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The Living Spiritual Teachers Project—
Who Are They and What Do They Have To Do With Christian Leaders Today?

Update: Recently the Living Spiritual Teachers Project was moved to a new web site, that of Spirituality and Practice and about 60 more names were added to the list. While some on the list may not know they are there, it is noteworthy that Quaker and Evangelical leader, Richard Foster, has been added to the list.
For more on this see our press alert.

 

This group of spiritual leaders is a group of approx. 21 80 individuals, ranging from Zen
Buddhist monks, homosexual mystics and universalists. Doesn't sound like they would be preaching the gospel, does it? Then why are Christian leaders like Brian McLaren and Eugene Peterson aligning themselves with the Living Spiritual Teachers?

Who Are These Spiritual Teachers?


View Their Pictures, Bios and the Quotes at:
The Living Spiritual Teachers Project

Marianne Williamson ***

Co-Founded the Global Renaissance Alliance (see chapter 6)

(now the Peace Alliance)

Marcus Borg
"The Christian life is not about pleasing God the finger-shaker and judge. It is not about believing now or being good now for the sake of heaven later."
(Brian McLaren has high regard for Borg.)

Joan Chittister
"To be contemplative we must become converted to the consciousness that makes us one with the universe, in tune with the cosmic voice of God."

PEMA CHODRON
A Buddhist nun

BARBARA CAWTHORNE CRAFTON
An Episcopal priest, spiritual director, and author

THICH NHAT HANH
A Buddhist monk

ANDREW HARVEY
(A favorite of Henri Nouwen)
"The future of the entire human race may depend on whether large numbers of the human race can now take the Direct Path into claiming humbly their divine humanity and acting from it in order to preserve the environment and see that justice is done to the poor and starving and depressed."

EDWARD HAYS
A Catholic priest-served as director of Shantivanam, a contemplative center in the Midwest

ALAN JONES (A favorite of Brian McLaren)
Says the doctrine of the Cross is a vile doctrine-Dean of Grace Cathedral (Episcopal) in San Francisco. Jones is author of Reimagining Christianity.

THOMAS KEATING
Contemplative prayer advocate

Harold Kushner
(author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People)
A Jewish Mystic
"Everything in God's world can be holy if you realize its potential holiness. . . . Everything we do can be transformed into a Sinai experience, an encounter with the sacred."

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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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 often wrapped in Christian terminology. The premise of contemplative spirituality is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all). Common terms used for this movement are "spiritual formation," "the silence," "the stillness," "ancient-wisdom," "spiritual disciplines," and many others.

Spiritual Formation: A movement that has provided a platform and a channel through which contemplative prayer is entering the church. Find spiritual formation being used, and in nearly every case you will find contemplative spirituality. In fact, contemplative spirituality is the heartbeat of the spiritual formation movement.