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Chris Dierkes

Chris Dierkes

Chris was raised in the US and now lives in Canada (having emigrated in via marriage to my beautiful wife). He's a Christian (Anglican) priest, holding a Master’s Degree in Divinity (MDiv).

Though a Christian and that lens ultimately is the one through which he sees the world, Chris has spent a number of years studying and practicing various practices from many of the world’s great religious traditions. He has written and thought a great deal about the relationship between religion, society, and politics in the contemporary world.

In the great debate between secularism and religion (as it is commonly understood and practiced) in our day and age, Chris feels like Leslie Nielsen’s Dr. Rummack in Airplane! When told that the passengers had the choice between fish and steak as their on-flight meal, Rummack responds, “Oh yes, I remember I had the lasagna.”

The fish of secularism and the steak of common religion will not do. Only the lasagna of post-postmodern religion will satiate. We hope you like Italian.

Sunday, 27 January 2013 22:14

Is Buddhism Atheistic?

Is Buddhism a form of atheism? 
Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:35

The Three Faces of God for Atheists

Atheists can experience the three dimensions of the Divine? Hell yes they can. 
Continuing interview with Darrin, this section's on love of the enemy, within and without. 
Sunday, 09 December 2012 04:56

Darrin Drda Part I- Peril and Promise

An interview with Darrin Drda, author of The Four Global Truths. 
Friday, 30 November 2012 20:47

Agapros: On Valuing Both Agape and Eros

A critical issue for evolutionary spirituality. 
Monday, 12 November 2012 22:59

Free Market Philosophy is Not Integral

A criticism of a too easy equation. 
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:38

US Presidential Election Liveblogging

Liveblogging the US Elections. 
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 20:59

What We Should Actually Celebrate at Halloween

A look at the roots of the Halloween tradition and what we might learn from them. 
Monday, 22 October 2012 23:45

Liveblogging: US Foreign Policy Debate

Liveblogging the third and final US Presidential Debate, on foreign policy. 
Saturday, 13 October 2012 16:45

Songs about Rain

As the rainy season begins in Vancouver, songs about the rain. 
For parenting month...what do we mean when we apply parental language to the Divine? 
Sunday, 30 September 2012 22:48

Four Taboos of Parenting

A funny and poignant account by a husband and wife of the taboos of raising children. 
Monday, 24 September 2012 02:34

Incarnation Not Embodiment

A look at the value of incarnation as a spiritual value over the more popular notion of embodiment. 
Saturday, 22 September 2012 21:13

How Do You Smile With Your Feet?

How does the whole body become like the face smiling?
Monday, 17 September 2012 01:22

The Inverted Pyramid of US Liberalism

Why do Democrats always put faith in a single leader to change history and politics? 
Friday, 14 September 2012 19:45

A Short Book Review: Rebuild the Dream

A short, to the point, review of Van Jones' new book Rebuilding the Dream, a manifesto for the 99% movement. 
Tuesday, 11 September 2012 03:42

Jeff Madrick on The Age of Greed

Jeff Madrick speaks about his new book The Age of Greed. 
Monday, 03 September 2012 21:11

The Biden Touch

A look at the gaffetastic yet ever underestimated Joe Biden. 
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 00:50

Transgendered Superheroes?

A look at the role of transgendered characters in comic books. 
Saturday, 25 August 2012 18:42

Songs about Superheroes

The J'box spins some of out favorite songs about superheroes. 
Thursday, 23 August 2012 21:25

Nondual Jediism?

What the religion of Jediism has to teach us about spiritual awakening. 
A look at the short-lived cult classic 1990 live-action tv series of The Flash. 
Saturday, 18 August 2012 17:06

Jeffrey Kripal on Superhero Spirituality

A look at the spirituality of aliens in I Am Number Four. 
A question about the role of activism in integral circles. A response to Tom Huston. 
Monday, 06 August 2012 23:00

The Most Underrated Summer Olympic Sports

My top five neglected yet crazy awesome Summer Olympic sports. 
A story of a profound healing I received as a teenager. 
Saturday, 28 July 2012 18:41

Jesus the Shaman

Jesus of Nazareth, master shaman and guide for our contemporary world.  
A look at the dark side of sports as human tribalism through the lens of US college athletics. 
Sunday, 15 July 2012 03:58

