Richard Rohr – The Trinity as a Circle Dance

Perichoresis

The fourth-century Cappadocian Fathers tried to communicate this notion of life as mutual participation by calling the Trinitarian flow a “circle dance” (perichoresis) between the three. They were saying that whatever is going on in God is a flow that’s like a dance; and God is not just the dancer, God is the dance itself! The Incarnation is a movement—Jesus comes forth from the Father and the Holy Spirit to take us back with him into this eternal embrace, from which we first came (John 14:3). We are invited to join in the dance and have participatory knowledge of God through the Trinity.

Trinity is the very nature of God, and this God is a circle dance, a centrifugal force flowing outward, and then drawing all things into the dance centripetally. If this God names himself/herself in creation and in reality then there must be a “family resemblance” between everything else and the nature of the heart of God. Continue reading “Richard Rohr – The Trinity as a Circle Dance”

Embodied Hallelujahs – An Invitation to Dance


Angela Yarber

Like many ordained Baptist pastors, I recently guided my congregation during the seasons of Lent and Easter with spiritual disciplines, preaching, worship and baptism. This week I shout hallelujah with my body. I dance.

April 29 is celebrated as International Day of Dance. “Baptists don’t dance,” the old stereotype goes, but as also a professional dancer I want to debunk this notion.

Dance has been a vital part of our history. We read of dance as a form of worship more than 27 times in the Hebrew Bible. Miriam, David, Jephthah’s daughter, the Shulamite, Judith and Salome all danced in the grip of God’s joy. Continue reading “Embodied Hallelujahs – An Invitation to Dance”

Dancing for the Resurrected Christ

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