FROM PROVIDENCE TO KATMANDU AND BACK AGAIN Reflections on a Spiral PathA Sermon byJames Ishmael Ford3 May 2009First Unitarian ChurchProvidence, Rhode IslandText The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name' sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: For thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff, … [Read more...]

A Brief Notice on Comments

Due to attempts to use the comments on my blog for purposes beyond my intent for this blog I have disabled that function.If anyone has anything to say to me about any blog entry, or for that matter, on any subject, please feel free to contact me directly. I post an address prominently in the field to the right of the posts. … [Read more...]

Back frm the Hospital

It is interesting, while it has felt like forever, it is less than forty-eight hours, by a long shot, and we are now home.Auntie actually is walking around, although we think that will change as pain meds wear off.I ran down to the Rite Aid to fill her prescriptions and came back to find one of the lay ministers handing off a bag of yums for us. Nice to feel cared for!I spent most of the past two days at the Miriam. Today walking down the halls and looking into the rooms reminded me of all the … [Read more...]

A Different View on Marriage Equality from Another Miss California

Miss California in 2003 (and the Miss America swimsuit winner...) Nicole Lamarache has stated for the record her support for Marriage Equality. I'm pleased to add Ms Lamarache is a fellow alumn from the Pacific School of Religion and has gone on to ordain and currently serves as pastor of the Cotuit Federated Church out on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts...It is also probably fair to say this Miss California is a tad more competent to speak to the subject than the current one... … [Read more...]


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Down in the River to Pray

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Auntie & I drove up to the Mirriam this morning for her mastectomy.Checking in was uneventful. In the waiting room they have a large display screen that tracks patient's process by number. However, there is no wi fi there, so instead they have my cell phone number and I'm sitting in the cafeteria as I type these words...Auntie, for those who don't know, has lived with Jan and me for nearly twenty years when we moved her and my mother in with us. My mom died a little more than ten years ago, … [Read more...]

On Deleting Blog Entries

I opened my blog this morning to discover an anonymous comment on something I wrote a year ago, it commenting on attending a memorial service for one of Jan's co-workers, someone she deeply admired, and from a distance, so did I.It was a Catholic service and I chose to give a running account of my experience of the service.Over the past year it received four or five comments, all negative. My clinical read on the service annoyed several people, particularly my theological asides.However this … [Read more...]

Stitching a Life

Yesterday I conducted a memorial service.As I prepared for this as is my wont I interviewed the individual's daughter. I actually prefer more family members when possible, but if I can snag a daughter, I'm at least moderately confident I'll get most of the details. (Those who only have sons are probably going to get a sketchy biography. It appears the majority of sons are moderately confident their parents were born. It goes downhill from there...) I got a good story...And within that life story … [Read more...]

Dawning of the Age

The other day I was at a meeting and realized that several of the people with whom I was speaking didn't get my allusion to the fact the Beatles were associated with the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, or, for that matter even what Transcendental Meditation was.I had one of those increasingly frequent moments when I realize I'm getting old...My personal history is now becoming wrapped up not with current events but with history.And I'm aware of an occasional wave of nostalgia for those good old days … [Read more...]