The Shadow Work of Batman

What Bruce Wayne has to teach us about the shadow--embracing your inner fears. 
A look at the BBC Documentary Playing God on the new field of synthetic biology and its spiritual and social implications. 
Are vertical notions like development and progress helpful when applied to cultures? 
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 01:03

Rev: The Best Show You're Not Watching

A look at the BBC's Rev., life as an inner-city Anglican clergyman. 
Monday, 18 June 2012 22:19

Slavoj Zizek on Zombies

Slavoj Zizek (via Hegel) on zombies and why we need to be zombie-like in order to be free. 
Saturday, 16 June 2012 02:27

The Zombies

The J'box features The Zombies, a totally underrated 60s British invasion mod band, in honor of Undead Week. 
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 17:29

PSA: How to Survive Zombie Attack

An internet classic--a 50s style PSA on how to survive zombies. 
  Demetri Martin on goofing through law school. Part comedy, part stand up philosophy.
An exploration of shadow work as a spiritual practice according to Thomas Hübl.  
An interview with Thomas Hübl on shadow work within the context of evolutionary spiritualty. 
  A sermon on the topic of human language in relation to divinity and what a 6th century pseudonymous author has to say on the subject. 
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 02:00

Followup on the Beams and Struts Salon

  A reflection of last week's first ever in-person, facilitated, process Beams and Struts has run. 
  A look at French presidents through the eyes of relationship dynamics.
  Against the worst sports tendency of all time--playing not to lose--as in seen in the Manchester City v. Manchester United match.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 15:00

Shamanism in Integral Thought

  A look at integral theory and shamanism. 
Saturday, 21 April 2012 03:21

Shamanism in Once Upon a Time and Grimm

Why are fairy tales so popular on television right now? A possible shamanic explanation. 
  William Irwin Thompson on turning our electronic technologies into cathedrals of light. 
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 18:53

What is Going on in China?

  What is going on with the Chinese Communist Party?  
  Two videos from Bonnitta Roy on modernism, postmodernism, post-postmodernism, and beyond.
Sunday, 01 April 2012 22:22

Eternal Life

  A meditation for the beginning of Holy Week. 
  Audio and text of a sermon I preached on March 18th, 2012 at Christ Church Cathedral. 
Sunday, 11 March 2012 21:53

Classical Music in Dubstep

  A dubstep inspired remix of some of your favorite pieces of classical music.
Friday, 09 March 2012 06:22

Integral Relationships: A Book Review

  A review of Integral Relationships: A Manual for Men by Martin Ucik. 
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 01:18

Sermon in Audio: Ash Wednesday

  A sermon (audio and text) on Ash Wednesday. 
  A look at the paradox of self-development: it does not make us a better person but why you have to do it anyway. 
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 01:22

Get to Know a Deity: Shamash Edition

  Get to know, Shamash, ancient Mesopotamian god of justice and the sun. 
Sunday, 19 February 2012 22:39

Poem by Dogen

  A poem by the great Zen master Dogen.
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 23:21

Happy St. Valentine's Day?

  Today we remember people murdered for their religious beliefs by giving out candies and Hallmark cards...WTF? A meditation on love as martrydom. 
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 00:13

Louis CK On the Nature of God

  Louis CK on the nature of God as a s#@!ty girlfriend. 
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 23:52

Art Contemplation: Diego Rivera

  Diego Rivera's figure symoblizing the African race.
Sunday, 29 January 2012 01:40

Songs of the Apocalypse

  You've heard of songs of Freedom but what about songs of the Apocalypse? The Jukebox takes you there.
  A sermon on the apocalypse in a way you've never thought of it before. 
A comparison of the teachings of Marc Gafni and Andrew Cohen on the question of personality (or lack thereof) in the spiritual lif
  A look at Fr. Jean Pierre de Caussade's pioneering work on the creative impulse.
A reflection on Thomas Hübl's teaching on hearing the call of the future and embodying our highest potentials. 
Thursday, 05 January 2012 01:24

