Practicing Sabbath: Easier Said Than Done

My wife and I have been experimenting with hiking as part of our Sabbath practice: to get out of our heads and into our bodies, and to get outside into nature.  I use the words “experiment” and “practice” intentionally because praising the ideal of Sabbath as a weekly, twenty-four hour “sanctuary in time” is much [Read More…]

A Nonviolent Protest: Read from the Qur’an this Sunday

My commitment to religious freedom means that I support the right of a pastor in Florida to burn Qur’ans.  But I strongly disagree with the wisdom of his proposed actions.  As Gandhi taught, “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.” Case in point, the AP reported this morning that, “Hundreds of angry [Read More…]

How Buddhism Taught Me to Pray as a Christian

I was raised as an evangelical Christian to spend twenty minutes each day in a “quiet time” with God: reading the Bible, journaling, and praying. When I first visited a Zen Buddhist Center as an undergraduate religion major, I was invited to sit zazen for forty-five minutes, more than twice the amount of “quiet time” to which I was accustomed. [Read more…]