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64 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Richard Rohr. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Richard Rohr, often where they are interviewed.

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64 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Richard Rohr. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Richard Rohr, often where they are interviewed.

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Richard Rohr Gifts Unimagined Radical Grace Part 2

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Episode 41 Gifts Unimagined Radical Grace Part 2. Richard Rohr.

Jesus vision for the human family

What can we learn from this COVID-19 pandemic, this worldwide sickness?   For me, there are two primary messages.

1:   This virus was caused when the delicate balance that ensures human health and happiness was forgotten. 
2: That for this balance to be restored we need the active goodwill and caring behaviour of the entire human family.  Jesus vision for the human family is a vision of deep respect for each other, and the avoidance of any act that would bring sickness violence or greed into our families, local or global.

I thank God every day for this beautiful and achievable vision.   Each day I can choose to follow Jesus.   To live free from fear, in childlike trust that God is in charge, and that through God presence in the behaviour of our human family this pandemic will come to an end.

 Following Jesus is the Way to the Truth about the most wonderful way of Life

 Stay safe and happy     Archie and Cathy    Agape Ministries 

Jan 14 2021 · 29mins
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Richard Rohr snakker om stillhet (Fra«Min praksis»)

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«Min praksis» er en videointervjuserie, der folk snakker om en religiøs praksis som har blitt viktig for dem. Episodene blir gradvis tilgjengeliggjort som podkast. I denne episoden snakker Stian Kilde Aarebrot med Richard Rohr om stillhet som praksis. 

Jan 13 2021 · 31mins

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Richard Rohr Radical Grace Part 1

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A new quality of human relationships

Our simple plan for 2021 is to continue to spread the seed of the teaching of Jesus on renewing the quality of human relationships.    Cathy and I are overjoyed at the response from the podcasts we have recorded, from trusted speakers worldwide.  Now these are available for you to share worldwide for free.

St Paul told the early Christians, that although he planted the seed of a new life in Christ and Apollos water it only God’s Spirit, received and shared, could make it a lived experience.               (1 Corinthians 3: 6. ) 

We pray that each week in 2021 these teachings will support and encourage your desire to work for a kinder and happier world for our children and grandchildren. 

 Every Blessing and stay safe.   Archie and Cathy Agape Ministries 

Jan 07 2021 · 32mins
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#90 Richard Rohr: Wise Sage or False Teacher?

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Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest, author of several books, and the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His teachings are gaining influence, especially among millennials who grew up in the Evangelical church. He is particularly influential in the progressive Christian movement and is referred to as a spiritual father, hero, and mentor by well-known progressive voices. But what does he really believe? In today's video, I analyze Rohr's teachings regarding the gospel and focus especially on his view of the Bible, which he believes does not give a clear theology of God and is full of contradictions.
Dec 27 2020 · 40mins
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Fr. Richard Rohr (Encore Show) #761

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This is an encore presentation from our treasure troves with the beloved Father Richard Rohr (find him on Twitter!). This is my Christmas present to me and all of you. We talk about the holidays as well as his book, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation. Plus what he feels it means to be a Christian and follow the teachings of Jesus, how to love more, and some of the ways to get in touch with the infinite mystery that dwells in all there is.

Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.

Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam’s Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi.

Fr. Richard is academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Drawing upon Christianity’s place within the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Living School is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings.

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Dec 25 2020 · 50mins
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December 6, 2020 - RLC, Catholicism, And Richard Rohr

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Unfortunately, Christianity has split over the years due to doctrinal differences. Why can't we all be united in our love for Jesus? Tune in to hear Tony and Shane discuss how Red Letter Christianity and Richard Rohr both emphasize having a mystical, transformative relationship with the risen Christ that breaks down doctrinal barriers.
Dec 07 2020 · 25mins
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Bonus: Richard Rohr on Turning to Teresa of Avila

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Today on the show we have our friend Richard Rohr on the show. In it, we talk about how he discovered Teresa of Avila, the impact she made on his life, and what her work means for us today.

The link to the transcript can be found here.

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Sep 14 2020 · 1hr 1min
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Season 2 | Episode 1: Wonder with Fr. Richard Rohr

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Welcome to Season 2 of The Quest Podcast. 

This season, we're walking through the chapters of my new book "Nomad: A Spirituality for Traveling Light" and having conversations with some of the brilliant spiritual lights who have shaped my own spiritual journey about the themes of the book. 

Today, we chat with renowned writer and teacher Fr. Richard Rohr. 

To order your copy of "Nomad", visit NomadBook.org 

Aug 17 2020 · 28mins
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REPLAY: Richard Rohr on Getting Over Your "Self" with the Enneagram [S04-007]

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As we continue to celebrate reaching over 11 Million downloads, I’d like to revisit my interview with Fr. Richard Rohr.  I first encountered the Enneagram when I was a graduate student at a conservative seminary. While on a weekend retreat I came across a copy of Fr. Richard Rohr’s book, Discovering The Enneagram: An Ancient Tool for a New Spiritual Journey. In that book Richard describes the traits and the underlying compulsions of each of the nine basic Enneagram types. Based on my life experience and what I’d learned in my training to become a counselor, Rohr’s description of the types blew my mind.  They were uncannily accurate. I felt sure I had stumbled on an amazing resource, not only for Christians but for all people. Little did I know, that 25 years later, Richard and I would be friends and the Enneagram would become the central focus of my work.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How Richard discovered the Enneagram
  • How to break the shackles of self-doubt with self-compassion
  • What exactly is the true self vs. false self
  • Why the Enneagram can help to identify the true-self
  • How we can use the Enneagram on a daily basis as a framework, or blueprint, for spiritual formation

Richard also offers words of encouragement for and caution for each Enneagram type.

