Heartbeat is in search of people, young and old, who are wanting to make a pilgrimage to deepen their spiritual journey and enhance their efforts towards healing and transformation in the world. If you or someone you know are interested in a scholarship, please consider the opportunities below. Application deadline is 7 April, 2015.
Program fees include lodging, meals, and curriculum.
Iona Program Scholarship
19-25 September, 2015 | $750 Award | Isle of Iona, Scotland
Casa del Sol is a little spirituality center in the high desert of New Mexico. It is committed, as our vision statement says, to “seeking the oneness of the human soul and the healing of creation.” At its service of blessing in 2006, we gathered in the courtyard of the old hacienda and sounded a large set of wind chimes in the four directions—south, west, north, and east. From the whole earth we were seeking the Spirit of new beginnings. As the chimes rang out in each of the four cardinal direc- tions, Jim Baird, our director of program, recited words from the prophecy of Isaiah: “I am about to do a new thing. Now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19). By the time we got to the east, the direction of light and fresh beginnings, Jim’s voice carried powerfully over the desert landscape, “I am about to do a new thing. Now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it?”
He was saying, however, that if we assume that the Holy Wind of new beginnings can only come through our existing religious and cultural traditions, then we will likely miss the new thing.
Paul Tillich, the great German theologian who as early as the 1950s was prophetically announcing God as Ground of being, preached on these words from Isaiah. In his sermon, he said that as long as we think the new thing can only come through the old thing, then we will likely miss the new thing. He was not saying that the new thing cannot come through the old thing. He was not saying, for instance, that the new consciousness of earth’s oneness cannot be born from within the inherited language and thought forms of our religion and culture. He was saying, however, that if we assume that the Holy Wind of new beginnings can only come through our existing religious and cultural traditions, then we will likely miss the new thing. “It is not the old which creates the new,” he said. “All we can do is to be ready for it.” How do we get ready to open to the new Pentecost, to the new thing that the Spirit is doing in the earth and the human soul?
A New Harmony (Jossey-Bass: San Francisco) 170-171.
The music debut of the new version of Ground of All Being at Ghost Ranch on July 25, 2014. Lyrics by John Philip Newell and music arrangement from Davide E. Poole.
The setting for the official launch of The Rebirthing of God could not have been better. Speaking from the Agape Center which is nestled between Ghost Ranch’s iconic Chimney Rock and Kitchen Mesa, John Philip Newell offered reflections on the process of writing The Rebirthing of God, thanks for the support of family and friends as well as insights into the inspiration for this latest work.
The event began with music from his youngest son Cameron playing the fiddle, and Ghost Ranch college staffer, Hallie Parkins on the cello. Marissa Danney, Ghost Ranch Chaplain and former Heartbeat Scholar offered a stirring introduction, fittingly using the metaphor of childbirth as a backdrop to the experience of reading The Rebirthing of God.
Setting the stage for the purpose for writing the book, John Philip spoke of the “seismic collapse” happening within Western Christianity, and offering a bright and hopeful vision for what is at the same time being reborn:
I am writing this book on the isle of Iona. Or, more exactly, in my imagination I am on Iona as I write this book. Legend has it that this little island in the Hebrides was the birthplace of Christianity for Scotland in the sixth century. It was a place of new beginnings for a whole nation and for many people well beyond the bounds of this land. Since then it has been a place of pilgrimage to which tens of thousands come from the four corners of the earth every year seeking new birth. They come longing for healing for themselves and for their families. They come searching for signs of a way forward for their cherished homelands and for the one home to which we all belong, the earth.
So this is a good place to write about rebirthing. It has witnessed the spiritual birth throes of many before us and it will witness them again, if we come seeking. In The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings, I invite us to imagine what new birth would look like in our lives individually and collectively. Specifically, I invite those of us who belong to the Christian household—whether in its well- defined bounds of practice and belief or on its disenchanted edges of inheritance and doubt—to dream together of a reborn Christianity that might again carry great blessing for the world and usher in the emergence of a new well-being for the earth.
Lace up your boots!
Heartbeat has 17 scholarships available to subsidize expenses for pilgrims to attend the following events:
- $250 Ghost Ranch: Rebirthing of God July 21-27
- $50 Minneapolis Pilgrimage for Change August 1-3
- $500 Iona Pilgrimage September 20-27
Applications must be submitted by midnight May 23, 2014. A Heartbeat Board of Directors Selection Committee will review applications and announce awards by June 25, 2014. Every effort will be made to ensure a healthy diversity of age, race, ethnicity and gender. Scholarships will be awarded by transferring funds to the organization hosting each event.
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