Monthly Archives: November 2017

November 17 – Faith: Being More

Daily I wrestle with the feeling that the state of the world I see before me is all there is.  Daily, I doubt my ability to have an impact Is this reality, or is this a perception of my own … Continue reading

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November 16–Faith: Religious coinage?

I am wondering if I didn’t grow up in a world that essentially turned things like faith, hope, grace and truth into items of transaction–almost a religious capitalism. Each of these words, in my experience, becomes a sort of quid … Continue reading

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November 15–Faith: Your Place In the Scheme of Things–Part 2

Faith is whatever helps you know and understand your place in the larger scheme of things. There are a variety of things that can help us do this.  I have to admit that that variety of possibilities gives me some … Continue reading

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November 14–Faith–Your Place in the Scheme of Things

This past Sunday, Rev. Jan referenced “Everly’s Self-Care Pyramid.” Most of us are familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and this has that immediate feel.  At the bottom of Everly’s self-care pyramid, though, is the foundation of faith.  I was … Continue reading

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November 13–Faith: Worth and Dignity

I conducted a class recently with Latin students about the ancient philosophy of Stoicism.  Like many cultural ideas, the tenets of Stoicism permeated ancient Rome, and because of that, it still floats in the air of many of those cultures … Continue reading

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November 12–Faith: The Past and the Future

Krista Tippett, in her latest episode of On Being, interviews Dr. Rachel Yehuda, a psychiatrist and researcher in the neuroscience of trauma and resilience.  They discuss how a traumatic event can so change one’s DNA that it has lasting effects on future … Continue reading

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November 10–Faith: A Constant Return

Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vow a thousand times Come, yet again, come, come. Rumi On a recent … Continue reading

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November 9–Faith: Radical Welcome into Reciprocity

Our congregation has affirmed that we are a radically welcoming community. We did not come to those words or what they represent lightly or overnight.  No knee-jerk reactions here. I see the whole dynamic around coming to see ourselves as … Continue reading

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November 8–Faith: Deepest Trust

Sunday in her homily, Rev. Jan referred to faith as “the deepest trust in the truths that sustain us.” Trust is where I always begin with faith.  It immediately puts me in relationship with others. It’s the kind of relationality … Continue reading

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November 7–Faith: Weapon or Way

There is a way to hold one’s faith as a weapon.  This is a weapon one uses against others–others whom one deems to be wrong (about anything), who are different (in any way), who seem to be a threat (in … Continue reading

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