Rules – to Include or to Exclude?

We can never be separated from Theos/God.

What does that mean when it comes to all of the rules – all of the doctrine and dogma – that we’ve been taught for so long is an integral part of our faith?

It means that we recognize them as limitations on our spiritual growth and, wherever they conflict with living our agapé relationship with God, we set them aside as relics of our spiritual past.

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Tweets from the Progressive Blogosphere – 2014-05-03

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Easter 2014 – Resurrection and Relationship – To Love One Another

It doesn’t matter if there was ever a man called Jesus. It doesn’t matter if his body was brought back to life. Nor does it matter if he could eat dinner with his disciples, or walk through the barred door of a hidden room. It isn’t important whether or not Thomas was able to stick his fingers in the nail holes in Jesus’ hands or the spear wound in his side. What matters is that the Message of the Christ couldn’t be silenced in spite of the best efforts of the people who thought that they were in charge.

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Easter 2014 – Good Friday

The sorrow and tragedy of Good Friday doesn’t come from any imaginary need on “God’s” part for a sacrificial lamb. Rather, Good Friday underlines the reality that two millennia hasn’t been enough for us acknowledge our interconnectedness with each other and all of Creation

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Advent 2 2013 – Peace

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Peace doesn’t come from the decree of a king, no matter how wise or just. Peace comes because “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord.” Nelson Mandela’s Peace came from a deep gnosis that we each must play a part, large or small, in the realization of the interconnectedness of the world; an interconnectedness that is symbolized in the Nativity.
As we approach Christmas, may our Peace come from our commitment to the same goal.

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Advent 1 2013 – Hope

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This is part 3 of 4 in the collection Advent 2013

The Hope that becomes incarnate in the Nativity becomes a little more embodied in the world whenever any one of us acts toward another and toward Creation in a more just and compassionate way. It comes a little closer to realizing the Kingdom of Heaven on earth when we refuse to accept injustice or oppression or persecution

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Gramma’s Turkey: A Religious Observance?

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This is part 2 of 4 in the collection Advent 2013

We define our religion in terms of doctrine. But what about our faith? Religion is a set of rules and regulations. Faith is our living relationship with Theos. It’s the ongoing and sometimes unexpected encounter with the Divine.

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Happy Holidays … While the Merry Bells Keep Ringing

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what would this time of year be without the superficial debate about whether we should say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays… or maybe just opt for a muttered bah humbug?

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