Spirit Flower… nurture yours…

I start a CPE Residency tomorrow. Upon reviewing my “Theology of Pastoral Care” paper from my 2015 CPE Internship, I wanted to share this passage that echos some of Thich Nhat Hanh’s view of “No Mud, No Lotus.” In one tradition from which I draw much, Buddhist psychology views the aspects of human character and […]

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Total Eclipse

I now understand why many people have religious experiences during a total solar eclipse. My almost-five son and I trekked up to the Tennessee/North Carolina border, camped in the Tellico River area. Plan “A” was to watch in a wonderful spot known as Whigg Meadow. After seeing the enormous crowds and multitudes of cars parked […]

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Never a win unless Love is within

We never truly win without love within. A victory achieved with might or hate is a short-lived, shallow victory.  Love is a vital element of our future, and seems to be in short supply in our current divisiveness. Love is not just something that happens when you are attracted to someone. When we come from a […]

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Feeling caught in a fight…

  Feeling caught in a fight, compassion for all sides, amid passions and desires and divisions, trying to be present for all. Fearing that comfort offered to one party will appear as a threat to others. Where did we lose the Love? May we find our way to… …see our blind spots and the pain […]

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Conflict Transformation

Conflicts present a chance to grow…      to build relationships…. John Lederach1 teaches: Conflict transformation is to envision and respond to the ebb and flow of social conflict as life-giving opportunities for creating constructive change processes that reduce violence, increase justice in direct interaction and social structures, and respond to real-life problems in human […]

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Love America, Defend America

How can you say you Love your country if you have disdain for a large portion of your fellow citizens? How can we disagree with someone’s ideas or beliefs without hating who they are as a fellow human being? And what do we do about the disagreements? What if we feel threatened by the political […]

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Not truly free…

I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken away from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity. — Nelson Mandela

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To be an American?

What does it mean to be an American? We used to think that to be an easy question, back when a more narrow group of people were defining what is means: Apple Pie, baseball and Chevrolet (all of which can trace their roots to pre-America). Our country was never just a single monolithic plain white […]

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A practical reason to Love

Reason and Love might seem to have nothing to do with each other, but interestingly enough, anger can be dispelled by being open and curious – i.e. emotion checked by reason. High emotions (such as Fear) or strong convictions can lead to motivated reasoning – where pre-existing attitudes or beliefs lead to rejecting factual information. […]

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