Category Archives: Sheltering Walls

Sheltering Walls: Practices

In 1999, Lydia and I began a yoga practice in Birmingham, AL called Bikram Yoga (this is not an advertisement).  Over the years, I’ve been practicing, on and off, as I am able to get to a studio.  The last … Continue reading

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Sheltering Walls: Power to Create

When you consider our theme, sheltering walls, what images comes to you?  First image. No second guessing. I imagined asking a room full of people to do that and how rich I suspected the responses would be, but I don’t … Continue reading

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Sheltering Walls: Soul

I wrote yesterday of the Universe and of the sheltering walls that all within it create for us. We may only receive glimpses of these kinds of cosmic sheltering walls, but the truth is that there is nothing in us … Continue reading

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Sheltering Walls: Wherever You are

Wherever you are is home And the earth is paradise Wherever you set your feet is holy land. . .  You don’t live off it like a parasite. You live in it, and it in you, Or you don’t survive. … Continue reading

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Sheltering Walls: Witness

I am thinking of sheltering walls as any experience, concrete or figurative, that create a space of safety and security for us.  Certainly, a sheltering walls experience is relational in some respect. Consider the simple act of witness.  It is … Continue reading

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Sheltering Walls: Test of Time

We raised our children, mostly, in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham does not have a pretty past, and it is not the first image one has of “sheltering walls.”  But I want to tell three stories in short order.  They are the stories … Continue reading

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Sheltering Walls: Who’s In, Who’s Out?

The students were engaged in a lively, passionate discussion.  Both were non-white Americans, and they were arguing over what it means to be a “minority”.  As I listened to them, unnoticed, the argument seemed to be this.  The one student’s … Continue reading

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Sheltering Walls: Circles

I am fascinated with how people gather in spaces that are important to them.  More to the point, I am drawn to the circles that people gather in.  As a teacher for 25 years, I have long found it very … Continue reading

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Sheltering Walls: Among You

The religious leaders were giving Jesus a hard time one day as he tried to talk about what the Kingdom of God was like.  They wanted details:  time, date, description and email address.  In the Gospel of Luke (17:20ff), as … Continue reading

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Sheltering Walls: Ripped Away

Twenty-nine years ago this week, the space shuttle Challenger launched with a teacher, Christa McAuliffe on board.  For months, the nation had watched her prepare and train, and on that morning in January, millions of students were watching along with … Continue reading

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