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. [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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