Fasting as an invitation to empty weekly message Mar 16, 2021

Fasting as a spiritual discipline deepens our commitment for spiritual awakening, helps us to see what we truly value, and seeks to restore a sense of intimacy with the Divine. Fasting is more than just skipping a few meals. It is a dynamic, spiritual practice that helps us embody a sense of...

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The Deep Brokenness in the Soul of America weekly message Jan 13, 2021

On Wednesday, January 6th, hundreds of insurrectionists stormed the Capitol building as our political leaders gathered to certify the electoral votes. They had been goaded into action by President Trump and lackeys like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri; Cruz is now...

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Spiritual Companions and the Holy Life weekly message Nov 19, 2020

I'm excited to start offering a weekly call that helps us explore your spiritual journey. Help me find the best time for this.

As an incentive, I am giving away my favorite book in spiritual discernment Henri Nouwen's Lifesigns. It is a phenomenal book. 

 

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I am yours and you are mine weekly message Nov 04, 2020

The result of this election is not what many of us hoped for. There is still a good possibility that Joe Biden wins enough electoral votes to carry the presidency. He is ahead in the popular vote by 2.5 million, but that is not what matters in our system. And, regardless, we did not receive the...

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Practicing alone usually means we don't practice at all weekly message Sep 04, 2020

Hafiz writes,

A hunting party
Sometimes has a greater chance
Of flushing love and God
Out into the open
Than a warrior
All Alone

There is a distorted understanding of the spiritual journey that says we have to walk it all by ourselves. It says that meditation and prayer are solitary practices and...

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We Need More Chaplains weekly message Aug 26, 2020

About 10 years ago I was on a clergy retreat in the middle of the woods in New Hampshire. And I was sitting by the fire with a mentor who had been guiding me for over 10 years at that point. He lived the type of life I aspired to and I took every opportunity I could to listen to him. But at one...

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When the Government is the Abuser weekly message Aug 11, 2020

A few days ago, President Trump's new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy fired all of the top managers of the USPS in what is being called the Friday Night Massacre. DeJoy’s appointment was loudly criticized as part of a scheme to undermine the Postal Service as an institution. He has no prior...

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Aligning the Inner and Outer Landscapes weekly message Aug 05, 2020

Several years ago, I read an account of a psychological test performed on Israeli soldiers. Three platoons were marched into the desert. The first platoon set out with no instruction and marched for 20 miles not knowing when it would end or what the point of the exercise was. The second platoon...

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I've been having a hard time sleeping recently weekly message Jul 29, 2020

I've been having a hard time sleeping recently. In part, because it's been so hot and I don't sleep well in the heat. But I also think that the stress of the ongoing pandemic, our chaotic political situation, and a growing sense of isolation from the people I care about have all been wearing on...

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Meditation Gives Me a Chance weekly letter Jul 21, 2020

 

Meditation gives me a chance. It gives me a chance to notice the influences guiding my thinking. If I am able to notice these influences, and I have the willingness to be generous, then I can act in ways that are not only helpful to the world but make me happy as well. Meditation gives me...

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For those who are white, repentance is the path sermon Jun 08, 2020
Liberation theology for white people is a theology of surrender and repentance. There are, however, at least three ways that we can help those who have been oppressed as we attempt to walk the path of our repentance.
  1. We must make reparations to the descendants of those who were enslaved and...
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