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Winter 2001 Edition




Arthur Paul Patterson's explores the continuing relevance of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Harvard Divinity Address for a new vision of spirituality.

Lorna Derksen's book response to Gerald May's Will and Spirit recommends how to turn our willfulness into willingness, to invite change and soften our hearts enough to receive the new wine of renewal.



Richard Geldard, author of The Esoteric Emerson, introduces the man and the philosophy behind the life-affirming words of the Harvard Divinity Address though his Interview with Watershed Online.



Looking at the familiar in new ways often revitalizes our experience. Ralph Waldo Emerson sometimes looked at a common field upside down and between his legs just to get a new perspective. Cal Wiebe, Linda Tiessen-Wiebe, Lyle Penner, Lorna Derksen and Dave Berg went to the Provincial Museum of Alberta's Anno Domini exhibit for a new-old look at the person of Jesus of Nazareth. They share how some of their ideas were tipped on their heads in a pictoral documentary of their trip.




Book Cafe

Jim Marion's recently published book The Mind of Christ excavates some of the causes behind rigid thought. Watershed Online has excerpted chapter six "Mythic Consciousness - Pre-adolescence" where he reveals the type of consciousness operative in those who oppose change vehemently. When spiritual ideas haven't evolved along with other cognitive developments we stay at a mythic stage incapable of critique or reworking our experience.

When wineskins burst the results may be explosive and sometimes dangerous. John Laughery's Book Cafe review of Karen Armstrong's The Battle for God defines fundamentalism's sense of inferiority and its fear of modernity. The answer is not in meeting aggression with aggression but with mutual understanding.

An excellent fictional example of a well meaning but colonial spirituality is found in The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver where fundamentalism and globalisation combine to blind a man and his entire family to the potential of spiritual renewal while in Africa. Cal Wiebe's review of Kingsolver's book asks us if our spirituality can be transformed by contact with those different from ourselves?


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