Two Perspectives on Justice and Spirituality

Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times

Matthew Fox
New World Library, 2014

Second Wave Spirituality

Chris Saade
North Atlantic Books, 2014

Like Rumi, the great Christian mystic Meister Eckhart was—according to Matthew Fox’s brilliant and inspiring account—deeply ecumenical, encompassing wisdom that one can find in Jewish, Sufi, Buddhist, and Hindu mystical traditions, as well as in shamanism and indigenous spirituality. Eckhart advocated for social, economic, and gender justice. He also championed an earth-based spirituality and a cosmic consciousness, and taught that we are all artists whose vocation is to birth the Cosmic Christ (or Buddha Nature). All these elements have inspired Fox and influenced his Creation Spirituality. In this book, Fox imagines dialogues between Eckhart and Carl Jung, Thich Nhat Hanh, Rabbi Heschel, and many others. This book on Eckhart stands as testament to Fox’s own creative spiritual genius.

Chris Saade, meanwhile, explores how “the dream of a world of peace, justice, and solidarity is at the core of our spiritual beliefs.” He acknowledges that many of us who have served religious or
Second Wave Spirituality spiritual communities have been distraught at the ease with which these universal values are often interpreted in the most narrow way, providing emotional and spiritual comfort to those “inside” while confining their care for those “outside” to acts of charity rather than acts of transformation. In this beautiful and hope-affirming book, Saade describes how the first wave of spirituality, which has spanned the past few thousand years and has been suffused by these more narrow interpretations, is now being transformed by “a seismic shift of consciousness” into a second wave of spiritually engaged social action for peace, social justice, and environmental sanity. “Hundreds of millions of spiritual people will tilt the balance in favor of our aching and endangered world,” he writes. Saade is a prophet of spiritual progressive consciousness, helping readers see that we are beginning to see “the adventure of love-in-action being enacted daily all over the world.” Get your friends to read this inspiring book!


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