Spirituality Comes to Modern Day Christianity
Contemplative Spirituality: A belief system that uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness (the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult but is often wrapped in Christian terminology. The premise of contemplative spirituality is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all).
"They invited to the abbey ecumenically oriented Catholic theologians, an Eastern Zen master, Joshu Roshi Sasaki, who offered week long retreats on Buddhist meditation, and a former Trappist, Paul Marechal, who taught transcendental meditation. The interaction between these Christian monks and practitioners of Eastern meditation helped distill the practice of Christian contemplative prayer into a form that could be easily practiced by a diverse array of "non-monastic" believers: priests, nuns, brothers and lay men and women." by Joseph G. Sandman (America Magazine 9/9/00)
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Also see a meeting that took place in 1977.
The Gethsemani Encounter II (2002)
Unity? ... At What Cost?
In Richard Foster's Streams of Living Water, he says the following with regard to his vision for "a great gathering of the people of God:" "I see a Catholic monk from the hills of Kentucky standing alongside a Baptist evangelist ... I see a people." The "hills of Kentucky" is the Gethsemane Abbey.