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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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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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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God is the fact that the universe exists.

I do not exactly know what the title of this post means, but this thought occurred to me while I was studying the ideas of Spinoza tonight. Spinoza wrote of essences and modes and more complications that probably lose much in translation and post-modern framing of such issues. Spinoza was on the right track, but went wrong when he decided that there is nothing in creation worthy of awe. Anyway…

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A possible answer to gun violence

More gun control is opposed by many conservatives – the same people who often espouse market-driven solutions to problems. I say “fine.” Let’s implement a market solution to the gun problem here in the United States. . . .

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Blessed Complications of Fatherhood

Thich Nhat Hanh caligraphy: you are, therefore I am A Father’s Day Sermon – High Street UU, Macon, GA – June 21, 2015

Thich Nhat Hanh says “You are, therefore I am” – this is not a differentiation, where we draw a line between you and me and declare two separate parts. It is instead a declaration of interbeing, of connectedness.

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Attachment not found

The attachment you had yesterday has been released and so is no longer available to control your life. Many other attachments are still there for you to release. More time on the cushion would be beneficial in releasing those attachments. (note to (no)self)

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Why should we talk about what we believe?

This question popped into my head this morning. People do talk about what they believe. But is this a good idea? Our actions are based upon our beliefs, both ordinary/everyday and religious beliefs. We move to sit in a chair on the belief that it will support our weight. We get married with a belief that our […]

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Search for meaning

A Guest Editorial in The GSU Signal – July 27, 1999 Earl A. Daniels is a Signal staff member, and is majoring in sociology Jacob Houge is dead. The GSU student was visiting friends at the Village. It was raining that Thursday afternoon, June 24. While running from the elevator near the “turnaround” to the Olympia […]

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