Thomas Hübl: Downloading the Future

An interview with spiritual teacher Thomas Hübl on the nature of creativity and its role in the spiritual life. 
  Why the beloved bowl system of my youth has been destroyed and it's time to have a college playoff system.
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 18:10

Reply to Gail Re: Xmas

  A reply to some good questions from Sr. Gail on Christmas. 
Sunday, 25 December 2011 20:15

Art Contemplation: The Nativity

  The Nativity by Albrecht Durer.  
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 19:23

Why I Hate Christmas

  A priest rants about his hatred of this supposedly holly jolly season.
Saturday, 10 December 2011 22:33

I Hate Christmas

  A few songs to rightly mock the fake commercialized crapola that is the Christmas season.
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 03:08

3 Books That Have Influenced You

  A three books that have influenced me thread.  
  A look at how Mitt Romney may be the first completely post-ideological candidate for President. 
Sunday, 27 November 2011 04:00

Centering Prayer

  An introduction to the practice of Centering Prayer with Thomas Keating.
Thursday, 24 November 2011 01:05

Against Getting Into The Body

On relating to and as the body rather getting into it.  
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 01:18

Why Use Prayer Beads and How

  A look at a deceptively simple and surprisingly profound spiritual practice.  
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 19:26

The Female Gaze and Male Shame

  A look into the female gaze and the sense of male failure--as evidenced through the Great Recession.  
Thursday, 27 October 2011 20:19

Important Comment: Sera Beak

  Sera Beak responds to Vanessa's recent article. A really beautiful and raw conversation ensues. 
Tuesday, 18 October 2011 17:39

Thomas Hubl Pacific Northwest

  Thomas Hubl on a tour of the West Coast.  
Saturday, 15 October 2011 23:11

Teresa of Avila

  A little Teresa of Avila, Spanish mystic, erotic theologian, and source of profound wisdom. 
Saturday, 15 October 2011 22:26

Eminem Live

  Eminem is known as a great rapper but the J'box tonight highlights his amazing live skillz on the mic.
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 00:16

Romney and the "Left Wing" of the GOP

  A look at some polls for the Republican nomination.
Monday, 10 October 2011 15:47

The 123 of Relationship to Ken Wilber Pt II

  The stages of relating to an iconic figure in history while he lives, moves, has his being in the world. Especially one you love.  
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 12:59

Lessons in Life: Bass Playing

  A hilarious, NSFW video on how to play bass--a metaphor for awakened embodiment. 
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 01:30

90s Retro

  The initial piece in an on-going series examining the flowering of 90s retro in the 2 Zero 10s. 
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 20:43

Perspectives on Sex and Spiritual Teachers

  Perspectives on the Marc Gafni issue, both links and personal.  
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 00:56

Thomas Hubl Tour Fall 2011

  Spiritual teacher Thomas Hubl is coming to North America this fall.  Check out the tour schedule.
Sunday, 11 September 2011 05:17

Elmore James

  Elmores James drops by to play the greatest slide guitar ever and sing us the blues.
Saturday, 10 September 2011 00:35

The Spiritual Metaphor of Fire

  A BBQ-inspired meditation on fire as a form of contemplation and a source of profound metaphors for the spiritual life.
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 01:08

Art Contemplation: Mancini Edition

  A self-portrait by Antonio Mancini (circa 1880). 
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 17:10

OK Muppets Go!

  OK Go sing the Muppets Theme Song with the Muppets.  One word: Epic.
Friday, 12 August 2011 18:11

Coming Soon: Redemption Week

  For the next two weeks, Beams and Struts will redeem our favorite lost in the shuffle posts from the last year. 
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 17:44

Get to Know a Deity: Nabu Edition

  Today we get to know Nabu, ancient Assyrian and Babylonian god of writing and wisdom.
Friday, 05 August 2011 20:51

Next Week: Live Updates Community Seminar

Next week Br. Trevor will be checking in from the Next Step Integral Community Seminar, covering the event. 
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 17:28

Mutli-Perspectival Debt Deal Roundup

  A roundup of various perspectives among liberals on the debt deal and assessments of President Obama.  
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 03:02

US Veers Closer Towards Default

Meanwhile if you haven't been paying attention, the United States is one week away from defaulting.  WTF? 
Saturday, 16 July 2011 19:08

