She was a friend of God

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She was a friend of GODI’m just getting in from my friend of 33 years mother’s funeral. She’s being buried on her 91st birthday!! What a glorious and full life!! I wouldn't have missed the service for anything. Rita Law was a woman I always gravitated toward at family/friend gatherings. Her light was so bright, I was like a moth to her vibrant flame. Her last few years were marred by worsening dementia and yet one could always sense her inner radiance.Rita raised seven children— all pilla … [Read more...]

Why Busy Christians Need to Learn from Thomas Merton

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The Catholic mystic Thomas Merton’s witness and wisdom can help those of us seeking to integrate contemplation and action today. Who would have thought that a cloistered monk, writing from behind the gated boundaries of the austere Cistercian order, would become a counter-culture hero, the “conscience of the peace movement,” as Daniel Berrigan called him, and a spiritual teacher to millions?Merton first published a spiritual autobiography narrating his conversion to Catholicism and the monas … [Read more...]

Eye Gazing in Prison on Holy Saturday

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I spent Holy Saturday at the Philadelphia FDC 3South floor with 12 incarcerated women attending a 2-day Heart to Heart retreat. I was there to share the gift of yoga and meditation. The women really appreciate our visits and openly express their desire to learn.Our last exercise was an eye-gazing and I was partnered with Smoke, an African American woman of about 35. Smoke smiled a lot and agreed that she was willing to try it but admitted it made her nervous to stare into a stranger’s eyes f … [Read more...]

No Guru, No Method, No Teacher

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Returning to the place where my very first poem formed in my Spirit. I gaze at the trees' reflection and the words return: Look up stretching, never touching, the spindly treetops reach for the clouds Glance down In the rippling water, the treetops dive below the surface brushing the clouds and in the movement of the river, the branches sway slightly Look up tranquil, majestic, at peace in their stillness Penned over 7 years ago, the message of the cross has slowly revealed itself. The … [Read more...]

Praying Dangerous Prayers

William Seymour Prayed dangerous prayers. His holiness, lead to the Pentecostal movement in America

 I am listening to Hillsong’s Oceans. It’s a beautiful song. I am sure some of you have just barfed a little in your mouth, because I triggered the abuse or hurt suffered at the hands of some charismatic or evangelical group. But for me, the song resonates in my soul.We can learn a lot from Evangelicals if we are willing to do so.Like praying.I know, I know- Maybe You hate all that stuff.Maybe we are like a super progressive railing against anyone who dares mention the su … [Read more...]

Something Of God

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“Look for God, suggests my Guru. Look for God like a man with his head on fire looks for water.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat. Pray. Love. A friend of mine recently told me that he has decided to become a mystic.Yeah, just like that.Knowing him to be a deeply spiritual person, I was nevertheless surprised by this decisive announcement. One does not generally expect 24-year-old punk rockers from upper New York to embrace a life of austerity and contemplation. He’s pretty sure he can pull it … [Read more...]

Growing as Agents of Peace and Healing

Come then, my beloved, my lovely one, come. For see, winter is past, the rains are over and gone. Flowers are appearing on the earth. The season of glad songs has come, the cooing of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree is forming its first figs and the blossoming vines give out their fragrance. Come, then, my beloved, my lovely one, come. (Song of Songs 2:10-13 NJB)Throughout the Christian tradition, Christians have experienced a relationship with Jesus Christ in … [Read more...]

Could it be so easy to digest?

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I always wondered what people meant when they said they are spiritual but not religious. Sixteen years as a fundamentalist missionary then another ten years questioning my faith and now here I am… a wandering christian. I went from a strict diet (thinking I was in the light and holding an absolute truth yet suppressing my intuition) to an exuberant buffet of various foods (a place where I only have my intuition to follow as to when to stop and when to return for more).I went from a sinful w … [Read more...]

Walk Towards the Light

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A week ago Sunday I led an Adult Christian forum between services at a Denver church with a real heart for social justice. My topic was “The Gospel Imperative to Do Social Justice: Living into God’s Vision of Shalom.”I chose two Bible verses to highlight:ISAIAH 1:17 (NRSV)                         learn to do good;                    seek justice,                         rescue the oppressed,                    defend the orphan,                         plead for the wi … [Read more...]

Remove My Unbelief

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“Oh Father rescue me from doubt Deliver me from grief Let your joy in me abound Remove my unbelief, remove my unbelief”These are the words from a song by Jenny & Tyler, titled “When Darkness Falls.”  And while the closing line is taken from Mark 9:24, these words strike me this day quite differently than I would normally expect.  When I first read these words, I thought they might be from a Psalm, because of the generally poetic nature of the words, which remind me of a Psalm of Lament … [Read more...]


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