Who is a Buddhist?

So, who is a Buddhist?And who is not?This is an issue of some import as we have entered an era where Buddhist thought is cited for various purposes within our culture. And so, who may speak for the tradition? And who should be considered winging it while merely appealing to the name without justification?It is in fact problematic as Buddhism is some five hundred years older than Christianity and during its whole history has never had a leading or normative institution, such as Christianity‚Äôs R … [Read more...]

Hitler Returns to Berlin

Jan & I saw the revival to Mel Brook's the Producers down in New York City a year or two past.I saw the movie years before that, of course.Seeing the live production led me to thoughts about evil and humor and the passage of time.That humor will be applied to even the worst things imaginable is inevitable. Think Monty Python's dealings with the Spanish Inquisition...The question is timing.Beyond that the why is more complex...But it does happen.It's a human thing, apparently...And so, … [Read more...]

Would You Go to Church With this Preacher?

Our official church photo historian Richard Boober just shot me a snap he took from when I was greeting folk before worship this Sunday.Time to go back to Weight Watchers.And maybe get a haircut... … [Read more...]

HOW TO BECOME A GAY CHURCH: A Call to a New Age in Spiritual Community

HOW TO BECOME A GAY CHURCHA Call to a New Age in Spiritual CommunityA Sermon byJamesIshmaelFord17 May 2009First Unitarian ChurchProvidence, Rhode IslandTextIf indeed we love the Lord with all our hearts, minds, and strength, we are going to have to stretch our hearts, open our minds, and strengthen our souls, whether our years are three score and ten or not yet twenty. God cannot lodge in a narrow mind. God cannot lodge in a small heart. To accommodate God, (our hearts) must be palatial.William … [Read more...]

Separate But Equal

On this day in 1954 the American Supreme Court overthrew the long standing "separate but equal" public education policy.Many consider this the beginning of the American civil rights movement. … [Read more...]

Write a Quick Letter to Help Save Aung San Suu Kyi

Danny Fisher posted this from Amnesty International:Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, has been detained for 13 of the last 19 years, mostly under house arrest. On May 14, 2009, Aung San Suu Kyi and two of her assistants were taken from her home to Insein Prison following an incident in which an American man allegedly swam across a lake to her house and stayed there for two days. Reliable reports beginning in early May confirm that while still confined in her Yangon home … [Read more...]

Because I Could Not Stop for Death

Emily Dickinson died on this day in 1886... … [Read more...]

Burmese Dictators Imprison Aung San Suu Kyi

In the latest of a litany of human rights abuses the dictatorship in Burma has taken the ailing Nobel Peace laureate and democratically elected leader of the nation¬†Aung San Suu Kyi from her long time house arrest and imprisoned her at the notorious Insein Prison. In response to this latest outrage, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon issued a statement stating: "The Secretary-General is gravely concerned about the news that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved to the Insein Prison to face criminal … [Read more...]

Life is Good

Yesterday afternoon I called the surgeon's office to inquirer about the status of the lymph node biopsy from auntie's mastectomy thirteen days ago. The person with whom I spoke said the biopsy was in but the doctor was not. I asked if Joan the nurse supreme was available & was told they would ask her to get back to me. But she didn't.Last night I awoke at two in the morning and didn't get back to sleep until somewhere in the neighborhood of three thirty. This is rare for me. I usually fall … [Read more...]

Julian of Norwich

Today is Julian's feast in the Roman calendar. She was commemorated among Anglicans and Lutherans a couple of days ago... … [Read more...]