Weird Al Pt II

  Here we go again.  More from the one and only Weird Al.
Saturday, 16 July 2011 18:18

4 Decades of Weird Al

  The Jbox tonight features a 4 decade retrospective of the work of a singular comedic and musical genius:  Weird Al Yankovic.  
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 21:36

Sermon in Audio: Bondage and Awakening

  Audio and text of my sermon from last Sunday, on St. Paul's Letter to the Romans and the division between the worlds of bondage and the Spirit.
Monday, 04 July 2011 19:55

America's Theme Song

  This Fourth of July, celebrate the essence of America with a profanity laced self-parody of the US.
  A forum dedicated to feedback about the site from our readers. Send us your thoughts.  
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 17:58

Arj Barker on Cruelty Free Soap

  Arj Barker cleanses cruelty from the kingdom of his shower.  Hilarious.
  What do mutants have to teach us about the creation of humanity community? 
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 18:19

One More Perspective on the Riots

  My boss, Dean Peter Elliott with a very thoughtful and eloquent response to the Vancouver riots.
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 04:25

Book of Mormon Set to Music

  The Matt Stone and Trey Parker (of South Park and Team America fame) musical Book of Mormon won 9 Tony Awards this past weekend.  Who know Mormons were so hip?  
Sunday, 12 June 2011 02:38

Can We Ever Truly Judge One Another?

    A sustained critical reflection and reply to an oft-quoted line from Paulo Coehlo.  
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 04:54

Why to Practice Sabbath and How

  A short personal reflective piece I wrote last week on the value of the practicing the Sabbath.      
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 02:14

Interfaith Dialogue Sucks

  Rabbi Eric Yoffie with an excellent piece on the problems (and solutions) of typical interfaith dialogue.
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 19:40

Bill Simmons on Phil Jackson

    Bill Simmons on the likely end of Phil Jackson's utterly amazing coaching career.  
  A practical how to guide for bringing back superstition into your life through the medium of sports.
Next week, Beams and Struts will be entirely devoted to the great human enterprise of sport. Beginning Monday May 23 through Sunday May 29, we will shine a post-postmodern light on the sporting life. Let the games begin.
Friday, 13 May 2011 22:16

The Actually Good Fleetwood Mac

  Did you know Fleetwood Mac was originally a rockin' blues band? Forget the 1970s pop crapfest. Tune in tonight for the real Mac Attack.
  Indian food, tea, beer, Awakening, and the Creative Future--all in one night.  A Beams & Struts eyewitness report.  
Sunday, 24 April 2011 19:54

Happy Pascua

Today for Western Christians marks the festival of Jesus' Resurrection.  Happy Resurrection Sunday to you all.  
Thursday, 21 April 2011 16:34

Thomas Hubl in Vancouver Tuesday April 26

  Thomas Hubl, German spiritual teacher is coming to Vancouver this Tuesday April 26.  Get ready.
Saturday, 26 March 2011 04:37

Phil Collins Rap Godfather Edition

A perhaps little known fact is that Phil Collins is a kind of sampled godfather in the rap game.  The Jukebox tonight features the godfatherly influence of Phil Collins on the world of hip hop. Click the read more and crank that s#@!.
Thursday, 24 March 2011 15:51

Site Changes to Beams & Struts

  You may noticed things are slightly different visually and structurally around here at Beams.  I thought I'd give a quick mini-guided tour of the changes to the site
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 00:04

Anti-Vegasization of Vancouver

  Do Christian leaders have any social relevance anymore?  Find out as a bunch of us (myself included) sign a petition to stop Vancouver becoming a Canadian Vegas.    
  To intervene or not intervene (in Libya)--that is the question explored in this piece, highlighting articulate voices pro and con.  
Friday, 28 January 2011 19:33


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Wednesday, 29 December 2010 04:50

White Culture is Culture

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Monday, 27 December 2010 17:09

The Bird of Grey

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Thursday, 11 November 2010 17:19

Remembrance Day

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Friday, 08 October 2010 16:12

Spanish Rap

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How does the greatest cartoon ever shed light on the meaning of Beams & Struts and integral theory more generally?  Meta-enaction.  To find out what that means, read this essay. 
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