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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Transitions

My mother passed away recently. Our theologies were very different. Our faiths were identical. Continue reading…

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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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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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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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Living Faith

A man praying at a Japanese Shintō shrine.

A man praying at a Japanese Shintō shrine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Gospel writers often portray Jesus as countering some ploy or another of the legalists to catch him up in a contradiction. It was a neat writing strategy to show how the Message of the Christ differed from the letter of the Law that was the basis of the old religion.

We find ourselves in a similar situation today, where supposed religious leaders spend their time dissecting doctrine and dogma in order to prove themselves the most worthy to tell us what “God wants us to do.”

As we focus our thoughts for today, let’s think about what it means to be in an inseverable relationship where everything is included, and where “all of them are alive.”

Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.Luke 20:38

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Strength

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Strong Man (Photo credit: Max-California)

“Strength” is expressed, and experienced, in all kinds of ways. And yet there are times when it seems as though many of us aren’t sure how to express the strength of our faith from a progressive stand point. We end up seeming uncertain or hesitant.

When we take time to reflect today, let’s make a point of considering how it is that we can express the strength of our faith “in every good work and deed.”

… comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:17

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Noisy People

Feel The Noise

Feel The Noise (Photo credit: Blue Yonder)

In the Old Testament, the hymns – the psalms –frequently call for people to “shout out” and be “joyful.” This in spite of the fact that they also spend a lot of time talking about how God’s gonna wipe them out for being stiff-necked and selfish.

Personally, I prefer the former.

I also think that, following our theme of reflection for this week, that it’s worth our while to consider what it is that we have to be joyful about. Regardless of the challenges we’re facing, let’s take a few minutes to find one thing that we can center our thoughts on that could make us “break forth into joyous song.”

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Psalm 98:4

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The Reflection of Job

An outer view of the Druze shrine of Prophet Job

An outer view of the Druze shrine of Prophet Job (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God, Job 19:25-26

We would interpret the excerpt above in a totally different way than the people that the author of Job wrote it for. Job’s “Redeemer” wasn’t the Christ. He would have been a mediator – a lawyer- to make Job’s case to God that he didn’t deserve what was being heaped on him. What would he have thought, I wonder, in the context of the story, to find out that it was God who had set him up for it?

In a traditional Christian context, the “Redeemer” fixed our relationship with God. But in a progressive Christian context we know that our relationship isn’t broken. Perhaps our Redeemer, as mediator, can help us to understand what it means to live an inseverable relationship with Theos and all of Creation.

Before you start the daily routine of your life today, take a few minutes to consider what it means to live in the context of an all-encompassing network of mutuality.

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