A happy mother’s day

Being a mother is perhaps the single most life altering, spiritually powerful thing I've ever done. Women often write about how intense and life-changing are the self-sacrifice, the long hours, the intense demands, and the beauty of the love that children bring. Those things are all real. For parents, male and female and every other stripe, parenting is crash course in intense love and compassion and heartbreak. These are good things.For me, being a mother is all of those things and it is … [Read more...]

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Not of this world

On my way to the grocery store I pass two churches. The first is a Lutheran church, an open and affirming one. I visited it last year, and while I thought highly of it, I couldn't sit through an entire service. These days I barely notice the large brick building with its stained glass and preschool playground. Until it hosts the farmers' market in its parking lot. Then I am there weekly, even if I bypass its front doors and sanctuary.The other church is much larger (churches here seem to be … [Read more...]

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Maxim Monday: Be (religiously) silent

I love this one.Spring is in full swing here in Olympia. New colors from fresh blooms appear each morning. The sun's heat is gaining in intensity, despite the bitter the breezes. The lilacs are blooming, although I can't smell them because my sinuses are blocked up. That makes me sad, since lilac is my favorite scent. The birds are raucous in the twilight periods twice a day. Everything is a cacophony of scent, sound, texture and color.But I've been feeling a little quiet lately. Not … [Read more...]

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Maxim Monday: Listen to everybody

The older I get the more I see the wisdom in this maxim. Listen to everyone. Don't just smile and nod, but listen.As some one who is a very quick learner, I spent countless hours itching to get started on assignments or tests, having read the instructions myself, but forced to wait while the teacher spent 15 minutes on directions and trouble shooting tips for the rest of the class. That attitude has carried over into other aspects of my life and I hate to admit it, but I'm often chomping at … [Read more...]

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Sacrifice

The ever provocative Sam Webster posted about sacrifice this week at his biweekly blog on Patheos. Many people seemed off put at the idea of animal sacrifice, but Mr Webster spoke about the many different kinds of offerings and sacrifices that can be made. I think sacrifice is important - especially for modern Western people.What is sacrifice? It is a giving of something precious, something that 'feeds' the gods or spirits, but I also view it as a gift. A simple gift might be on par with … [Read more...]

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The Body

What a complex site of confusion is the body. As spiritual persons we have a host of understandings about it to unpack. As a female in the Western world there are even more complications and understandings to unpack. I'm not going to get too theoretical about either of these points, but instead, as this blog is designed to do, I will talk about my own experience and understanding of the body.Many religious traditions proclaim that the body is a negative thing. That it is a hindrance on our … [Read more...]

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Maxim Monday: Be impartial

Be impartial. Impartial means unbiased, fair, treating all equally, and remaining dispassionate. This is most definitely something I could stand to work on!Of course, some ways are better than others. Some arguments are more 'correct' than others. Some actions and decisions more virtuous than others. But in judging others, in drawing conclusions, being impartial is the best course of action.Impartial means unbiased, fair, treating all equally, and remaining dispassionate. This is most … [Read more...]

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