Author Archive for: Robert Thompson
Robert V. Thompson was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1973. For the past 28 years he has been the Senior minister at the Lake Street Church in Evanston, Illinois. In the early 1990’s, Bob began to explore the richness of other spiritual traditions, including indigenous and Eastern spiritualities, along with the Christian mystics, and since then, he and his church have become leaders in the evolution of an emerging form of Christianity. He is active in the sphere of social justice, and speaks out on a variety of issues including homelessness, politics, the Christian Right, advocacy and LGBT people. From 1999-2004 he was Chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
He is the author of A Voluptuous God: A Christian Heretic Speaks (CopperHouse 2007), and a contributor to the book for preachers, Feasting On the Word (Westminster John Knox Press 2009). He is the Chicago Spirituality Examiner and writes weekly articles on spirituality related themes for the Examiner.com website.
For more information, please visit avoluptuousgod.com.
Entries by Robert Thompson
Many of us have had the experience of awaking from a vivid dream or nightmare and being certain that what we dreamed really happened. Then, as we awaken more, we realize we were only dreaming. It didn’t really happen. Or did it? We can have the reverse experience too—dream-like moments happen even though we are awake. One day, while holding my grandson Kai on my lap, I had a waking dream. As if it were yesterday, I remembered sitting on my grandfather’s lap. In a dreamlike way I wondered how I had become the grandfather, and so quickly too. In… Read more.
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It's said we choose our families: parents, siblings, even the time and place we are born into, because our souls have determined this is where we will learn fastest on our journey of soul growth. On our journey, we face the seven karmic shadows writ into the history of all families. These shadows are: abuse, addiction, violence, poverty, illness, abandonment and betrayal. In this course, we’ll use journaling, karmic mapping, guided meditation, energy healing and shamanic ritual to heal whichever of the seven shadows are present in your family. The results of work are profound: you’ll see shifts and changes in relationships you thought would never heal.