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



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Episode Song Credits: “Another Wrong to Right” and “You Won't Walk Alone” by Mercir. “Closed” by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission. Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.