Courage

I expect by now you’ve heard the story: seen the pictures of the people bludgeoned by water cannons, the dog in a gas mask, the sufi dervish whirling in the street with deliberate disregard for the danger of his surroundings. It started simply enough. A group of people decided to sit in to protest a [Read More...]

Incarceration Nation

Incarceration nation, where did you put your young men? You put them in a plea bargain; you put them in a felony record; you put them out of your mind. Incarceration nation, your heart is in a prison cell; your future is in a prison cell; your conscience is in a prison cell. Incarceration nation, [Read More...]

Role Camera

It will only be five minutes. A favor. Celebrating women in the month of May and need a female minister to represent. When she asked a few weeks ago, calling in the middle of a rich and full work day, I said yes, okay, sure. I needed practice publicly speaking about ministry, especially as a [Read More...]

On Keeping Up

I have a half dozen ideas for things I’d like to write about swirling about in my head. Reflections about reflections. Thoughts about thoughts, about how the mind works, about how the mind works when there’s so little time to write or read or have a meandering relaxed conversation with a friend, but there’s lots [Read More...]

Benediction for the Wind (on the occasion of a killer tornado)

What better way to get people praying than to remind us of random chance? What better way than the cold logic of air rising, falling, killing here, not there; this one, not that. Where I come from we name them by a year: 2011, 1957, 1925, and remember deaths, 695, 255, 12. What better way [Read More...]

Acts of God

People are dead, including children. Whole neighborhoods are utterly destroyed, brought down to foundations and rubble. People are injured, traumatized, bereft. And there is no one to blame. No bomber, no shooter, no mad man or terrorist. Simply an “act of God.” How I hate that phrase, act of God. As if God would come [Read More...]

Compassion and Connection

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has graced New Orleans with his presence this weekend. Prayer flags are fluttering from balconies more accustomed to Mardi Gras beads and brass bands are sharing the scene with throat singing… HH Dalai Lama arrived under the auspices of a conference called “Resilience: Strength Through Compassion and Connection.” Those familiar [Read More...]

A Bad Day for Theocracy (14 May 2013, marriage equality Minnesota)

A bad day for creeds; a bad day for stares; a bad day for blind obedience to blundering oracles, as Henry put it long ago. A bad day for obedience. A bad day for “act like us.” Why not, Ralph asked, long ago, why not behold god and nature face to face with our own [Read More...]

Consent

My friend recently shared an article that complained about dog lovers foisting their animals on the non-dog-loving public. Although I am a ridiculously passionate dog lover, I have to say I agree. People who don’t want to deal with dogs shouldn’t have to be approached by them. Also people shouldn’t have to worry about their [Read More...]


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