By Ben Katt - Pastor, Community Developer & Social Entrepreneur
Chris Heuertz is a founding partner of Gravity, a center for contemplative activism based in Omaha, Nebraska that helps people “to do good better” by hosting a weekly prayer sit, leading contemplative retreats and pilgrimages, providing spiritual direction, and facilitating Enneagram consultations. Prior to starting Gravity, the he co-founded and served for 20 years with Word Made Flesh, a non-profit organization that extends love and care to the most vulnerable in some of the world’s poorest slums, red light areas, and places of intense human suffering. Chris is the author of Unexpected Gifts: Discovering the Way of Community, which explores how the challenges of community, such as betrayal, failure, and doubt, can actually become unexpected gifts. His latest book is The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth. Chris is also regular guest on the Sleeping At Last podcast, which is creating a series of songs and conversations about all nine Enneagram types. In this episode of RePlacing Church, he joins me to discuss: What the Enneagram is and why it matters How our Western culture affects our understanding of self and personality types Why our desires for wisdom require doing the hard work of self-evaluation The historical context of the Enneagram and it's present popular usage How greater self-understanding can help us connect with God and people How the Enneagram can help us turn comtemplative practices into embodied practices Listen to the first interview with Chris, #35 Chris Heuertz on Contemplative Activism | Founding Partner of Gravity & Author of Unexpected Gifts Get your free RePlacing Church Resource List, a guide to being and becoming the church in the neighborhood. Subscribe, rate, and review the RePlacing Church Podcast on iTunes, or listen on Stitcher, Google Play, or Podbean. Support RePlacing Church on Patreon. I need your support to offset production costs so that I can continue to offer quality content and insightful interviews that will help you grow in your faith and practice. Visit www.patreon.com/benkatt, become a RePlacing Church Patron for as little as a $1/month and receive access to bonus podcast episodes, additional blog posts and more exclusive content! More information here. Sign up for RePlacing Church updates at www.replacingchurch.org. Like on Facebook, Follow on Instagram. Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" by Mercir. "Feels Like Home" by Immersive Music. "Full Humanity" by Cymatix. Used with Permission. Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.