the extent that some wonder if ecology is a new religion. Yet for Christians, in particular, the concept of “creation care” is allowing them to find common ground on environmental protection.

Historically, environmental advocacy by Christians and other believers has been complicated by the varied political, social and moral layers within the movement. “Creation care” is an idea that has encouraged Christians, most notably conservative evangelicals, to embrace good stewardship of the Earth without buying into left-leaning environmentalism or any implication of nature worship.

More here:

http://www.religionlink.com/tip_100413.php

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Evolution Professor Receives Spirituality Award

Prof. Francisco Ayala receives 2010 Templeton Prize

This year’s $1.5 million Templeton Prize has gone to Francisco Ayala, an ordained Catholic priest and professor of evolutionary biology.

Ayala, 76, is widely known for defending the compatibility of Christianity and evolution. Originally ordained as a Catholic priest, Ayala left his native Spain in the early 1960s to study biology at New York’s Columbia University. He currently serves, among other roles, as professor of biological sciences, ecology, and evolutionary biology at the University of California–Irvine.

The Templeton Prize, founded by the late Sir John Templeton and currently valued at £1,000,000 (approximately $1.5 million), is awarded annually to “a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.” Among the previous winners of the prize are Mother Teresa (1973), Billy Graham (1982), Chuck Colson (1993), and the late evangelist Bill Bright (1996). We have profiled several honorees, including Bernard d’Espagnat (2009) and Michael Heller (2008).

As primary author of the National Academy of Science’s anti-creation manifesto Science, Evolution, and Creationism, Ayala has been at the forefront of the creation–evolution controversy and the battle over public school science education. The Los Angeles Times reported that upon accepting the award, Ayala said he had been recognized for “making people accept science, and making people accept evolution in particular.” Consider these further representations of Ayala’s views from various interviews:

More here:

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2010/03/26/evolution-professor-award

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