THE NINEFOLD PATH is an experiential journey through the Beatitudes, the nine sayings spoken by Jesus at the beginning of “the sermon on the hill.” We live in a time of deep divides and unrest. Signs of haunting are all around us: conflict rages between groups and nations, the gap widens between the poor and the rich, and the future of our planet is threatened. If we are not disturbed, we haven’t been paying attention.
What if nine ancient sayings contain the keys to our liberation? What if the blessings of Jesus known as the beatitudes offer a radical alternative to the broken systems that we’ve created? The Ninefold Path explores how following the way of the beatitudes can revolutionize our lives and our world.
The beatitudes name the illusions and the lies that have held us captive, individually and societally: scarcity, avoidance, competition, despair, retribution, deception, division, retaliation and fear of death. They point us back to reality, towards what is most real and true: abundance, admission of brokenness, equality, efficacy, forgiveness, wholeheartedness, our oneness as a human family, suffering as a necessary part of the struggle between good and evil, and the reality and hope that death is not the end.
How do we close the gap between how we want to live and how we actually live? Knowledge alone does not lead to transformation. We need tools and relationships that help us apply wisdom to our everyday lives. The Ninefold Path Notebook and Learning Lab are designed as resources to help you (1) be honest with yourself and others; (2) explore what is most real and true; and (3) experiment with new actions and practices that can change your life (and our world). These resources are available in print and digital form at ninefoldpath.org
The Ninefold Path was developed over a 3 year period by Mark Scandrette, Danielle Welch and a global collective of practitioners. Pilot groups were initiated at The Practice at Willow Creek, with at-risk Youth in London, and in drug and alcohol recovery programs in California. It has been utilized in school chaplaincy programs in the U.K. and South Australia and has been enthusiastically received by leaders and churches in South Asia and East Africa.
THE WAY OF TRUST. “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”
Where in your life do you feel like you don’t have enough or are not enough?
THE WAY OF LAMENT. “Blessed are those who mourn.”
When you look at the world, what breaks your heart? What’s broken in you? Where do you feel loneliness, sadness, pain or disappointment?
THE WAY OF HUMILITY: “Blessed are the meek…”
How do you tend to get caught in the trap of competition and comparison, of feeling greater than or less than other people?
THE WAY OF JUSTICE. “Blessed are those who hunger for justice…”
What’s the hunger for justice that is inside of you? How would you finish the sentence: I hunger and thirst for a world where…
THE WAY OF COMPASSION: “Blessed are the merciful…”
For what in your life do you need mercy?Who is in need of your forgiveness? What resentments can you need to let go?
THE WAY OF RIGHT MOTIVE. “Blessed are the pure in heart…”
What masks do you wear? What’s important to you about how you present yourself to the world?
THE WAY OF PEACEMAKING: “Blessed are the peace makers…”
Who do you tend to place on the other side of us and them? What groups or kinds of people have you made into “the other”?
THE WAY OF SURRENDER: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for justice…”
What is the good you hesitate to do, knowing what it might cost you?
THE WAY OF RADICAL LOVE. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against …”
How would you live if you weren’t afraid to die? What is worth giving your life for? What might it look like for you to live fearlessly?
The Ninefold Path is part of the Ninebeats Collective, an international tribe of troubadours, poets, rebels, provocateurs, sages & activists. We've come together from different continents, different cities, and different experiences, all on the trail of the ancient Bible sayings known as ‘the beatitudes’.