Author Archives: Bob Patrick

August 8–Return Again: The Breath

I will tell you up front that there is nothing new or original in this post.  I also will say that what I offer here is one of the most powerful things that I have ever learned in spiritual practice. … Continue reading

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August 7–Return Again: Water Ceremony

A week or so ago, I stood in front of the bathroom mirror brushing my teeth, looking at myself.  I became suddenly aware of just how angry I was.  As usual, during my morning routine before work, I had tuned … Continue reading

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August 1–Return Again: The Fabric of Who We Are

I have the great joy of students across now almost 30 years who want to stay in touch with me. (I like staying in touch with them, but I always allow that to be their choice–sometimes, you just need to … Continue reading

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July 31–All Is Welcome Here: Still Work To Do

The message of this song has come home to me in so many ways just in the last 24 hours. Yesterday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett–so many new faces and first time visitors. All is welcome here. And … Continue reading

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July 27–All Is Welcome Here: We’re Okay

I have had the occasion this past year to be in conversation with some younger (than I) adults, and it’s only dawning on me now that there is a pattern in those conversations. Sometimes, they are about teaching and working … Continue reading

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July 24–All Is Welcome Here: Even the Troubles

I’ve spent a long time now observing what happens to many of us when a life event takes us to some edge of human experience that is too troubling to allow into our lives. When I was a very young … Continue reading

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July 13–All Is Welcome Here: The Real You

His name was Clyde.  He stood a good head and a half taller than me, an African American man probably about the same age as me. We had agreed to be conversation partners at a meeting held by the ACLU … Continue reading

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July 12–All Is Welcome Here: Doing Our Work

Jennifer Garrison, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett, and I had a conversation after the service this past Sunday, and then she followed up sharing her reflections.  These are the kinds of interior journeys that become our … Continue reading

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July 11–All Is Welcome Here: Changing our Stories

When Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, says that changing the narratives that support inequity and racial injustice is one of the major requirements for changing the world we live in, he is tapping into something very … Continue reading

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July 10–All Is Welcome Here: Doing the Work

I had the privilege of listening to the Ware Lecture from General Assembly this year just a couple of weeks ago, live streamed from New Orleans.   Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL, offers … Continue reading

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