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 [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 [Read More...]

HOT FOR GOD

HOT FOR GOD By Nirvana Reginald Gayle We’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 [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 [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 [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. [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 [Read More...]

Being Raggedy Ann in a Barbie World

Have you ever felt out-of-place in social situations? I have. A friend once said she often felt “like a house dress in an evening gown world.” Talk about feeling out of place! Imagine showing up for a party in very casual, knock-around-the-house clothes, only to discover it was a black-tie affair. NOT pretty! First let [Read More...]

I’m on vacation this week – away from home AND away from all my electronic gadgets! I hope this week you’ll enjoy a revised version of a popular article I wrote in 2012. See you next week with something brand new and fresh! Terry   I am Diagonally Parked in a Parallel Universe Have you [Read More...]

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What’s to like about beauty?

It’s summer, and if there is one thing we know about summer it’s that beauty seems to be everywhere. Summer is nature’s ode to the energy that has been put in through the rains of spring. Everything in life blooms with possibilities. We are able to relax and take hold for a period of time [Read More...]


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