Spirituality grows throughout our lifetimes, and counter to our cultural tendencies, Rohr and D'Arcy believe too much emphasis is placed on the tasks of the first half of life. In this presentation, Rohr and D'Arcy explain the philosophy and thought process that would go on to inspire Rohr's book Falling Upward. They encourage listeners to embrace their full journey and place their focus on the tasks of the second half of life, more closely following the paths and concerns of Jesus, Buddha and mystics of other religions. Preparation for the second half of life can help clear away personal confusion, making room for the experience of grace and freedom.
Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxypractices of contemplation and lived kenosis (self-emptying), expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized. Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adams Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi. Fr. Richard is academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Drawing upon Christianity's place within the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Living School is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings. Visit cac.org for more information.
Paula D'Arcy, a writer, retreat leader, and conference and seminar speaker, travels widely in the United States, Canada, and abroad. She is also president of Red Bird Foundation, which supports the growth and spiritual development of those in need as well as those invested in the opening of the heart and the healing of this world. Her work includes leading workshops and retreats related to spirituality, writing, womens gatherings, (including womens initiation and rites of passage), and creating venues where men and women experience an opening of the heart and a change in their way of being in the world. In recent years she has teamed with Richard Rohr to present seminars on the male/female journey and spirituality for the two halves of life. Paula also serves as adjunct faculty at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas and Seton Cove Spirituality Center in Austin, Texas.