Richard is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and he is the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is the author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam’s Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi.  

Aug 13 2020 · 1hr 10mins
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Embracing and Alternative Orthodoxy with Richard Rohr: The Cosmic Christ

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You’ve heard Richard Rohr talk about his understanding of the Cosmic Christ, a key element of alternative orthodoxy that is an aspect of the legacy of the early Franciscans.

It may be a challenge for you to really grasp all that is intended by the term Cosmic Christ, but the presence of your group and its process can support you in coming to terms with this theological perspective. Discuss the four questions below as you work together to understand this concept. For each question, there are key words related to an aspect of this theology:

·       Key Words: the big bang—the first incarnation—the birth of the Christ mystery—the interplanetary Divine.

o   What are the implications of saying that the birth of Christ occurred at the moment of the creation of the material universe?

·       Key Words: a second incarnation—2000 years ago—an exemplar—for Christians—the mystery of God

o   What does it mean to use the two words Jesus and Christ together, not as two names for Jesus but as an expression of a mystical reality?

·       Key Words: Eucharist—elemental incarnation in a material universe—“Oh my God, I am the body of Christ!”

o   How might you now experience the Eucharist differently as you consider these insights about the Cosmic Christ?

·       Key Words: Nothing is secular—grace indwelling—mountains as cathedrals—Divine image

o   In unitive consciousness, how you love anything is how you love everything. How might your life be transformed if you embraced the Franciscan vision found in Richard’s teaching in this session?


Richard Rohr encourages us to see the gift that Paul is to us as we struggle to grasp this vision of the Cosmic Christ. Read the following indented text then consider the questions that follow:

The personal incarnation happened 2000 years ago, we believe as Christians, which is Jesus. They became so infatuated with this person of Jesus that very quickly they seemed to call him the Christ, although there’s no evidence that he ever called himself that. The scriptural evidence is that it was Paul who got it. Paul gets it because Paul knew Jesus Christ the way we do. He never knew Jesus in the flesh. He hardly ever quotes him and yet he talks with such authority, such certitude. He met the Christ mystery and until you know that, you do not understand the mystic Paul. He is in love with this Christ mystery, which is the same Jesus Christ that you and I meet.

So when we introduce people to Jesus without the rest of the incarnation—the Christ—we end up with a moralistic religion. Moralism takes over whenever you don’t have mysticism. You will become more moralistic the less it touches upon unitive consciousness. The Christ is something you know mystically. When I say mystically, I mean experientially. Whatever happened to Paul on the Damascus Road, he knew experientially some universal meaning to this Jesus figure—and he universalized from that. His most common single phrase in his authentic letters is in Christo—in Christ. That’s his code word for this understanding.

We are living inside this incarnation. We are the Christ too! He’s not denying Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the holon, the exemplar of the whole, the stand-in for everybody. We can’t fall in love with concepts, energies, ideas and forces. You’re not going to give your life for a force. As 1 John says, we need someone we can see, and touch, and look into his or her eyes, and relate to. Persons love persons. That pulls our soul out of itself.

1.     When have you “experienced” the Christ mystery in the way that Paul seems to have done?

2.     Paul and Richard would have us see that we are living inside an incarnation—in Christ—but we don’t fall in love with a concept. What do you fall in love with in such a way that your soul is enlivened?


If we follow Franciscan orthodoxy, which teaches that Christ is incarnated in all creation right from the big bang, then sooner or later we have to deal with the matter of other civilizations, cultures, traditions, revelations and religions in a way that honors the Christ mystery that is incarnate in the immense diversity of creation. Read Richard’s reflections on this matter and then consider the questions that follow:

Jesus is the personal personification of the eternal Christ mystery, but the Christ mystery was already available to the Stone Age people, to the Persians, to the Mayans, to the so-called barbarians and pagans. These were not “throw away people!” That’s what you came down to if you were Roman Catholic: God was waiting for the Pope to appear and everything else was throwaway. Imagine that! You’d have to say that this is a petty God, a small God.

If we don’t balance out Jesus with Christ, our very theology is going to become a very limited worldview. It ends up being in competition with other world religions instead of a vision that is so big, so cosmic that it includes everything and everybody.

When you return to a Trinitarian notion of God, it opens up interfaith dialogue, because you admit God is formless. You admit God is energy and spirit, which is the Holy Spirit. Suddenly we have all kinds of levels for dialogue. What happened when we pulled Jesus out of the Christ mystery and out of the Trinity? We overplayed the Jesus card apart from who Jesus really is. That made us unable to talk to Hindus and Buddhists, to respect the Jewish roots of this very Jesus.

