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“It’s all a question of story. We are in trouble just now because we do not have a good story. We are in between stories. The old story, the account of how the world came to be and how we fit into it, is no longer effective. We have not learned the new story.” —Thomas Berry

“Change the Story, Change the World” —Findhorn Foundation

What is the New Story?

We believe that the process of evolution including the further evolution of the human species is on-going, that the next step is the further evolution of consciousness, and that this step is urgent and necessary for our survival as a species and for the survival of the planet.

We believe the Earth and all Creation are sacred. Knowing that we are deeply interconnected with all Creation, we urgently seek to be transformed and to be agents of transformation in response to the crises of our time. Recognizing this truth and continuing to be led by the Inner Light and wisdom traditions, we are committed to active participation in this emerging consciousness.

The New Story as explored by Brian Swimme, Thomas Berry, Joanna Macy, and others is a integration of a new cosmology, deep ecology, and a non-visible realm variously named God, “the aliveness,” the All-Nourishing Abyss, the Implicate Order, the Light. We also look to the old stories to discover the timeless truths of the wisdom traditions of our and other faiths. Within this framework we seek to answer questions such as:

  • In the context of the New Story, what is God? Light? Reality? Consciousness? The self?
  • What are the habitual patterns of thought and behavior that hold me/us back from experiencing connection to all life on Earth?
  • How do we become agents for the transformation of consciousness?
  • What is the special contribution of our faith traditions to the New Story?
  • What is the contribution of the New Story to our faith traditions?

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Where We Are, Where We Are Going

At the last New Story Meeting on February 26, we had a creative discussion of Walter Wink’s chapter on “Unmasking the Domination System.” (For a copy see below.) Two queries were posed that open new directions for our group.

  1. How can I uncover the seeds of domination in myself?
  2. How does Wink’s theory of domination by Principalities and Powers integrate with the New Story as presented by Brian Swimme, Thomas Berry, and others?

We agreed to address the second query first by watching one of Swimme’s videos. Many of us began our journey into the New Story through watching his videos and would like to see them again with new eyes, and some of us have not seen them. Gwen Noyes offered to bring a video to our next meeting.

The first query is part of a personal quest for enlightenment. It was suggested that the techniques developed for undoing white supremacy could be adapted for undoing the domination system at both personal and systemic levels. We will return to this query when we read further into Wink’s work on the path to resistance.

I hope you can join us at our next meeting on March 26, when we continue this exciting journey.

Readings for New Story meeting

Monday, February 26, 2018

  1. How we got here one page.
  2. Institutions vs Individuals one page and a little more.
  3. Walter Wink’s “Unmasking the Domination System” Ten pages