Archives for April 2013

Celebrate Marriage Equality in Rhode Island this coming Sunday, the 5th of May

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Marriage Equality Comes to Rhode Island: A Small Revery So Near the End

It's been a good while coming.People in the congregation of the First Unitarian Church of Providence have been dedicated to marriage equality for about a decade. For the past five years it has been a major project of the congregation. Two years ago the church voted by an overwhelming super majority to endorse marriage equality, calling a press conference and declaring "Homosexuality isn't the sin, homophobia is." A powerful moment in our congregational life.Members of the church have … [Read more...]

Boundless Way Zen in Brooklyn

I'm so pleased to announce a new Boundless Way sitting group forming in Brooklyn.It will be led by my senior student Desmond Gilna. Desmond has been a Zen practitioner for nearly thirty years, studying at several monastic centers in America & Japan prior to starting working with me and our other Boundless Way teachers. I find him a sharp mind and equally important a large heart. I'm particularly confident he will prove to be a competent and generous guide in koan introspection.On the … [Read more...]

A Tip of the Hat to the Bard of Avon

William Shakespeare was born on this day in 1564.I'm so glad...If you have two minutes, this is worth it.And if you have an hour and a half, the whole darned thing, sort of...(with a brief tip of the hat to Amy Webb for editorial assistance...) … [Read more...]

DIE GEDANKEN SIND FREI A Meditation on the Free Mind and Free Religion in Hard Times

DIE GEDANKEN SIND FREI A Meditation on the Free Mind and Free Religion in Hard TimesJames Ishmael Ford21 April 2013First Unitarian Church Providence, Rhode IslandReadingGreater love has on one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.John 15:13This past week in Boston has been an exhausting testimony of frustration, fear, hatred, and who knows what other mysterious currents of the human heart leading to a spasm of violence, two bombs exploding on Boy … [Read more...]

Helping Children Dealing With Horrific News

A resource list from my colleague Cathy Seggel, MTS, Director of Religious Education at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, in Rhode Island. She sent it to our teachers. I thought it might be useful for a wider group of people.As the tragedy at the Boston Marathon continues to lockdown both Bostonians and the hearts of us all, we struggle to support and comfort people of all ages. When this kind of senseless violence strikes, the words of children's television icon and Presbyterian … [Read more...]

We’ll See: A Brief Meditation on Change

A friend just posted this on Facebook. A classic of Calvin and Hobbes wisdom. Boy I miss that strip...And it set me to thinking.I must admit to being somewhat chagrined by my friends who exult in advising people to "not be afraid" of change.I'm not actually sure they know of what they're speaking when they say this, or rather I think they're often more in Calvin's camp, meaning they're all for other people changing.I know I don't want less jelly on my toast than I got … [Read more...]

Nisargadatta Maharaj as a Mind Bubble

Some years ago I was at the installation for a colleague as minister of a Unitarian Universalist church. These things can go on for quite a long time, and I have to admit my mind wandered on occasion. Until, that is, someone quoted a Hindu sage by way of passing on some advice to the new minister."Wisdom tells me I am nothing. Love tells me I am everything. Between the two my life flows."That caught me.I thought how amazing. What a simple summary of the two truths I've found as the … [Read more...]

Colbert on the Boston Marathon Bombing

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Religion & Spirituality in a Changing World: A CBS Documentary

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