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...]

Dual Observance and Me

Albrecht Durer, Die Vier Hexen (or The Four Witches), 1497.

Dual observance, the practice of  more than one tradition at one time, is more common than most people realize, I think. It's not just for Pagans, either. For some people, it becomes syncretism, a blending of two (or more) systems into one. For some, one practice is spiritual or religious and the other practice is more cultural. Some people pick and choose parts of various traditions they like, leaving the difficult, challenging, or distasteful aspects by the wayside. For others, like myself, … [Read more...]

He is not here, He is risen!

Or, thinking ahead to Easter. I'm a little premature. Easter isn't until April, and I'll be knee deep in the mud of my Place quarter. 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 … [Read more...]

Virgin Mary in Song

Let's have some music for your weekend! My kids are feeling poorly. I'm blogged out from all the coverage of the Pantheacon transgender/Z Budapest conflict/discussion. So let's have some beauty! To song! The most famous of all songs about the Virgin Mary is the Ave Maria, the Latin version of the Hail Mary: "Hail Mary, full of grace, God is with you; blessed are you among women and blessed it the fruit of your womb, Jesus; Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour … [Read more...]

Lent comes early this year

...For me, at least. Today is Fat Tuesday. Not being culturally Catholic, I've never had a grasp on when Mardi Gras occurs, but I think it's today - a huge blow out before Ash Wednesday tomorrow when Lent begins for Catholics and other Christians. Eastern Orthodoxy doesn't have this tradition. The two weeks leading up to Lent (which begins next week for them) are Meat Fare (eat the meat) and Cheese Fare (eat all the dairy but no meat), where they wind down before their vegan Lenten fast. I … [Read more...]

Fifteen Years in the Wrong Shoes – part four

This part of my testimony is all about graduate school, and it brings us up to the present. When we left off I had just moved to Berkeley, started work on my master's degree, and broken up with my girlfriend. You can read parts one, two, and three by clicking the links. I think I always knew I was going to end up in Berkeley at the Graduate Theological Union. It had been on my radar for years. I liked the small school consortium and the ecumenical and interfaith make up of the place. It had a … [Read more...]


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