Walter Thiessen

riots and contemplation

By Faculty Blog, Walter Thiessen
*This blog was originally shared June 2, 2020 on Dr. Thiessen's blog. The original format has been adapted.*   This summer, I am researching and writing about contemplation and healing. I am also reading, this past week, about rioting across the US. One phrase that has been grounding my thinking about contemplation and healing is that the connection between the two is about our need for a “compassionate consent to reality.” There can never be wholeness without an honest facing of what is and an honest acceptance of our emotional/bodily response to what is. A compassionate consent to reality in...
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Normalizing Maturity

By Faculty Blog, Walter Thiessen No Comments
The title for this post might seem naively optimistic, but if that’s true, that’s precisely my point. We no longer seem to expect maturity. A whole generation of millennials are frequently (and unfairly) criticized as immature and not necessarily maturing. We don’t seem to expect maturity from politicians or even church leaders anymore. This led me to wonder whether we’ve been failing to normalize maturity. Consider the big potential advantage of planning for maturity: if we truly expect our young people to mature, perhaps we could choose to introduce them to a worldview that was big enough to mature into?...
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