Wisdom's Work

January 3, 2016: Sermon, Trinity Episcopal Church, Fayetteville, NY

I would like to share with you a sermon I preached on January 3 at Trinity Church, Fayetteville. On this occasion I was presented with a very special icon. I share this sermon because it represents my deep conviction that Wisdom can find a home in the Church. Please go to the Writings page to view.

What We Do

There is a path that can take us beyond conventional Christianity. It is the Wisdom path that leads us into the transpersonal realms. From this perspective, we can hear the teachings of Jesus in a whole new way. In fact, we come to see everything in a whole new way—including ourselves.

All of this is not the result of believing something different. It is nothing less than the transformation of a whole new way of seeing and a whole new way of knowing. But this transformation is based on experience and not belief. Spiritual practice—like the ancient contemplative disciplines of mediation, chanting, and lectio divina—are important. Additionally, attention practices are essential in this transformation.

But the challenge of this vision and understanding of life is that you cannot see it until you can see it. From our usual way of seeing and from our ordinary consciousness this simply makes no sense at all. It requires subtler faculties of apprehension.

Wisdom’s work is to provide opportunities for this kind of deepening and to assist Wisdom seekers in this ongoing process.

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Who We Are

Bill Redfield has recently retired as rector of Trinity Church, Fayetteville, NY, after nearly 20 years. Besides being an Episcopal priest, he is also a licensed clinical social worker and has worked in private practice in Central New York and Maine. He has had a lifelong interest in the intersection of spirituality and the inner life. He is the creative force behind the birth of Wisdom House, Fayetteville, NY. Bill was introduced to Centering Prayer by Cynthia Bourgeault over 25 years ago and has been an active student of, and collaborator with her for the last ten years. Bill can be contacted at: wisdomswork@gmail.com.