Here’s to our Graduates

In August a brand new class of ministerial graduates will become eligible to enter the profession. Never in our history has a class had as many advantages, options and doable opportunities as these fine and capable students. There is money available to sponsor and help in the pioneering of ministries in appropriate and potentially productive [Read More...]

Dr. Holmes Quote from Vancouver conference

I’m just home from a marvelous conference in Vancouver, Canada. What a treat. At the conference I was blessed to speak too many of our people on Friday morning and I have received quite a few requests to supply the quote I used from Dr. Holmes. I thought this would be a good place to [Read More...]

Mystic to the Ears

The Spiritual Living philosophy, and those akin to it within the New Thought community and elsewhere, have long sought to redeem the term “mystic” from its association with the strange and supernatural. One of my dictionaries defines a mystic as one engaged in “occult rites and practices.” We might also reframe the term “occult.” Literally, [Read More...]

Going Integral in Spiritual Organization

The idea of “Integral” – or the recognition that evolution is the process by which new ideas/concepts/actualities emerge into form through people, organizations and cultures, is new in many spiritual circles. It is, however, a factor that we cannot ignore any longer. The very definition of evolution is changing (actually evolving) on a continual and [Read More...]

Politics and Religion

The question comes up every now and then whether religion belongs in politics? It’s a good question and it deserves regular discussion. My initial response, I suppose, would be what do we mean by religion? If we’re talking about basic human compassion and universal values such as equality, fairness, education, human rights and independence I [Read More...]

Responsible for Our Path

It can be quite challenging accepting responsibility for ourselves in this wonderful world, but the benefits are huge.  To refuse to be victimized by others’ actions or be subject to the whims or capriciousness of form, whether physical, emotional or mental, is a pure spiritual act. To live in the faith that “all is God [Read More...]

Love is What You Are

As we cross the threshold into “Love Month” I am reminded of something the poet Rumi once said:  “When I tried to write about Love, the nib of my pen broke.  When I tried to explain Love, I found myself floundering like a donkey on a muddy trail.”   Kabir Helminski, a translator of Rumi, adds: [Read More...]

Who Really Changes?

I’ve been thinking that some things (aka people) need to start changing to fit into my life. As soon as a travel down that road, I soon realize in order to effect change within someone else, I have to effect it within myself first. Instead of falling back into old patterns of behavior, like trying [Read More...]

The Next Step

It’s my belief that everyone has the potential for greatness and that the only thing that ever suppresses it is fear. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “They conquer who believe they can”, and in turn, they succeed who are willing to face their fear. I would think that most of us have some intention, either one [Read More...]

Happy New Year

One of my all-time favorite stories was shared with me by Dr. Arleen Bump the senior minister of the Center for Spiritual Living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Bump relayed to me an experience she had had at her church directly following Hurricane Katrina. The hurricane had severely damaged her center in Fort Lauderdale, tearing [Read More...]