December 2017

The Gifts of the Magi Are Always Here

2017-12-24T21:45:52+00:00 Categories: Christianity, Community, Consciousness, God, Jesus, Paradox, Religion, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Christmas holds a special place in my heart because it was my dad’s favorite holiday, and because it’s a time of year for many family traditions and rituals to be played out. Every family has their own sacred, quirky, idiosyncratic rituals that frustrate and delight. Traditions that only need to make sense to the family [...]

Reverence and Relevance – the Journey of Advent

2017-12-26T22:57:36+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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

June 2016

Faith and Pickle Juice – It Is What It Is

2017-07-20T21:47:26+00:00 Categories: Christianity, Consciousness, Death & Dying, God, Interfaith, Jesus, Paradox, Self Reflection, Shadow Work|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’m sitting in the cancer center, hooked up to an IV for my iron infusion for the next 6 hours, watching worlds go by. I am in a large room full of recliners, IV stands, rolling carts filled with anything your nurse could need - gauze pads in 6 different sizes, 5 varying lengths and [...]

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

Delight in Being Light

2017-03-01T16:47:46+00:00 Categories: Beginnings, Christianity, Paradox|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If you say “Christmas tree” to me or utter the words “Christmas decorations” I immediately become like a 5-year-old and see lights in my mind. I see twinkly, sparkly, dazzling colorful lights all around me. This is one of my most favorite things - the lights at Christmas time. The other night I turned off [...]

A Metaphysical Christmas from 1911 by Charles Fillmore

2017-03-01T16:47:46+00:00 Categories: Christianity, Religion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The following is an excerpt from a Christmas lesson by Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, that I transcribed in order to share some of his ideas spoken and written more than a century ago. I did make a few very small edits for grammar, spelling and continuity of Fillmore's thoughts in sentence structures. Some of the [...]

My Peace I Leave You

2017-03-01T16:47:47+00:00 Categories: Christianity, Consciousness, God, Interfaith, Jesus, Peace, Self Reflection, Shadow Work|

It's the end of the second week of Advent, the week we focus on Peace, and I am wondering how much peace everyone is feeling or practicing in light of recent events, both here at home and abroad. Sometimes peace can seem a little out of reach or maybe for a few folks, even difficult [...]

November 2015

The Advent of Advent

2017-03-01T16:47:47+00:00 Categories: Beginnings, Christianity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

THE SEASON of Advent is about something unknown emerging on the horizon, something we have never seen before. The word “advent” comes from the Latin adventus – to come. There is wondrous and expectant feeling about the very word ‘Advent.’ In the northern hemisphere, Advent takes place during the darkest and coldest time of the [...]

February 2015

Giving Up God for Lent

2017-03-01T16:47:48+00:00 Categories: Christianity, God, Jesus, Religion|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Do not adjust your screen, yes, you read the title correctly - I’m giving up God for Lent. I know this may sound strange since I am a member of the clergy. Why on earth would someone who’s JOB is God give up God for Lent? It would be like watching a doctor ask the [...]

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