Author Archives: Jan Taddeo

Filled With Loving Kindness: Being Kindness

My heart has been so heavy since the Presidential election, and it’s taken some time to sort out my feelings to figure out why my heart has been so heavy. After all, I’ve been “awake” for decades to the racism, … Continue reading

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Filled With Loving Kindness: Deep Listening

Among the kindest gifts we can offer people is our deep listening. When someone is sharing their story, their feelings, their joy or their pain, being fully present is a precious gift. On November 3rd, I was in North Dakota to … Continue reading

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Filled With Loving Kindness: All Will Be Well

In the movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” the character Sonny says several times, “Everything will be all right in the end … if it’s not all right, it is not yet the end.” A colleague and friend wrote and … Continue reading

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Filled With Loving Kindness: Sacred Ground

Last week I added North Dakota to the list of states I’ve visited in my lifetime. Most of our drive into North Dakota was in darkness, so it wasn’t until Thursday, the day of our national clergy witness of solidarity … Continue reading

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Filled with Loving Kindness: Our House of Loving Kindness

It was a great privilege and an honor to travel to North Dakota this past week to take part in a gathering of over 500 clergy from at least 20 different faith traditions, along with indigenous peoples from well over … Continue reading

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Love Makes A Bridge: Many Bridges are Needed

In today’s worship service I shared a quote from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: What is needed is the realization that power without love is reckless and abusive and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its … Continue reading

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Return Again: What Are You?

I watched the first of three segments of the PBS series “9 Months That Made You.” This first episode offers a profound view of the first 8 weeks of human development at the cellular level. Scientists have made significant discoveries … Continue reading

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Return Again: Born and Reborn Again

I wrote this poem in an attempt to describe my experience many years ago while hiking the Kilauea crater on The Big Island in Hawaii, and then walking the rocky shore many miles away where the lava drips into the … Continue reading

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June 10 – Listening for Joy

The story in our Sunday service today was derived from a Tibetan tale* of an old monk whose heart had become hardened by all the suffering in the world. He lived in a cold, dark, desolate cave at the top of … Continue reading

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June 5: Listening – The Art of Listening

“Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” — David Augsburger, Fuller Theological School In 1993 I participated in a weekend healing workshop in which each person in the workshop had the … Continue reading

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