The Lindisfarne Center or Association is a group of ‘intellectuals’ organized by cultural historian William Irwin Thompson for the study and realization of a new planetary culture, created to “realize” the inner harmony of all the great universal religions and spiritual traditions of the tribal peoples of the world to foster a balance between nature and culture.”
Established in 1972 with funding by Sydney and Jean Lanier and Lawrence Rockefeller, with Maurice Strong as their financial director. The organization later received the majority of its funding from the Lilly Endowment, the Rockefeller Brothers Trust and the Rockefeller Foundation.
The original center faculty included Amory Lovins, James Lovelock and David Spangler authors of Reflections on the Christ. “Lucifer, like Christ stands at the door of man’s consciousness and knocks. If a man says ‘come in and I will give to you the treat of my love and understanding and I will uplift you in the light and presence of Christ, my outflow’ then Lucifer becomes the being who carriers that great treat, the ultimate treat, the light of wisdom. . .”
For years, the Association was located in the Cathedral of St. John The Divine at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, the “mother” church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York headed by the “Very” Reverend James Morton, who is quoted as saying that “the language of the sacred earth has got to become mainline.” Morton acted upon this belief by holding a St. Francis Day communion in which he invoked the gods Yemanja, Ra, Ausar, and Obatala. Other Sunday masses included Sufi and Lakota ceremonies.
Morton has also spread the green gospel nationwide by co-founding the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, a group that has reached over 53,000 congregations of every faith across America with the ideas of sacred ecology and environmental responsibility. He is also a board member of the Earth Charter Project and of Global Green, USA, an affiliate of Gorbachev’s Green Cross International.
When the Lindisfarne Association left the Cathedral of St. John, they moved to Baca, a ranch owned by Maurice Strong in Colorado, dissolved their not-for-profit in 2009 and created the new Lindisfarne Association at the Upaya Zen Center.
Bishop William Swing of the Episcopal Diocese of California, a firm believer in the Gaia movement, founded the U.N.’s United Religions Initiative (URI) to create a “parliament of religions” where various religions can gather to “make peace among nations,” through networking, fundraising, declarations and press releases.
He was responsible for appointing Matthew Fox a priest in the Episcopal Church and financially supporting his Veriditas project, a new age revival of ancient devotional practice of walking in labyrinths. Fox, a former Catholic priest, holds a Techno Cosmic Mass that encompasses theologians of Christian, Buddhist and Muslim faiths with a focus on the Celtic tradition of Reviving the sacred Masculine, or the Return of the Divine Feminine theme. His techno mass includes a projection of over 700 goddess images from all cultures on the walls of his church and sometimes, he includes a dance to get people into their “lower chakra – the direct line with the life force.”
I am in no way suggesting that only the Episcopal Church has slid off the deep end. You can find these New Agers in every denomination, and it would require too many articles to include them all. Basically, they all hold to the same ‘lack of belief’ in God.
David Spangler of Lindisfarne says that the “new gurus” of the New Age Movement are accepting “their divinity” and are forming the basis for the government of the future. And trust me when I say, this future doesn’t include anyone who disagrees with the movement.
For several decades Barbara Marx Hubbard, believing that Satan is part of the selection process that will bring forth the “self-elected from the self-rejected where only those connected to the whole will survive,” called for the “personal extinction for people who will not get with the New Age program.”
New Agers tend to view humanity as an invading pestilence to be squashed beneath the sandals of the enlightened. They see the earth as a sentient super-being, an ancient goddess spirit, deserving of worship and reverence, that must be protected from human activity. This is the belief that fuels the environmental movement.
A google search for Gaia pagan will reveal thousands of organizations proudly proclaiming themselves to be pagan priests. Wicca, which is said to be the fastest growing religion in the U.S. is part of Gaia worship. The feminist movement has also embraced the concept of Gaia as goddess.
The United Nations Global Biodiversity group while condemning Christianity as the root of all environmental evil, praise Buddhism and Hinduism. Big Al Gore, our favorite environmentalist nut claims that “prehistoric” Europe and much of the world was based on the worship of a single earth goddess and unless we embrace mother earth, we will find it impossible to sanctify the earth.
As some Christian denominations have embraced this New Age movement through their affiliation with the National Council of Churches, the World Council of Churches and the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, the direct result has been a further decline into immorality and chaos.
True Christians can never be a part of this global worship. When men begin to worship the creation rather than the Creator, God’s wrath will be released.
To worshippers of ecology, evolution is god and the greening of the earth is their worship. “What if Mary is another name for Gaia? Then her capacity for virgin birth is no miracle. . .it is a role of Gaia since life began. . .She is of this Universe and, conceivably, a part of God. On earth, she is the source of life everlasting and is alive now; she gave birth to humankind and we are part of her.” Sir James Lovelock