January 2018

Out with the Mold, in with the True

2018-01-01T23:22:15+00:00 Categories: Beginnings, Community, Interconnected, Paradox, Peace, Self Reflection, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I recently spent a month in South Carolina helping my mom with her recovery from knee replacement surgery. When it came time for me to return home, I had mixed feelings. I knew I couldn't stay there, eventually everyone needs to return home, but I didn’t know what I was coming home to. I wasn’t [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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. [...]

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 [...]

December 2015

New Year’s Revolutions

2015-12-30T17:02:37+00:00 Categories: Beginnings, Paradox, Self Reflection, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

At the end of each December I think about intentions I may want to focus on for the next 365 days because I don’t do resolutions. However, I definitely do REVOLUTIONS. That’s what these questions, What if? and Why not? help create for us. I always have the feeling that maybe, just maybe, I am [...]

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 [...]

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