Reach Out and Touch Faith

[Written at the beginning of my blog project, when I was just getting to know Hinduism. I still feel that this post speaks to my experience.] I don’t know if it’s the time spent in the Christian world or the time spent in the pagan world that makes me think I need to have a Personal Relationship with the Divine. In the Evangelical Christian world it’s all about one’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As hard as I tried I never felt close to Jesus. I felt more connected to … [Read more...]

Praying Like a Pilgrim

Christ in Majesty/Christ the Great Hierophant

[This was written in early 2012, when I was immersed in my Christian quarter, revisiting my Christian past. I really like this post. Every tradition has something we can learn from. Re-reading this post reminds me of the benefits of mantra and prayer, mercy and gratitude.] I was hoping to have all of The Pilgrim’s Tale, a Russian spiritual classic, read for review today. Even with kids and limited reading time I can plow through a book if need be. This time? I’m savoring it. In fact, … [Read more...]

He is not here, He is risen!

  I haven’t celebrated Easter in any meaningful way in a long time. I dislike pastels and cartoon bunnies and cheap chocolate, so the mainstream/commercial parts of this holiday don’t interest me at all. I don’t want to start that with my kids, either. There’s enough sugar and cartoon-y fun in our lives as it is. But I do love the resurrection story. Even though we are not a Christian household and even though Jesus is not my god, I love the power of the resurrection story. In … [Read more...]

Late Night Revelations

Albrecht Dürer's Praying Hands from 1508.

I seem to be doing my best thinking in the wee hours of the night, those minutes (or hours) between trips to the bathrooms or careful turnings over. For some reason last night I was thinking of an ended relationship and my reactions to it, wondering if I've been too harsh. In a flash of insight I realized that part of my problem is lingering Christian thinking. I'm the kind of person that takes things seriously. I've often been told that I take things too seriously. (Of course, I've often … [Read more...]

Review: The Showings of Julian of Norwich

JulianNorwich

Mirabai Starr, teacher of philosophy and world religions at the University of New Mexico - Taos, has taken on the challenge of translating the writings of a thirteenth century Christian mystic from England and bringing them to a modern audience. Apparently, Starr is "at the vanguard of the emerging Interspiritual movement," a movement that I can't seem to find a lot of direct information about, but seems to be a rather New Age blur of the three major monotheistic traditions, focusing on a God of … [Read more...]

Singing In Christmas

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Christmas has almost always been a cultural holiday for me. Growing up, I had stockings and a tree, but we never went to services, unless we were visiting family in Australia. Once I started singing I was more inclined to go to midnight caroling services and join in caroling parties. Even as a teenager exploring Christianity on my own, I continued to feel that most of the holiday was more about cultural traditions rather than religious observance. I still feel this way, and I have a soft spot … [Read more...]

My thoughts and predictions on the state of the Papacy

I got online yesterday morning and couldn't figure out why so many people were talking about the Pope. I don't have too many Catholic friends on Facebook. Was he dead? Many of my friends pay attention to religion in some form. What I found was even more surprising. At this point, you may be aware that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning. From what I understand it's the first time in around 600 years that's happened. The last time was during the Schism - a period of time when the Papacy was … [Read more...]


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