Another article in the MB Herald that opens the door to contemplative spirituality.

On page 16 of the latest MB Herald is an article called Wanted: Anabaptist saints by Rob Des Cotes, pastor at Imago Dei Community (affiliated with the BC MB Conference of Churches). The article is benign as far as contemplative spiritual formation goes, especially in comparison to some of the other articles in this October issue (which is surprising, since the Imago Dei community is very contemplative, as seen here). They also link to the Jesuits, as does the MB church plant in Vancouver called Urban Journey.

Rob Des Cotes has written two books on spirituality. One is called Fan the Flame which is written in the tradition of Christian contemplatives and mystics from the past to the present. In this book are frequent references to the Desert Fathers, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Meister Eckhart and modern day writers such as James Houston and Ronald Rolheiser. The other book Rob Des Cotes has written is called Higher Than I. This too is written in the contemplative tradition of mystics from the past to present.

Rob Des Cotes is not only a spiritual director and pastor, he also teaches Contemplative Traditions at Trinity Western University, as well as courses on spirituality and the arts at Carey Theological College and Columbia Bible College. He also speaks at various conferences, such as this Thomas Merton Society conference in 2007 (along with Merton expert Lynn Szabo of TWU):

CONTEMPLATIVE LITURGY
4:15 – 5:00 pm, Sanctuary, Canadian Memorial United Church
Gather for a concluding celebration of hope with reflections and acoustical music by Rob des Cotes and friends.
Rob Des Cotes is a musician, liturgist and pastor at Fairview Baptist Church in Vancouver. He is an active member of Baptist Peacemakers International and a spiritual director with Imago Dei Community (www.imagodeicommunity.ca). Rob also directs Imago’s Vancouver Arts Network, a community of writers, musicians, actors, dancers and visual artists who are in creative dialogue with spiritual issues in the arts, especially as they relate to postmodern culture.
Following the conference today, you are invited to a “Contemplative Communion Service” with Taizé-styled worship featuring meditations from the writings of Thomas Merton at 7 pm at Fairview Baptist Church (1708 W. 16th Ave., between Burrard & Granville).

“The fire of a wild white sun has eaten up
the distance between hope and despair.
Dance in this sun, you tepid idiot.
Wake up and dance in the clarity of
perfect contradictions.”
—Thomas Merton

http://merton.ca/HOPEconfguide.html

Thomas Merton was a trappist monk who opened the door for Christians to explore interspirituality and learn from Eastern religions (see here).

Why has the new interim editor of the MB Herald highlighted so many contemplative pastors in this month’s issue? Why are the MB Herald readers being pointed to so many teachers who value the spiritual practices of mystics and Roman Catholic saints from the past? And why are so many of them leading to Jesuit websites? What is going on? Are the Mennonite sheeple aware of what is going on? Are they blindly or willingly being led down this pathway? What would Menno Simons say about all of this?

Who can answer these questions?