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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

June 2016

5 Near-Death Experience Lessons No One Tells You: #4 & 5

2017-03-01T16:47:46+00:00 Categories: Beginnings, Consciousness, Death & Dying, Greater Reality, Interconnected, Paradox, Playtime, Self Reflection, Transformation|

Finally, here are Lessons 4 and 5. If you've read the other two articles which house Lessons 1, 2 and 3, just scroll down to #4. If you haven't read the first two installments of this little series, you may want to read the intro and first lesson. Lessons 2 and 3 can be found here. I'm [...]

5 Near-Death Experience Lessons No One Tells You: #2 & 3

2017-03-01T16:47:46+00:00 Categories: Beginnings, Consciousness, Death & Dying, Greater Reality, Interconnected, Paradox, Self Reflection, Transformation|

This post is the second part of a series of some lessons surrounding my recent near death experience. If you haven't read the first lesson, you may want to pause here and read the intro - I'm guessing it will help you set the context for what you are about to read. Here's the lessons, and [...]

5 Near-Death Experience Lessons No One Tells You: #1

2017-03-01T16:47:46+00:00 Categories: Beginnings, Consciousness, Death & Dying, Greater Reality, Interconnected, Paradox, Self Reflection, Transformation|Tags: , , |

Most of us have heard stories of near-death experiences, also known as NDE. Maybe you’ve listened to someone on Oprah, read it in a book, or witnessed a close friend or relative walk through it. Hell, maybe you’ve had one of your own. My point is that when you read or listen to these stories, [...]

May 2016

You Breathe In Me

2017-03-01T16:47:46+00:00 Categories: Beginnings, Death & Dying, God, Interconnected, Self Reflection, Shadow Work, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

How often have you used the phrase, “it took my breath away?” The other day I pulled over to allow an ambulance safe passage. As I listened to the screaming vehicle fast approaching, the sound literally took my breath away. Finally I saw the ambulance come over the hill and the driver barely looked both [...]

April 2016

When Someone Says “I Love You,” RESPOND

2017-03-01T16:47:46+00:00 Categories: Consciousness, Death & Dying, God, Greater Reality, Interconnected, Paradox, Shadow Work, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Recently I was gravely ill… I heard my mom use that adjective with someone a few weeks ago when explaining what I had been through. Heavy, burdensome, hard to bear - these are all ways to define the root of the word, and all things I am experiencing. Mostly the “hard to bear” part lately. [...]

A Two-Letter Word Changes the World

2017-03-01T16:47:46+00:00 Categories: Evolution, Freedom, God, Interconnected, Paradox, Self Reflection|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The other day I saw a social media post from a spiritual leader that seriously hooked me and within seconds I was completely torqued! Totally pissed me off! Huge judgments running through my mind, and it sat so heavily on me I had to send an email to friend and rant for a couple paragraphs [...]

March 2016

A Bridge of Lamentations

2017-03-01T16:47:46+00:00 Categories: Christianity, Community, God, Interconnected, Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Did you know that lamenting is a spiritual practice? It is incredibly relevant for Easter, especially Holy Week, when our time of the crucifixion and resurrection is coming to a close. This Easter season I want to talk about lamentations. Why? Because to lament is probably one of the most revolutionary things we can do [...]

December 2015

Love Your Neighbor Like WHAT???

2017-03-01T16:47:47+00:00 Categories: Consciousness, Death & Dying, Greater Reality, Interconnected, News, Religion, Self Reflection, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I just can’t take it anymore. I am soooo tired of this crap. And even those words fall short of the level of powerlessness alive in me. Millions of us who, like me, watch with horror, confusion, desperation and helplessness every time there is a mass shooting. This one in San Bernardino less than a [...]

September 2015

You Be Peace, and Then You Be Peace

2017-03-01T16:47:47+00:00 Categories: Consciousness, Interconnected, Paradox, Peace, Sacred Service, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

So what exactly do I mean when I say you be peace and then you be peace? Well depending on who you ask, if you want peace in the world, you must “BE peace,” meaning you must first find peace in your heart through meditation, or other contemplative practices. You must look within and heal your [...]

August 2015

Want to Change Your Life? Unpack Your Bags

2017-03-01T16:47:47+00:00 Categories: Beginnings, Consciousness, Interconnected, Paradox, Self Reflection, Transformation|

Did you ever listen to the announcements at the airport about claiming your baggage? In case you didn’t know it, there is baggage claim etiquette: Make your bags easy to find, so buy a suitcase that is neon green or has purple polka dots. My favorite is the one with bright police-crime-scene tape wrapped around [...]

April 2015

Muppet Theology

2017-03-01T16:47:47+00:00 Categories: Consciousness, God, Greater Reality, Interconnected, Paradox|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Two things I love about the wisdom of the Muppets, First, their philosophy is eternal. It was here long before Jim Henson, and will be here long after the Muppets retire. The second reason I think the Muppets are necessary for life’s learning, is because it reminds me there is hope. Hope for the spiritual realities we yearn for in life, regardless of one’s faith philosophy or tradition.

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