Garden of Eden and Free Will

The Genesis 2-3 story* of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is often interpreted as a fall from grace into original sin because they ate the forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. But instead, this was the first act of free will. The fact that story does […]

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Lactose “intolerance”

Some folks may accuse me of being “politically correct,” and yet, I insist that how we discuss issues reveals and shapes how we perceive these issues. Case in point today: Lactose “intolerance” I’m guessing that some European-descent person came up with this label. On a Google Image Search for “lactose intolerance,” I received some diagrams explaining the […]

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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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Seek Serendipity

William H. Foege says: “Seek serendipity. We often think of serendipity as a random good fortune, but  the origin involves three princes and Sarandīb, the Persian name for Ceylon, now Sri Lanka. A professor at Emory, Marion Creekmore was once ambassador to Sri Lanka or Sarandīb and the original story tells about a lost camel and how these three men, finding small […]

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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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