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Vulnerabilities on display

Living authentically is ridiculously easy and terribly difficult. It is so very easy because when we’re truly living and acting from a place of authenticity, life flows...


Quest for Meaning: A UU Collective

The Journey is Essential

On the verge of two weeks of study leave, I offer this ancestor wisdom to the world: Journey with peace, courage, mercy, compassion, and love beloveds.  And may our dreams be realized…

The Principles of Spiritual Living

Why Be Normal?

Do you remember what it was like being a teenager? Boys and girls going through the cycle of adolescence find themselves with a paradox. Their bodies and minds are developing a sense of separation and independence from their parents. At the same time, middle school and high school are places where fitting in, not sticking [Read More...]

Revealing Your LuminEssence

Living Life Anew

If we’re not conscious of where we place our attention, habits that we don’t particularly desire to cultivate can also be triggered and take us down a dull and lifeless road filled with unhealthy beliefs and feelings . How can you catch these negative culprits as they float in and out of your consciousness?

Conversations with God

Through the corridors of all human experience has this Truth been echoed

As we approach Valentine’s Day (do not forget to memorialize this day if you are in a committed or important relationship!), I thought it might be helpful for us to look at this business of love as it is seen in the eyes of God, from what I have come to understand as a result [Read More...]

Ken Wilber Wake Up Grow Up


  Ken explains why an all-knowing, all powerful God would ever want to create a universe to begin with. He then describes an approach to spirituality anchored in direct experience rather than belief or dogma—experience that can be best cultivated through a genuinely integral approach to spiritual practice. Question: Why does Spirit bother to manifest [Read More...]

Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome

11 Religions "Same in Heart"

“You pray in heart?” my favorite Muslim cab driver asked me from the front seat. I met his dark eyes in the rearview mirror and nodded yes. Yes, I pray in heart.

Sarah Over the Moon

Lauren Winner’s Real Sex and Sex as Sacrament

Recently (at the request of many blog readers who read my series on Christian dating books: “You Are Not Your Own”), I borrowed Real Sex, by Lauren Winner* from my local library and read it. As I’ve stated in a previous blog post, I was not a fan. It failed to live up to the [Read More...]

Wake Up Call

Moving away from formal religion—toward a one-to-one relationship with God.

The problem is that we have lost religion—in the deep meaning of the word. We have formal religions that contain the seeds of genuine religiousness, but they are weakened by…fundamentalism, moralism, empty ritual, misunderstood teachings and general irrelevancy. ~Thomas Moore Are you one of the millions worldwide who classify themselves as “spiritual but not religious”? [Read More...]

Pluralism, Pragmatism, Progressivism

Scientific Rigor and Spiritual Evolution: The Work of Jeffrey Kripal

This post is part of a summer-long Patheos series on 2014 Religious Trends. This week, the focus is the Spirituality Channel on “Is the Veil Thinning? Time, Consciousness, and Spiritual Evolution” This topic is timely for me because last week, I began teaching a 6-session course in my congregation based on Jeffrey Kripal’s new book “Comparing Religions: [Read More...]

A Happy Medium

The Unveiling

Ascension, or sometimes called the Shift, seems to be a buzz word that isn’t just circulating around yoga classes, meditation circles or trendy coffee houses. It’s expanded from the spiritual gurus into mainstream society. Both terms are often misunderstood and considered new-agey and woo-woo when, in reality, ascension is merely a fancy word for change. [Read More...]

The Divine Feminine

The Veil

I first heard the phrase “the veil is lifting” back in the 90’s; at the time, I would imagine that each of us who heard it mentioned in the rather generic way in which it was brought to our attention, thought of it as being something a little different. We didn’t discuss it. One of [Read More...]

Spirituality and Consciousness

Changing Consciousness – Changing Us

Changing Consciousness – Changing Us By Pamala Oslie   Many believe that consciousness is shifting. If that’s true, will humans basically be the same, just nicer and more accepting? Or will bigger changes occur? What will we be able to do?   As babies, when we had developed enough to become mobile, we began crawling. [Read More...]

Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart: A Guided Meditation with Images
By Christine Valters Paintner