Buddhist Peace Fellowship Open Letter

An Open Letter from the Buddhist Peace Fellowship to the Embassy of the People's Republic of China.September 9, 2007 His Excellency Hu Jintao President of The People’s Republic of China His Excellency Wen Jiabao Premier of the State Council The Honorable Ye Xiaowen SARA Bureau Director c/o Embassy of the People’s Republic of China 2300 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC 20008 Dear Sirs, On July 13, 2007, the State Administration for Religious Affairs of the People’s Republic of China … [Read more...]

The Transcendentalist Club

On this day in 1836 Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frederick Henry Hedge (pictured to the right), Bronson Alcott, James Freeman Clarke and Convers Francis gathered at Sophia and George Ripley's home in Concord in response to a letter from Hedge to Emerson calling for the creation of a "symposium" that could allow for a "free discussion of theological and moral subjects."Among others the club would eventually include were Theodore Parker, Margaret Fuller, Orestes A. Brownson, Elizabeth and Sophia Peabody, … [Read more...]


It's with that curious but possibly uniquely human combination of joy and sorrow that I reflect on my recent announcement of my intention to leave as senior minister of the First Unitarian Society in Newton at the end of this church year. (For those readers not familiar with suchconventions, this means the 31st of August, upcoming…)First, and foremost, I want to say this. It has been a joy to serve the Society for what at my leaving will have been eight years. Period. Full stop. This is a w … [Read more...]

How To Cook Your Life

I'm so stoked to learn that Doris Dorrie the maker of the delightful little film Enlightenment Guaranteed has a new film coming out in October, How to Cook Your Life. It is supposed to be a guide to Zen featuring the Zen teacher & cook Edward Espe Brown, author of such classics as the Tassajara Bread Book and Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings. I'm confident it will be all that is promised.(thanks to Danny Fisher for the pointer & Ms Theologian for how to add copy) … [Read more...]

My Grandmother’s God, My Father’s God, and My God

MY GRANDMOTHER’S GOD,MY FATHER’S GOD,AND MY GODA Unitarian Universalist Exploration of the Nature of the DivineA Sermon byJames Ishmael Ford16 September 2007First Unitarian SocietyWest Newton, MassachusettsTextI was sent forth from the power, and I have come to those who long for me, I am found among those who seek after me. Look upon me, you who long, Listen deeply, hear me. You who are waiting for me, take me to yourselves. And do not banish me from your sight. Do not make your voice hate me, n … [Read more...]

Thunder, Perfect Mind

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Thunder, Perfect Mind (part two)

I continue to not be able to figure out how to post the YouTube video with commentary. So... My previous post is a video including a reading of some of Thunder, Perfect Mind, a poem, a part of the collection of documents found at Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in 1945. In my opinion this collection is vastly more important than the Dead Sea Scrolls, as important as they undoubtedly are.The poem is sometimes lost in the face of that other astonishing find within the collection, a complete text of the … [Read more...]

Why I Think Theology is Important

Theology is unapologetically prescriptive. It does not claim to be value-free or neutral. Theologians draw upon the beliefs of a particular tradition to suggest a course of action, an appropriate response, a way of life commensurate with what the faith teaches. Theology can be wrong; it cannot be non-commital.Harvey Cox … [Read more...]

Ah to write!

"This is no time for safety," Lance Steele thought to himself as he raced in hot pursuit of the evildoer through the cold night along the narrow road winding through the desolate twisting pass, the smell of burnt rubber rising from the macadam and the occasional spark bursting from the gravel heaved against the titanium guard rail, and he wished that he had remembered to turn the oven off, and that he were not on foot and wearing his new Florsheims.P.C. BurchardSan Diego, CACited by the Chicago … [Read more...]

Dogen’s Eiheiji (part the second)

It was a treat to stumble upon what appears to be a Japanese news story on Eiheiji temple founded by Dogen Zenji, the signal thirteenth century Soto Zen master on YouTube. Not much of a story, as light a bit of fluff as you could expect from the land of cute. But some lovely images and a worthwhile three minutes. I think. Now I've figured out how to post YouTube clips to this blog, but not how to add in my own comments. So, first was the clip and now the comments together with some pointers for … [Read more...]