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The City of Go(l)d: Where do I study? (Part 2 of 4)

Posted by Curtis Love on Thursday, September 23, 2010, In : Spirituality 
 
This is a blog series where I want to introduce you a little into my life and work and share a few thoughts on transforming and being transformed (Part 2 of 4).



Though I live in Tshwane/Pretoria my part time Masters is completed in eGoli (the city of Gold) with St Augustines College. I am currently completing a Master of Philosophy in Pastoral Theology. The pictures above are taken from around the campus and inside the beautiful Chapel.


Why Pastoral Theology?
 
I am an Accompanist (or 'Pastor...
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Texts to live by: Let Your Life Speak (Part 2 of 5)

Posted by Curtis Love on Monday, August 30, 2010, In : Spirituality 
So I thought that I would share a few books that I have found helpful in my own life and perhaps pique your interest for considering them on your own journey. These book are primary around spirituality though perhaps at a later stage I will share some lists on theology or mission or philosophy or poetry or health. Here is part 2 of 5.
 

I have never met someone who has read this book and not counted it among their favourites. Parker Palmer is one of those rare kinds of authors. By his own admis...

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Texts to live by: Part 1of 5 (Body Prayer)

Posted by Curtis Love on Monday, August 23, 2010, In : Spirituality 
So I thought that I would share a few books that I have found helpful in my own life and perhaps pique your interest for considering them on your own journey. These book are primary around spirituality though perhaps at a later stage I will share some lists on theology or mission or philosophy or poetry. Here is part 1 of 5.


Body Prayer (By Doug Paggitt) 





This is a very simple but beautiful book has had a great impact on me over the last year and a bit as I have used it. I think you can see why...

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A Spirituality of the Landscape: Faithing Your Practices (Part 3)

Posted by Curtis Love on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, In : Spirituality 
The Spirituality of Exercise

 In about November last year I started road running. If all goes as hoped I will be running my first half-marathon on Saturday the 1st of May. Which will be pretty sweet. This is another weekly,simple and enjoyable thing which I do and so many of us do in various forms. In the pocess of running I have awakend to (or have been awakened by, I am not sure which one) the spirituality of it. I did not try to hard to force a 'spirituality of running', but rather while I ...
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A Spirituality of the Landscape: Faithing your Practices (Part 2)

Posted by Curtis Love on Friday, April 16, 2010, In : Spirituality 
This is the second blog in a series of Posts about 'Faithing your Practices''. Read the introductory post here. It will make more sense of the prayer to follow. This is one of my simple, habitual and meaningful practices I have found myself 'faithing' over the past months. Here is a short prayer to reflect this process :) Would love to hear or see others prayers for everyday things that they find are shaping and forming their spirituality.
 


 

A Prayer for (herbal tea) Health


May your life and he...
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A Spirituality of the Landscape: Faithing your practices (Part 1)

Posted by Curtis Love on Thursday, April 15, 2010, In : Spirituality 

I have had two  particular conversations over the years with people around spirituality. The first conversation goes something like this, “I really want to connect with God but I just don't know how. It's not that I don't believe there is a God but I just don't know how to make contact. I am unsure how this God out there can become a God in here”. The other conversation that I have had is with those who are more conscious of their spiritual quest and yet desire greater depth in it. These ...


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Bloggers Prayer

Posted by Curtis Love on Monday, March 15, 2010, In : Spirituality 
My friend Roger alerted me to this prayer via facebook called the Bloggers Prayer by TSK. I am in the process of fundraising which raises some similar kinds of questions and I found parts of the prayer extremely compelling. I will highlight the parts that stuck out to me...

Our Father 
who lives above and beyond the dimension of the internet 

Give us this day a life worth blogging
The access to words and images that express our journey with passion and integrity, 
And a secure connection to publ...

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A Question forming in my mind?

Posted by Curtis Love on Thursday, March 11, 2010, In : Spirituality 
Use your own context and relationships to fill in the details but I think this question and its associated sub-question that have been forming in my mind are relevant? Here it is "In what ways are your internal thoughts and process as well as your external conversations leading to the building of trust between people?"

  • Are you the kind of person people can trust with their inner thoughts, to value, respect and keep as sacred? 
  • Are you the kind of person that people can trust that what is told i...

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The Prayer of Saint Francis

Posted by Curtis Love on Monday, March 1, 2010, In : Spirituality 

Of course this is a well known prayer but it familiarity does not take away from its sheer beauty. It is the prayer of saint francis. I used it in a training conversation on Friday with my Pure Hope friends. No matter how many times you have heard or read it, it is always great. A nice touch was hearing Sarah McLachlans singing of it, included below. It is dope.


Lord make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, ...


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Cultivating spirituality: Prayer for the end of the day

Posted by Curtis Love on Monday, February 22, 2010, In : Spirituality 
Last week I posted about the pray-as-you-go downloads but I forgot to mention the prayer of review called "At the end of the day" . It's on the same page as the others at pray-as-you-go. The prayer of review is a great way to end the day. To take stock of your experiences and to notice where you have sensed God throughout your day. It is also helpful for those of us who struggle to sleep easily as it allows you to process your day, release it and rest in God. Part of our difficulty to recogni...
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Cultivating Spirituality? Pray-as-you-go.

Posted by Curtis Love on Thursday, February 11, 2010, In : Spirituality 
I found a great resource if you are interested in cultivating a daily rhythm of prayer. Its a daily mp3 (you download the weeks mp3's prior to the week). You can put it on your ipod or phone. It is great for first thing when you wake up or during lunch or even a tea break or before you go to bed. Its a good, soothing, reflective, simple yet deep combination of music, chanting, readings, questions and prayer. I have really enjoyed it a lot. I have had a few conversations with people saying, I ...
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Without Personal Transformation there is no Social Transformation (a Note from Taize)

Posted by Curtis Love on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, In : Spirituality 


 My Friend Hannah sent me this note from a Taize newsletter. It is so beautiful and articulates so well what I am ongoingly and feebly trying to articulate in my own life. Thanks Hannah.

All across the world, though we have very different histories, do we not find ourselves facing similar issues? No one can avoid asking themselves: What can give direction to my life? What goal can I choose that is worth the effort?

We all feel that there needs to be major changes in our world. The structures...


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