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 [...]

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 [...]

Does Your Faith Ignite Your Imagination?

2017-03-01T16:47:45+00:00 Categories: Consciousness, Featured, Greater Reality, Sacred Service|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We seem to be deluged with never-ending newspaper and TV coverage about the Syrian/Iraqi refugee crisis and the threat of extremist violence. Each time it shows up in my newsfeed on Facebook, cuts into a TV show I am enjoying, or I hear people in a coffee shop talking about it frantically, I am bombarded [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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. [...]

December 2015

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 [...]

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 [...]

October 2015

Remains of My Day

2017-03-01T16:47:47+00:00 Categories: Community, Consciousness, Greater Reality, Interfaith, Paradox, Religion, Sacred Service|

I just arrived in Salt Lake City for the 2015 Parliament of World’s Religions. There is an expectation of at least 10,000 people from around the world converging on this very diverse city nestled in the Rocky Mountains. That’s a boat load of people speaking over 100 different languages, and sharing as many faith expressions! [...]

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 [...]

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