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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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Harbor: Would You Harbor Me?

Would you harbor me? Would I harbor you? Would you harbor a Christian, a Muslim, a Jew, a heretic, convict, or spy? Would you harbor a runaway woman or child, a poet, a prophet, a king? Would you harbor an … Continue reading

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Foundations: Spring Awakening

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.  There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and … Continue reading

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The Garden: Coexist

So often, when we think of the creatures of the earth, we consider ourselves apart from all the rest.  There are humans, and then there are all the rest of the non-human animals in The Garden (whom we call simply … Continue reading

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The Garden: Mirrors

Nature is often used as a metaphor for the things that go on in our human lives. Children grow and “blossom” into adulthood, explosive anger is said to “erupt like a volcano”, every individual is “as unique as a snowflake”…  … Continue reading

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Departures: Earth Practice

“Aware of our interdependence, we acknowledge that eating ethically requires us to be mindful of the miracle of life we share with all beings. With gratitude for the food we have received, we strive to choose foods that minimize harm … Continue reading

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Sustenance: Take a Breath

We take our first breath the moment we are born, and not until our last breath at the moment we die do we cease to depend on the air that surrounds us.  Although most of us rarely attend conscious thought … Continue reading

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Sustenance: Earth Meditation

Sit somewhere that allows you contact with the Earth.  Perhaps you can actually sit outside on a deck or porch.  Perhaps you can sit near a window so that you can see outside or hear birds sing.  Sit comfortably, feet … Continue reading

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Sustenance: Re-Wilding

I grew up in a large metropolitan city and, while I have always had an affinity for nature, I have never really had an appreciative connection with it.  I enjoy the feeling of grass beneath my feet, but I abhor … Continue reading

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