Marking the Salt March

Today is the anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi's start on his historic march to the sea.The great heart continues to be an inspiration for me and as I was looking around Youtube seeking something suitable I ran across the clip below, part of a rather strange and in some compelling way beautiful project.If you're not familiar with it, perhaps you'll find it interesting... … [Read more...]

Barack O’Bama

On the Eve of St Patrick's Day it can be good to stop and think of some of those daughters and sons of the Old Sod... … [Read more...]

God, Soul, Buddhism & Liberal Religion

This past Sunday after a worship service which turned on Hungarian-speaking Unitarianism, I caught a little flack for all the god talk. In particular we used several hymns that sang of a God that intervenes in history. One person offered that line which is oft repeated of late but which is perhaps unique to Unitarian Universalist churches, "If we keep hearing all this god-talk in church, I may have stop coming."Actually the speaker is someone I deeply admire for many reasons, and I certainly … [Read more...]

A Statement from the Dalai Lama on the 50th Anniversary of the Tibetan Resistance to the Chinese Occupation

March 10th Statement of H.H. the Dalai LamaToday is the fiftieth anniversary of the Tibetan people’s peaceful uprising against Communist China’s repression in Tibet. Since last March widespread peaceful protests have erupted across the whole of Tibet. Most of the participants were youths born and brought up after 1959, who have not seen or experienced a free Tibet. However, the fact that they were driven by a firm conviction to serve the cause of Tibet that has continued from generation to gen … [Read more...]

Following a One Day Zen Retreat

Those involved refused to be identified... … [Read more...]

The Dog Delusion

Our source for this informative picture says "my cats are too lazy to read, but they did listen to the book on tape." … [Read more...]

Brief Thoughts on Another Church Shooting

It was so sad to hear of yesterday's shooting at the Maryville, Illinois First Baptist Church.I just don't understand the bizarre fascination of so many reports with the explosion of the Reverend Fred Winters' bible at the shot that would kill him. Although it reminds of me a suicide I witnessed in my young adulthood, where someone jumped from the rooftop of the building that housed the bookstore in which I was working. He landed on his head which exploded. After covering the body with a tarp … [Read more...]

Briefest on Christian Not Knowing

Today is the feast of the Christian bishop Gregory of Nyssa. His brother was the renowned Basil of Caesarea & together they are known by the sobriquet "Cappadocian Fathers." Gregory was an incredibly important theologian, a principal in the Christological debates, particularly against the Arian tradition, contributing to the development of the idea of Trinity as well as being among the first to speak of God as infinite.He is interesting to me for two reasons.First was his interest in … [Read more...]

FOR FAITH IS THE GIFT OF GOD: A Reflection on Meeting Tranyslvanian Unitarians

FOR FAITH IS THE GIFT OF GOD A Reflection on Meeting Transylvanian UnitariansA Sermon byJames Ishmael Ford8 March 2009First Unitarian ChurchProvidence, Rhode IslandText His majesty, our Lord, in what manner he – together with his realm – legislated in the matter of religion at the previous Diets, in the same matter now, in this Diet, reaffirms that in every place the preachers shall preach and explain the Gospel each according to his understanding of it, and if the congregation like it, well. If … [Read more...]

On Trusting the Solitude

But everything that once perhaps will be possible to many, the solitary man can already prepare for and build now with his hands, which go less astray. Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and bear the pain which it has caused you with fair-sounding lament. For those that are near you are far, you say, and this shews that distance begins to grow round you. And when your nearness is far, then your distance is already among the stars and very great; be glad of your growing, into which you can … [Read more...]