Menu & Cutlery on A Restaurant Table

Living the Menu of Life

Recently a friend of mine shared with me one of the lessons she’s been learning as she embarks on a new life with her partner.The two of them are quite different, and they love each other deeply. They are the yin to each other’s yang.But it’s only through the opportunity of living together that my friend has come to see just how different they are, and more importantly – what part she plays in the life she is choosing to live and has chosen to live up to this moment.As she started her … [Read More...]

Have You Arrived?

How do you know when you’ve “arrived?” What I’m asking is, How do you know when you’ve accomplished what you set out to accomplish, or that you have the life you want?With some things, like taking a plane from one city to another, you know exactly when you’ve arrived. The aircraft stops, you get off the plane and you go about your business. But life is not always that cut and dry.I suggest to you that too often we wait to do what we want to do, or experience what we desire to accomplish, … [Read More...]

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

One of the best-loved fairy tales, and the first feature-length film Walt Disney ever did, was Snow White.It’s a typical tale of a girl who finds her Prince Charming, but as with all good fairy tales that have stood the test of time, there are truths embedded in the story.Snow White has an “evil stepmother” who queen of the realm and obsessed with being the fairest in the land. It’s a mirror that keeps her informed of her position, until one day the mirror advises that the Queen has been … [Read More...]


Plugged In

Recently, I was walking down a city street when I saw a 60-something woman outside a coffee shop with her two grandchildren. The children were under age five, and chatting away with each other. What struck me about this little tableau was how 2014 it was. The grandmother was checking her smartphone.How times have changed. From age six to sixty and beyond, everyone seems to have embraced technology, and with it arrives yet another layer of disconnection from the world around us.But is … [Read More...]

“Genie, You’re Free”

Are you thinking about the death of Robin Williams today? With all the news channels reporting it, Twitter feeds going wild and the many photos on Facebook it's pretty hard not to think about it.I'm publishing this week's message early, unedited, unproofed and in completely raw form. Why? Because that's what many of us are feeling right now:  raw emotions. We're feeling sadness at how much we'll miss his humor and crazy antics. We're experiencing rage or anger that he died. Why didn't … [Read More...]


HOT FOR GODBy Nirvana Reginald GayleWe’re in the month of August, the hottest month of the year in the northern hemisphere. So I wanted a theme for my sermons of the month, that dealt with the heat, something hot. So I came up with the theme of “Hot for God.” I almost made it “The Hot’s for God,” but decided that might be a bit to risqué for some folks taste.Hot for God is not unfounded. Christian Mysticism is said to be about a passionate love affair with God. According to Ursula Kin … [Read More...]

Breathing Our Way to More Peace

Do you sometimes feel like no one is listening to you? And, if you find someone who will, do you then wonder if you are being understood? If so, I hope it’s not an experience you have often. Speaking from experience I know it can be a very lonely feeling.No matter how much faith we have in a God above or within, no matter how much trust we give scientific principles, or how many friends we have to support us, there are times for most of us when we feel disconnected. If and when that feeling o … [Read More...]

Why Be Normal?

Do you remember what it was like being a teenager? Boys and girls going through the cycle of adolescence find themselves with a paradox. Their bodies and minds are developing a sense of separation and independence from their parents. At the same time, middle school and high school are places where fitting in, not sticking out, is preferred by most. How can they establish an individual identity where social groups can mean popularity and acceptance? How can they be perceived as “normal?”In fac … [Read More...]

We Are Living In Extraordinary Times

Yes indeed, we are living in extraordinary times. In spite of the negativity, wars & rumors of wars, religious infighting, the decline of the church, and the proliferation of violence, mall killings, mass murders, and ethnic crimes, ecological challenges. There is actually, an unmistakable trend towards a world of greater peace, harmony, tolerance and compassion.There’s the old adage that it’s always it’s darkest just before the storm. Or the truth that there is a great deal of pain that … [Read More...]


Letting Go of the Story

For centuries around the world and in every religion there are storytellers. The Jewish faith relies on its Hasidic stories, the Christians on the stories of Bible, and then there are the Sufi stories told by Nasreddin.One could almost argue that religion requires the storyteller. It is through the lens of the story that we can see ourselves, laugh at our human foibles and gently correct our actions.Storytelling is a gift. A good storyteller weaves a tale with enough color and insight to … [Read More...]