Canterbury Tales Recalled

It is claimed that Geoffrey Chaucer first tells his Canterbury Tales on this day in 1397 at the court of Richard II.The Prologue in Middle English.How about rapped?Or, if just want to talk a walk... … [Read more...]

One Aspect of Social Engagement as a Spiritual Path

I've had more than one person come to me in the last few months and ask why is it if I'm supposed to be (at least by Unitarian Universalist standards) a spiritual person, why are so many of my sermons and projects focused on social justice issues?It is true my natural inclinations are contemplative. My fantasy retirement is running nearly continuous sesshin, intensive Zen meditation retreats. But actually one reason I've followed my nose into the liberal ministry is because, as I repeat pretty … [Read more...]

A List of Blogs from Buddhist Nuns, Monks, Priests & Teachers

Shamelessly stolen from the wonderful Enlightenment Ward. Some are good, some are bad, some, eh; but you're going to have to figure out which is which for yourself. (Although, I have heard the Monkey Mind on the list is a real blowhard. You probably can safely skip him...)A Hoodie MonkA Monk Amoka raftabiskoAloha SanghaAMIDA-JI RETREAT TEMPLE ROMANIAAshin MettacaraBhikkhuBhikkhu’s BlogBodhi Tree SwayingChán PoetryClear Mind ZenDhamma Diarydhamma musingsDharma ForestDogen Sangha BlogDreaming of Da … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Leo!

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A Shoutout to Jackie Robinson

On this day in 1947 Jackie Robinson took the field with the Brooklyn Dodgers.Thank you, Mr Robinson... … [Read more...]

Sometimes You Just Have to Dance

And when we forget, we need someone to remind us.I've been grumpy & forgetful of such.Thanks to all who pointed me in this direction... … [Read more...]

I’ll be there. How about you?

Human Rights Campaign Clergy Call 2009 … [Read more...]

Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage

The Society for the Relief of free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage, the first American organization dedicted to abolition was formed on this day in 1775 in Philadelphia. Among its organizers were Benjamin Rush and Benjamin Franklin, who would eventually become its president.I think about how long it would take to address the most glaring aspect of what is justly called our American original sin and end it in law.I think of how despite his greatness in so many ways, and how we saw this as such … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Tom

for all your faults, and my god there are a lot of 'em, between you and John Adams we got a republic. … [Read more...]

THE FAITH AND THE LOVE AND THE HOPE ARE ALL IN THE WAITING: Passover, Easter & the Rites of Eternal Return

THE FAITH AND THE LOVE AND THE HOPE ARE ALL IN THE WAITINGPassover, Easter & the Rites of Eternal ReturnA Sermon byJames Ishmael Ford12 April 2009First Unitarian ChurchProvidence, Rhode IslandText I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you Which shall be the darkness of God.As, in a theatre, The lights are extinguished, for the scene to be changed With a hollow rumble of wings, with a movement of darkness on darkness, And we know that the hills and the trees, the distant … [Read more...]