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December 2017

Reverence and Relevance – First Sunday of Advent

2017-12-03T13:57:15+00:00 Categories: Beginnings, Christianity, Faith, Paradox, Religion, Transformation|

My own spiritual discipline has been to challenge myself each year with an expanded understanding of the traditionalholidays, while maintaining a sense of reverence, even sentimentality to a small degree. One of the great paradoxes of navigating the landscape of religious holidays, ceremonies and traditions is dancing with reverence AND relevance at the same time. [...]

November 2017

Words I Don’t Want to Say Together: Active Shooter & Church

2017-11-10T20:40:35+00:00 Categories: Community, Disaster Recovery, Faith, Religion, Uncategorized|

It seems horrifying to imagine that the places we have used for worship, sanctuary, community, fellowship, love and connection, places that for millennia have helped define our own identity are now having to be prepared for violence and death. I can’t even believe I am having to write these words. It pains me to know [...]

August 2017

I WANT TO GIVE!

2017-09-13T15:41:51+00:00 Categories: Community, Disaster Recovery, Interconnected, News, Sacred Service|

As a Disaster Response/Recovery Chaplain (F5 Tornado in Joplin, Hurricane Katrina, as well as local support), I offer my experience to you as you are considering what and where to donate. When disaster strikes, every little bit does help, I just want to make sure that you/we make the most of our contributions, so please consider [...]

Spiritual Care During Times of Disaster

2017-09-13T15:38:23+00:00 Categories: Community, Faith, Greater Reality, Interconnected, Interfaith, Religion, Sacred Service|

First let me start by saying I hold all those who have been affected by the devastation from #Harvey in my heart - enfolding all life, including those providing the necessary life giving aid, care and comfort. I can’t begin to imagine the fear, anger and terror being experienced. I am watching from a distance [...]

July 2017

Freedom’s just another word for…

2017-07-01T20:53:06+00:00 Categories: Freedom, Greater Reality, Interconnected, Paradox, Self Reflection|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Every time a holiday, a repeat special event or ceremony comes around I sometimes think it’s cliché to talk about it - AGAIN. It seems expected, overdone, and frankly I wonder if there is anything else new to offer on the subject or any more gold to be mined. And yet here I sit with [...]

June 2017

Yin Yang Dance of Faith

2017-06-14T18:07:14+00:00 Categories: Faith, Freedom, Greater Reality, Paradox|Tags: , , , , , , |

Faith is a funny thing. I can recall being seven years old, asking my mother theological questions about our faith, and her telling me with great conviction that some things we weren’t meant to know or understand. Needless to say, that answer was less than satisfying. Eventually she told me there were “man made” rules [...]

April 2017

Jesus Speaks to the 12: Simon, Thaddeus and Judas

2017-04-12T20:51:21+00:00 Categories: Christianity, Community, God, Interfaith, Jesus, Prayer, Religion, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Part 4 of a 4-part series leading up to Holy Thursday. Each day 3 disciples present at the Last Supper are highlighted. It is partially inspired by the Unity teaching of the Twelve Powers. Part 1 sets the context and Jesus speaks to Peter, Andrew and James. Part 2 is John, Phillip and Bartholomew. Part 3 [...]

Jesus Speaks to the 12: Thomas, Matthew and James son of Alphaeus

2017-04-12T20:50:37+00:00 Categories: Christianity, Community, God, Interfaith, Jesus, Prayer, Religion, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Part 3 of a 4-part series leading up to Holy Thursday. Each day 3 disciples present at the Last Supper are highlighted. It is partially inspired by the Unity teaching of the Twelve Powers. Part 1 sets the context and Jesus speaks to Peter, Andrew and James. Part 2 is John, Phillip and Bartholomew. Jesus speaks [...]

Jesus Speaks to the 12: John, Phillip and Bartholomew

2017-04-12T20:49:57+00:00 Categories: Christianity, Community, God, Interfaith, Jesus, Prayer, Religion, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Part 2 of a 4-part series leading up to Holy Thursday. Each day 3 disciples present at the Last Supper are highlighted. It is partially inspired by the Unity teaching of the Twelve Powers. Part 1 sets the context and Jesus speaks to Peter, Andrew and James. Jesus speaks to John I look at you, John, [...]

Jesus Speaks to the 12: Peter, Andrew, and James

2017-04-12T20:48:44+00:00 Categories: Christianity, Community, God, Interfaith, Jesus, Prayer, Religion, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Part 1 of a 4-part series leading up to Holy Thursday. Each day 3 disciples present at the Last Supper are highlighted. It is partially inspired by the Unity teaching of the Twelve Powers. I am sitting here imagining the last supper. It's 1st century Palestine, in a room with a simple, wooden, rectangle table where [...]

Palm Sunday: Which Procession Are You In?

2017-04-08T14:46:17+00:00 Categories: Christianity, Jesus, Religion, Self Reflection, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

One of the treasures in my life is the ability to lose myself in a song. Closing my eyes and allowing the words and music to play through me – to stop listening with my ears and listen with my heart. As the music washes over me, my mind relaxes, my breathing slows and I [...]

February 2017

Welcome to My World

2017-05-23T07:05:36+00:00 Categories: Community, Greater Reality, Interconnected, Interfaith, Prayer, Religion, Sacred Service|

On Sunday, February 24, 2017, I had the privilege to speak for a few minutes at the KC Interfaith Vigil for Immigrants and Refugees - in response to presidential orders being signed that were banning refugees and immigrants from entering the United States. As the Chair of the Greater Kansas Interfaith Council, I offered these words. [...]

December 2016

Advent Is Always Arriving

2017-03-01T16:48:03+00:00 Categories: Christianity, Consciousness, God, Jesus, Paradox, Religion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It seems as though we preachers are challenged to come up with new sermons every Sunday, and this can be especially tricky during the holidays. How many ways can we find to talk about Easter, Christmas, and Advent? I had a minister for many years who used to joke with me that he basically had [...]

November 2016

My Hallelujah Thanksgiving

2017-03-01T16:47:45+00:00 Categories: Community, Consciousness, Death & Dying, Gratefulness, Interconnected, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

It might sound strange, but Muppets are necessary for me at this time in my life, because they remind me there is hope. You see, there are places in my mind and heart - doorways really - full of such sorrow that I do not want to enter. Yet these doors get blown open over [...]

August 2016

The Lesson of Little Blue

2017-07-20T21:46:18+00:00 Categories: Consciousness, Greater Reality, Interconnected, Paradox, Self Reflection, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

As an anthropologist and minister, I am always intrigued by animal and human behavior. I think it must be in my DNA because I am unconsciously and eternally fascinated, drawn in and left wondering what is next to unfold as I watch creatures go about their day. I just can’t seem to get enough. Within [...]

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