An uncanny experience of Deep Ecumenism can be found in the work of Meister Eckhart. Writing in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth century (1260-1329), he astounds us today since his teachings resonate with so many religions other than Christianity.
For this reason my most recent book on him celebrates his Deep Ecumenism by putting him in a room (i.e., chapter) with spiritual teachers of various traditions. Sufis have told me he is a Sufi; Buddhists, that he is Buddhist; Hindus, that reading him is like reading the Upanishads. At times he parallels Black Elk and at times Rabbi Heschel.
Consider just the Table of Contents for my book, Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times:
* The God of Awe, Wonder, Radical Amazement, and Justice: Meister Eckhart Meets Rabbi Heschel
* The Apophatic Divinity: Meister Eckhart Meets Buddhism Via Thich Naht Hanh
* Wisdom of Hinduism: Meister Eckhart Meets Ananda Coomaraswamy and Father Bede Griffiths
* Eckhart as Sufi: Meister Eckhart Meets Rumi, Hafiz, Ibn El-Arabi, and Avicenna
* Indigenous Wisdom and Shamanism: Meister Eckhart Meets Eddie Kneebone, Black Elk, and Bill Everson
Eckhart’s teachings also resonate with cultural teachers of the New Cosmology, Divine Feminine, Psychology, and Jesus seminar scholars.
* The Christ of the Cosmos: Meister Eckhart Meets Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry
* The Divine Feminine: Meister Eckhart Meets Adrienne Rich
* Liberated and Liberating Sisters: Meister Eckhart Meets Dorothee Soelle, the Beguines Mechtild of Magdeburg and Marguerite Porete, and Julian of Norwich
* The Historical Jesus: Meister Eckhart Meets Marcus Borg, Bruce Chilton, and John Dominic Crossan
* Depth Psychology: Meister Eckhart Meets Carl Jung
* Psychotherapy and the “Unio Mystica”: Meister Eckhart Meets Otto Rank
We will explore some of his deep ecumenism in subsequent DMs.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times, pp. xiif.
Banner Image: Meister Eckhart/Unio Mystica: A monk at whose center is a symbol uniting ratio and eros, heaven and earth, the male and the female energies in himself – thinking and feeling. Image by Hartwig HKD on Flickr.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Queries for Contemplation
How do you see Deep Ecumenism contributing to the global movement against climate change? How do you see spiritualities and religions of various stripes inspiring agents for ecological and economic justice?
Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior For Our Time
While Matthew Fox recognizes that Meister Eckhart has influenced thinkers throughout history, he also wants to introduce Eckhart to today’s activists addressing contemporary crises. Toward that end, Fox creates dialogues between Eckhart and Carl Jung, Thich Nhat Hanh, Rabbi Heschel, Black Elk, Karl Marx, Rumi, Adrienne Rich, Dorothee Soelle, David Korten, Anita Roddick, Lily Yeh, M.C. Richards, and many others.
“Matthew Fox is perhaps the greatest writer on Meister Eckhart that has ever existed. (He) has successfully bridged a gap between Eckhart as a shamanistic personality and Eckhart as a post-modern mentor to the Inter-faith movement, to reveal just how cosmic Eckhart really is, and how remarkably relevant to today’s religious crisis! ” — Steven Herrmann, Author of Spiritual Democracy: The Wisdom of Early American Visionaries for the Journey Forward
A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality & The Transformation of Christianity
A modern-day theologian’s call for the radical transformation of Christianity that will allow us to move once again from the hollow trappings of organized religion to genuine spirituality. A New Reformation echoes the Reformation initiated by Martin Luther in 1517 and offers a new vision of Christianity that values the Earth, honors the feminine, and respects science and deep ecumenism.
“This is a deep and forceful book….With prophetic insight, Matthew Fox reveals what has corrupted religion in the West and the therapy for its healing.” ~Bruce Chilton, author of Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography