Contemplating with the Cosmic Christ – a new offering in the Meditation Chapel

Posted on August 11, 2020. Updated on August 11, 2020

The Cosmic Christ is way of seeing the risen and living Jesus Christ in his fullness, both with us in our individual and community struggles, and present to the entire creation at the same time. The term “Cosmic Christ” was brought into the language of the contemporary Church by theologian, activist, and Episcopal priest Matthew Fox. 

Five years ago, Fr. Fox and Bishop Marc Andrus undertook an exciting, generative project – creating a book of the Stations of the Cosmic Christ, a counterpart to the traditional Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross focus on the last hours of Jesus of Nazareth’s earthly life, on his suffering and death. The Stations of the Cosmic Christ turn our attention to the numinous events of Jesus’ life, such as his birth, Baptism, Resurrection, and Ascension. 

Matthew and Marc each wrote a meditation on each Station of the Cosmic Christ, and the book uses unique art images, created for the Stations, to illustrate each one. The illustrations are photographs of a series of abstract clay sculptures by noted American poet, essayist, and potter M.C. Richards (d. 1999). Richard’s precious sculptures are inspired by the “I AM” sayings in the Gospel of John, each of them considered a Station of the Cosmic Christ. The remaining images are photographs of sculptures by Javier Lemus, a contemporary Salvadoran artist who now lives in San Francisco. Javier’s art is of an entirely different character than that of Richards’; where hers are spare and monochromatic, Javier’s are brightly colored and use organic forms to bring out the essence of each station. Together the images shed light not only on the stations but invite the viewer to search for a more comprehensive, interconnected meaning. 

Stations of the Cosmic Christ won two book awards from Nautilus in 2018, Special Honors as Best of Small Press, and Gold Award for Religion/Spirituality of Western Thought. 

Matthew Fox is one of the most influential theologians working today. The author of more than thirty books, he has written works that are current-day classics, such as The Coming of the Cosmic Christand Original Blessing. Matthew is as much an activist as a theologian and was one of the faith leaders prominent in the Occupy Movement. Bishop Marc Andrus was first consecrated as Bishop Suffragan in the Diocese of Alabama where he concentrated his ministry on racial reconciliation, environmental justice, and the renewal of Christian pilgrimage. Bishop Marc is one of the leading voices from faith bodies in climate change and environmental justice and heads the Presiding Bishop’s delegation to the United Nations climate change conferences. Marc is married to ecological entomologist, climate activist, and international public health expert, Sheila Moore Andrus, PhD. 

Each session of Contemplating with the Cosmic Christ will begin with a few minutes of gazing at one of the Stations of the Cosmic Christ, followed by reading a related paragraph from Matthew’s and Mark’s meditations. After the image and the text have been brought into the center of the virtual gathering, the group will enter twenty minutes of silence in the tradition of Centering Prayer. The session will end with sharing what has been brought to the group by the grace of the Holy Spirit.