Jesus then becomes in competition with Muhammad or Buddha. It becomes a personality issue: “Do you like Jesus. Well, if you don’t like Jesus, well then God doesn’t like you!” Come on! The question is, “Do you like the Christ Mystery?” I can see your answer to that in the way you walk down the street and the way you respect the person at the checkout counter. There are some Hindus that like the Christ mystery much better than a lot of Roman Catholics, Evangelicals, Lutherans and Episcopalians. I’m happy to be Christian, but that doesn’t put me in competition or a race with the other world religions to prove that I’m better.

We’re not trying to be rebels anymore; we’re not trying to be reactionary or heretics. We’re just trying to be honest about our experience. And that ability we now have to be honest about our experience is making us ready for an adult Christianity, for an adult notion of what’s really happening, without throwing out Jesus. You’ll go back and fall in love with Jesus more than ever before, but now you’ll recognize that this Jesus is not just the Savior of my soul, but he’s the naming of the very direction of history—the Alpha and Omega—this perfected humanity that he reveals in one moment of time and where we are all being seduced toward.

1.     In a creation of such awesome diversity, where the Christ mystery is available to all, what is it that gives you your Christian identity? What do you claim as a follower of Jesus Christ?

2.     Richard has a way of provoking more good questions even while answering the earlier ones. What questions would you like to ask him as part of deepening into a more adult Christianity?

3.     What would you like to talk about with people from other faith traditions now that we can acknowledge that they have something to say?


For many who are listening to Richard, what he is proposing is nothing less than a shift in worldview at the deepest level. He helps us to appreciate the challenging journey of transformation by reminding us several times of the levels of consciousness that Ken Wilber has articulated: archaic—magical—mythical— rational—pluralistic—mystical (non-dual).

Jennifer gives voice to the kind of challenge involved in this intentional movement toward non-dual living:

It’s hard for me to wrap my head around it. It goes back to Richard’s definition of faith: the dichotomy of not knowing and knowing. A lot of it’s my upbringing in the scientific method and the emphasis on proof. I think that’s why the historical Jesus is so attractive at the rational level because there are things you can know and things you can understand. Yet, at the same time we don’t call ourselves Jesus-ians! We call ourselves Christ-ians. So we really need to understand what it is to be Christian and to understand Christ and God in all creation from the beginning. It didn’t just begin with “I”— incarnated here on earth. It’s a lot to wrap your head around!

Richard acknowledges Jennifer’s observation and hints at what the process of transformation might look like:

Your mind, your prayers, your songs, your reading of the scripture will almost have to readjust for two years; but then you’ll see it everywhere. Once you see it, you’ll know this isn’t my idea. It’s there, but no one told me to pay attention to it.

1.     Where do you find yourself in this process of growing consciousness? In what ways does Jennifer give voice to your thoughts and feelings? 

2.     Richard is hinting at a classic process of spiritual practice and discernment: “putting on a new mind” as Paul would say. What are your practices for opening yourself to a new way of seeing that would transform your life completely?


Doug makes an observation that holds a mirror up to liberals, the very people who are likely to be using this study:

There’s a liberal temptation to focus so much on the historic Jesus until we can say X, Y and Z about the historic Jesus. When you get the cosmic aspect it blows open both the conservative and liberal paradigm.

Richard responds:

It critiques the liberal just as much as the conservative, because neither of us understands the Christ very well. Ken Wilber has pointed out in describing the level of consciousness that the downside of the pluralistic level—where most liberals are—is that they are so in love with pluralism that they hate any notion of hierarchy. When you go to the mystical level (the Cosmic Christ level), then you really appreciate hierarchy. Then you have a new criterion for critiquing the liberal just as much as the conservative. Liberals tend to be trapped because they are just smart enough to dismiss everyone below as superstitious and ridiculous and everyone above them as falsely religious in their mystical silliness. They stay there, many of them, the rest of their lives and can be just as dogmatic, authoritarian and dualistic while thinking they are not. You can really appreciate what Wilber calls hierarchy. Yes, there are things that are still needy of analysis and critique—not dismissal—and that includes the liberal mind, the pluralistic mind, which thinks that the goal of history is pluralism. The goal of history is union with God which honors pluralism but doesn’t get trapped there as an end in itself.

1.     Where do you find yourself in this analysis?

2.     How might churches with a liberal bias encourage their members to experience the goal of history as union with God?


Christ whose glory fills the skies,

Christ the true, the only light,

sun of righteousness arise,

triumph o’er the shades of night.

Dayspring from on high, be near;

daystar, in my heart appear.

Dark and cheerless is the morn

unaccompanied by thee;

Joyless is the day’s return,

till thy mercy’s beams I see,

till they inward light impart,

glad my eyes and warm my heart.

Visit then this soul of mine,

pierce the gloom of sin and grief;

fill me, radiancy divine,

scatter all my unbelief;

more and more thyself display,

shining to the perfect day.

-        Charles Wesley

* Adapted from Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy: A 5-Session Study by Richard Rohr with Tim Scorer, Morehouse Education Resources, 2014)

May 30 2020 · 29mins