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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: ACTA Publications (September 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087946433X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879464332
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,025,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Divine Dynamic becomes a human dynamic only when we embrace our cosmic destiny and Earthlings, "intimately woven within the fabric of the universe." John Surette weaves together scientific insights, Christian wisdom, and human aspiration, creating a synthesis that offers direction and hope for our turbulent times. --Diarmuid O'Murchu, MSC, social psychologist

This book invites us into a journey of deepening confidence and courage, a journey that enables us to orient ourselves to our unique roles in bringing forth a vibrant Earth Community. --Brian Swimme, cosmologist

What does the astounding revelation of our universe, ancient and immense beyond all imagining, have to do with us? Who can help us "take it in" and make the "up close and personal" connections with our daily working, loving, and belonging? John Surrette does just this, in language consciousness that can heal our world. --Mary Southard, CJS, artist

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John Surette, SJ, has been a Catholic priest for almost fifty years. He has worked in the Caribbean islands and territories for many years as a chemistry teacher, adult religious educator, and community organizer. He lives in LaGrange Park, Illinois, where he is involved with eco-spirituality and eco-justice groups, including Spiritearth and The Well Spirituality Center.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Blank on November 7, 2010
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John Surette is a Jesuit priest involved in eco-spirituality and eco-justice groups, including Spiritearth, of which he is co-founder. He worked for many years as a chemistry teacher, adult religious educator, and community organizer. The Divine Dynamic is a book of reflections on the relationship between humans, the Earth, and the creative power of the Universe.

It is presented in nine parts covering the promise of more, the cosmic banquet, and the planetary human. Each part consists of a short introduction followed by 6 to 8 titled reflections. The reflections open with a passage from scripture and include applications for today's culture.

For example, the chapter on the cosmic banquet begins with a definition: this banquet is a celebration of existence, something familiar to primordial and indigenous peoples but often difficult for others. In order to participate fully, we need, first, to sense "the beauty and terror as well as the interconnectedness of the Universe," Surette writes. That involves allowing ourselves to be overwhelmed by the mystery we find when looking into the eyes of other creatures and "entering into inter-subjective relationships with other life forms." The first reflection in this chapter deals with the parable of the prodigal son. Surette draws attention to the possible effect on the son when his father refuses to allow him to enumerate his sins and ask for forgiveness. Being unable to let go of his list of sins might have interfered with the son's ability to appreciate the joy and love of his father and friends.
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John Surette, in this book of reflections, The Divine Dynamic, firmly establishes himself in the realm of eco-spirituality and justice. The book is divided into nine chapters - the Promise of More, Mystics with a Small M, The Immensities, Soul Size, Interface, The Cosmic Banquet, Eco-justice, Domains of Emergence, and the Planetary Human - each beginning with a general teaching on the particular subject followed by reflections - at least four or more. The reflections, suitable for individuals or for group gatherings, ask the reader to delve more deeply into the subject as it impacts his or her own journey.
Surette, a Catholic priest for almost fifty years, uses passages from scripture to examine the relationships between humans, earth and the creative power of the universe. He uses down to earth examples, interesting metaphors, and regular day to day objects to increase our awareness of the universe and to consider what we are doing to work in union with our creator in making the world better.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stickler on February 5, 2012
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As a Catholic priest he is supposed to reflect the theology of the Catholic Church in regards to Creation. Forget theology - he doesn't seem to understand basic science! The universe has not, is not, and will not be creating anything. Science's best theory, as proposed first by a Catholic priest, is that an Intelligence created it i.e. the Big Bang. If plant Earth has been his spiritual guide since his teens, if he's honest, is how on earth did he become a Jesuit? If, indeed, voices he believes were/are emanating from the earth, are speaking to him, why hasn't he sought psychiatric help?
#358 Catechism of the Catholic Church: God created everything for man, but man in turn was created to serve and love God and to offer all creation back to him. 'What is it that is about to be created , that enjoys such honor? It is man - that great and wonderful living creature, more precious in the eyes of God than all other creatures! For him the heavens and the earth, the sea and all the rest of creation exist. God attached so much importance to his salvation that he did not spare his own Son for the sake of man. Nor does he ever cease to work, trying every possible means, until he has raised man up to himself and made him sit at his right hand.'"
Real environmental justice would be putting this poor man in the stocks and throwing compost - or something - at him for wasting all the energy, trees it took to print this trash.
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