May 22, 2009

This week’s “Texas Faith” question from the Dallas Morning News asks “What don’t most people understand about religious faith?” The panelists gave some good answers, but I have a particular thought that the experts only touched on briefly.In my mind, the biggest misconception about religious faith is the idea that faith consists of affirming a set of supernatural propositions, that faith = belief. This concept (which is accepted unquestioningly by most people I encounter) is unique to Christianity in general,… Read more

May 20, 2009

No, I’m not moving. At least I don’t think I am – if I’ve learned nothing else from three job-related cross-country moves it’s to never be too sure about these things.After a month of internal debate and wrestling with the not-insignificant cost of travel, I’ve registered for the Druid Gorsedd being held in California at Lughnasadh. It’s being organized by an collection of OBOD (Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids – I’m a member, though there are no groups in… Read more

May 17, 2009

At today’s Spring Congregational meeting, I was elected Board President for a second time (I was also President in 2005-06). I really had no idea what I was getting into last time – this time I think I do. And while I’m sure something will come up that no one is expecting right now, I think it’s going to be a good year.We have a lot of work to do, mainly in regards to our transition from a fellowship to… Read more

May 12, 2009

I filled up last night for $2.099 a gallon – the first time I’ve paid over $2 a gallon for gas in many months. Here’s a story from the AP about how oil got over $60 a barrel today.You didn’t have to be an oracle to see this coming – here’s a link to a rant I had back in early March, about how people were going back to buying big SUVs and trucks once gas dropped below $3 a… Read more

May 12, 2009

Yesterday I came across this essay titled “Stop Asking God to Make a Better World.” It’s from James Denison, the “theologian-in-residence” for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, which is a moderate (i.e. – not fundamentalist) Baptist association. The essay is rather weak, but it has a good point – a point that was expressed in a much better way in a prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi:Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;where there is hatred, let… Read more

May 10, 2009

Via the DMN Religion Blog, here’s a story about a Methodist church that went from old and dying to vibrant and growing. The lessons it teaches are applicable to any religious group, be it Methodist or Muslim, Wiccan or Druid – even Unitarian Universalist.1) “You’ve got to get to know the people you’re called to serve.” That’s simple enough – unless you get to know people as people, how are you going to know what they need… and how are… Read more

May 9, 2009

I’m still here – I didn’t crash and burn on last weekend’s trip to Tennessee. It went rather well, all things considered. I’ve just been extremely busy… and still rather distracted.I’m reading Karen Armstrong’s A History of God, subtitled “The 4,000-year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.” I’m about 2/3 through it – I’ll have much more to say about it when I’m finished. For now, I’ll just say that I’m very disappointed (though hardly surprised) that I spent all… Read more

April 30, 2009

The Naked Theologian had a great post last week that I’m just now coming across, titled “Theology is to spirituality what honeycomb is to honey.” It discusses why we need both theology and spirituality, and why people who want to be “spiritual but not religious” are selling themselves short.Here’s the key quote:[This] analogy illustrates the fact that spirituality without theology is a puddle of sweet goo; it can’t be handed over (except in extremely messy form) to other people or… Read more

April 28, 2009

Along with Samhain, Beltane is my favorite Pagan holiday. They’re 180 degrees apart on the wheel of the year, the beginning of Summer and Summer’s End. The light and the dark. Birth and death.Alas – I’ll be in Tennessee, at a family wedding. I hope you’ll be there… Read more

April 26, 2009

When you get the same message over and over again from radically different sources, it probably means Somebody is trying to tell you something.Today’s service at DUUF was led by Megan Dalby-Jones, a candidate for UU ministry on leave from seminary while she supports her partner’s career (i.e. – she’s stuck in DFW for the time being). Her sermon was titled “Faith Beyond Belief,” a rather personal look at how our beliefs and our faith aren’t necessarily the same thing…. Read more

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