The Silent Cry

The Silent Cry: Mysticism and Resistance by Dorothee SoelleI read this on vacation and I’m just now getting time to write about it. It was recommended by a commenter on a PeaceBang blog entry – I figured if a UU minister was recommending a book on mysticism, it was worth checking out. And it was – up to a point.The book begins with a wonderful quote from Rumi: “Why, when God’s world is so big, did you fall asleep in a prison of all places?”Soelle does an excellent job of explaining … [Read more...]

Lughnasadh

Last night was our CUUPS Lughnasadh Circle. We kept the same basic format as we've done the past couple of years - a fairly simple ritual, followed by a Harvest Feast and bardic performances. This picture is Sammi, Ashley, Bonnie, Cynthia, and Michi singing "Battle Raven", a rousing hymn to the goddess Morrigan. I came back from vacation to a zoo at work - too few people trying to do too much with too many people yelling that it's not good enough fast enough. One of the lines from last night's … [Read more...]

Vacationing With iPhone

I don’t rate a BlackBerry at work – for which I am thankful. When I leave work I like to forget about work. But I had been wanting a smart phone for quite some time. I’m very dependent on e-mail for CUUPS and church work, and I like being able to look up something on the internet whenever I think about it. Plus any more it seems like everyone and their cat has a smart phone of one description or another.So I did what I always do – I did a ton of reading and talked to people who had … [Read more...]

Message Delivered

Back in January, I wrote about a prophetic dream I had, and how I was going to have to tell my evangelical Christian friends that their new daughter is going to be (as I put it at the time) “psychically gifted, destined to be a seer and a mystic, and a great source of consternation for her parents.”While they live in Pueblo (which is nowhere close to Durango), it so happened that they were in Albuquerque the day we flew in. So Cathy and I made plans to have lunch with them. I was trying to … [Read more...]

Mesa Verde – Spiritual

Soda CanyonI went to Mesa Verde hoping – expecting – to have a spiritual experience of one variety or another. As those of you who’ve been reading this blog know, the last few months have been rather unsettled for me. Not necessarily bad, just unsettled – like I need to be doing something, but I don’t know exactly what, or why, or how. I was hoping to find some sort of guidance, clarity, enlightenment – pick your term.A Native American site is probably not the best location for me to … [Read more...]

Mesa Verde – Historical

This trip was conceived when I asked Cynthia for a recommendation for an ancient site to visit in the United States. She made several recommendations, but Mesa Verde was her first, and it fit in well with other things to see and do on a trip that was part R&R; and part pilgrimage.This is Mesa Verde as seen from US highway 160.Far View House, one of the earlier structures, built before the famous cliff dwellings. This is a distant view of Spruce Tree House, the most accessible of the cliff … [Read more...]

Silverton

There could be nothing remotely spiritual about a mining town, right? Or about a coal-fired smoke-spewing steam train? Maybe if you're into country music?Let's start with the train. As a feat of engineering, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is just as impressive as the brick structures built by the ancestral Puebloans. No earthmoving equipment, no helicopters, just men and mules and dynamite.Here's Silverton. Yeah, it's turned from a mining town into a cheesy tourist town, but … [Read more...]

Hovenweep

We're back from vacation, a trip to Durango, Colorado and the Four Corners region. It was a mostly good trip with a few small negatives, like getting lost on the way back and a broken windshield on the rental car. Over the next couple of days I'll post some pictures and some thoughts I had on the trip.I'll start with our first destination, Hovenweep National Monument in southeastern Utah. It was built by the ancestral Puebloans, who lived there from about 500 to 1300 CE. Then they moved on, … [Read more...]

Conspiracy Theories

A DMN blogger posted a link to an event titled "WHAT YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW ABOUT 9/11" and followed it with the question:"Does this strike you as a legitimate event or a way to exploit a tragedy to make money?"My answer is "neither." It's an event by and for people who mistrust and/or hate government so much they prefer to believe an elaborate, implausible conspiracy rather than some pretty straightforward evidence.Others simply can't deal with the insecurity and randomness of life. They … [Read more...]

The State of Unitarian Universalism

My favorite UU blogger is Rev. Victoria Weinstein, aka PeaceBang. Yesterday she posted a long essay that started on the recent UUA Presidential election and quickly moved into the state of Unitarian Universalism. While it’s not all gloom and doom, she raises enough issues – and enough issues that hit home with me as a local lay leader – to make me wonder about the future of our religion / denomination / movement.In particular, I have to wonder if any religion or religious subset can … [Read more...]