You may notice something today something dirty, something dusty. What you’ll see are – ashes. You’ll see some peculiar people around town who have ashy faces. The first one you come to may been someone who smiles at you. And if you’re feeling a bit “engaged” or “compassionate,” you may awkwardly point toward his or her face and say “Um… Say, You’ve got a little something on your forehead, up there right above your glasses.” If you have a tissue,… Read more

In honor of the supermoons that that will take place this year, and in the next few years, here’s a poignant message I shared in light of the supermoon back in November 2016. It still applies. —- Tonight the moon will look the biggest it will look – for decades. We’re having a Super Moon and at 6:22 AM EST tomorrow morning, the Earth will be the closest it’s been to the moon since 1948 and it won’t be that close… Read more

The current collapse of Cryptocurrencies is like the current collapse of Christianity. At the moment, people are selling off crypto in droves and Westerners are disassociating from Christianity like it’s the plague. The rumors of the death of Crypto, Christ/Christianity, are sorely over-stated. Collapse doesn’t mean death. In the case of these two concepts, collapse is a needed course correction to allow what are blessed gifts to the world to be honed, take root, and emerege to make needed change… Read more

We’ve taken another trip ‘round our Sun. It’s the start of another new year. What to do with it? How shall we live it? As poet Mary Oliver put is, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Pondering our life ahead can seem like looking into an opaque and misty crystal ball, or like entering into a mysterious maze rife with all manner of pits to fall into, countless places to… Read more

“P” is for Poetry To better help people understand the difference between liberal Christianity and progressive Christianity, I’ve referred to what I call the “The 11 Ps of Progressive Christianity“: * Postmodern * Passionate * Poetic * Prophetic/Political * Prayerful * Practical/Practice/Praxis/orthoPraxy * Paradoxical * Pro-LGBTQI * Peaceful/Pacifist * Panentheistic * Pluralistic. It is the third of those three that I intend to convey at this time. Over the years I’ve put forth the following assertions: 

“..Christians rightfully honor and… Read more

A human interest story in the news recently went viral. An infant placed on Santa’s lap in a shopping mall signaled “Help!” using sign language. …Kerry Spencer taught both of her children to sign using American Sign Language before they could speak because she found it useful to be able to communicate with them when they were babies. However, she did not anticipate her son, Samuel, to use his skill to communicate that he did NOT enjoy the experience of… Read more

Sure. “Namaste.” Yes “the divine in me meets the divine in you.” The light in me greets the light in you…. But it’s not just your glitter and gold that I’m looking for. Nice straight teeth and a smile that shines up a room – Okay, yeah. Noted. Petite button nose and luscious locks and tresses. Alright. Impeccable resume gilded with ivy league goodness and summa cum laude highlights. Fine. You’ve attended church every Sunday for the past 20 years…. Read more

If you are on social media you are no doubt abundantly aware of the “Me too” campaign that has been taking place. It’s a powerful way for women to convey to the world that they have been the victim of sexual harassment or sexual assault at the hands of men. It is quite clear that nearly all women have experienced either of those – some on a daily basis. They’re trying to show us the great extent of this problem… Read more

“A scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.” And, I am trustworthy – except when I’m not. I am loyal, except when I broke a vow. I am helpful, except when I’m being selfish and self-centered. I am friendly, except when I’m aloof and dismissive. I am courteous except when I’m rude. I am kind – except when I’m mean. I am obedient. Except when I pull illegal U-turns. I am cheerful,… Read more

Progressive Christianity intentionally seeks to evolve and adapt with the times so that the faith can continue to be sensible, relevant, and meaningful in the lives of people. As part of this, we tend to believe that Christianity isn’t the “best,” “only,” “right,” and/or “true,” religion or way that God is at work in the world. We honor that the Divine is fully at work in all of the major world religions – and beyond. Perhaps a bit like John… Read more

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