What happens when we bring some of the same principles of a meditation or mindfulness practice into our conversations with each other? That is to say, what becomes possible when we become fully present and engaged in the experience of listening, speaking, and relating to others as a dialogical practice?
What forms of communion—and even shared purpose—emerge when, yes, we recognize, honor, and work with our differences, yet also go beyond our personal identities to experience presence and meaning through the art of conversation? How could a practice such as “generative dialogue” help people of the different faiths or worldviews reach new levels of intimacy—and how could we experience this sort of intimacy in other cultural contexts, including our social activism as well as our everyday lives?
Marco and Trevor discuss Trevor’s recent paper “The Ethics of Presence: New Paths in Interfaith Dialogue.”
Trevor Malkinson lives in Vancouver, BC. He did a BA in philosophy at the University of Victoria, and a MA in philosophy at Brock University. He’s an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada, and is lead minister at Rosedale United Church in Chilliwack, BC.
Mentioned in this Episode
Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri
David Foster Wallace
On Dialogue – by David Bohm
Theory U – by C. Otto Scharmer
Presence – by Peter M. Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, Betty Sue Flowers
The Ever-Present Origin – by Jean Gebser
The Foundations of Universalism – by Alain Badiou
generative dialogue, Bohmian Dialogue, pluralism, spiritual practice, Quaker Listening Practice, relationship to the other, spirituality of conversation, interfaith dialogue, communion, God, mindfulness, creativity, collective intelligence, shut the fuck up and write, field theory, morphic fields, beginner’s mind, emergence, the holy spirit, intersubjective meditation, agency and communion, jazz music, flaneur, developmental theory, Body of Christ, the multitude, irreducible singularities who come together in common, Integral Postmetaphysical Spirituality, planetary civilization, convergence
Intro Music: “What Does Anybody Know About Anything” – by Chris Zabriskie
Exit Music: “It’s Always Too Late to Start Over” – by Chris Zabriskie
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