Square Root available in new edition soon!

Yes, Wipf & Stock is publishing The Square Root of God and it will hit the streets in four-six weeks!

Free book contest! One of the cover endorsements is written by a professor of religion by the name of Joe Blosser. Can you tell me the name of Dr. Blosser’s sister who is a member of Broadway Christian Church in Columbia, Missouri? First one to respond gets a free copy of the new edition!

We ARE in Kansas, Toto!

We are heading to the Heartland Spirituality Center in Great Bend, Kansas for a three day Square Root of God retreat beginning today. The Dominican house is the location of the annual spiritual retreat of the Kansas region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). My co-leader and storyteller Heather Harlan and I are the retreat leaders.

One, Circle, Pi, Shape, Infinity …

Goodbye Oklahoma, Hello Kansas!

We had a wonderful time with the delightful Elders of New Covenant Christian Church, Oklahoma City. You can tell immediately upon meeting them that they are true servants and love one another.

But now, with OK in our rear-view mirror, we turn our minds and hearts to Kansas. Out in the middle of that expansive flatness is a turn in the road, a little berg called Great Bend. The Arkansas river makes a turn there and so did the Santa Fe Trail and later the railroad. Today there is a Dominican retreat center called the Heartland Center for Spirituality. That is where members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kansas will gather for their annual spiritual life retreat, March 13-15. The Square Root of God will be the format and we will join it to many other spiritual practices, discussions, worship and music.

Off we go!

The Music of the Spheres

SpheresMy new favorite recording comes from violinist extraordinaire, Daniel Hope, and his new CD, Spheres. The compilation includes styles classic to modern and he is joined by the best of the best musicians. Most of the pieces are scored for a combination of strings, piano, voices, harp or timpani.

The most compelling aspect of his project for me is the concept that led to it in the first place. His love of music joined his love of astronomy in an exploration of their relationship. In so doing he selected music that reflected that harmony of the spheres.

Hope cited the mathematician Pythagoras and his observation that there is a mathematical relationship to musical pitch. Is there sound affiliated with the rotation of planets? He mentions several composers who were fascinated with exactly these questions, people like Haydn and Josef Strauss. Scholars continue to study numerological patterns within the fugues of J.S. Bach. And on the mystical side we are reminded that Philip Glass has been mystified by the question as to whether music would sound higher or lower if perched on the edge of a black hole.

Whether or not you believe there is a relationship between the hidden patterns of the cosmos and music I know this new offering to the musical cosmos will melt you as it did me.

The Earth is not Flat or Round

Andres beach artJust ask Andres Amador about the shape of the earth. He will tell, show you in his earthscapes that the earth is much more, that it is a web of geometric patterns. If you wander onto the beach near San Francisco where he artistically expresses this truth you will find pattern upon pattern etched into the impermanent sand with his rake, enormous patterns that need to be viewed from the cliffs or the air to be appreciated.

What is this and where does it come from? Does his mind and Andres beach art 2imagination tap the own patterns of his own nervous system and brain, a selfie of his neural pathways and connections? Does he see beneath the surface to the level of spinning electrons?

Andres beach art 3Does he glimpse the deep patterns that form everything else? In his mind’s eye does he see the ever self-replicating world of fractals? Has mathematics so infused his art, even intuitively, that he is unknowingly creating a visual of set theory, with multiplying subsets ad infinitum?

Like Escher does he play at the boundary between the finite and infinity Andres beach art 4leaving the observer quite uncertain as to when one starts and the other leaves off?

Andres beach art 5To explore more about Andres Amador you might prowl around his web site.

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