July 14, 2022

What is your first thought upon awakening?  How often is it about physical or emotional exhaustion, time pressures, or worries about the new day?  Are you aware of the process of waking from sleep, or do you immediately and automatically move through a series of activities to get yourself up and out of the house?  How does the beginning of your day affect the hours that follow? The questions above were posed by Richard Rohr in his weekly newsletter from... Read more

July 6, 2022

Q: Any advice for the spiritual practitioner who may be stuck or who needs to dust off their practice?  A: Keep your practice simple and portable. Travel lightly. I asked the question above of Matthew Fox while talking to him about his latest book, Essential Writings on Creation Spirituality. Fox is one of the greatest living spiritual practitioners and academics of our time, with a robust CV that includes writing a total of 37 religion and spirituality books, gender and... Read more

June 29, 2022

I’m sure that at some point you’ve witnessed this scene. You’re out to dinner and glance over at the table next to you—only to see that the entire family has their heads buried in their phones. Mom, Dad, teenage daughter, even preteen son. If you’re like me, you find something unsettling with this picture. In my own home, we have an unspoken rule that bans smartphones and iPads from the dinner table. I once had someone tell me that they... Read more

June 22, 2022

In The Believer, Encounters with the Beginning, The End, and Our Place in the Middle, Sara Krasnostein looks at the core beliefs of several people and groups across our society. This includes evangelicals who run the Noah’s Ark and Creation museums in Kentucky, a group of believers in the paranormal and UFOs, and a death doula. Have you ever heard of a death doula? Like me, you may have heard of a birth doula, “a trained professional who provides emotional,... Read more

June 15, 2022

Wouldn’t it be great if, during times we were stressed or in need of spiritual guidance, we could simply snap our fingers and summon God for assistance? Well, that may not be possible, but in the book Finding God in the Body, Benjamin Riggs offers us the next best thing. It’s an ancient spiritual technique that any of us can master and can put us in direct touch with the divine. It’s known as centering prayer. Centering prayer is a... Read more

June 9, 2022

Are you familiar with Unity, also known as Unity church? Founded in 1889 by Charles Fillmore and his wife Myrtle, it started as a small church within the New Thought* movement. Classified today as “a spiritual nonprofit,” there are currently almost 1,000 Unity “churches” across the US. I was recently reminded of Unity, a group I vaguely knew, by Jim Blake. A former CEO of Unity, Blake has just published a book title The Zen Executive, Gems of Wisdom for... Read more

June 2, 2022

We all want to make a good impression in life, to be the best possible person we can be. Yet, despite our best intentions to be shining examples of love, kindness and compassion, sometimes the stresses of everyday life can wear us down. The job, the kids, the bills, you name it. It’s at these moments, the times when we’re not at our best version, that we need to stop for a beat. Take a deep breath. Center ourselves. And... Read more

May 26, 2022

It was recently reported there are now more than 200 Christian denominations in the United States. Which sounds like a lot, until you discover there are an astounding 45,000-plus denominations around the world. Yet reading the new book by Matthew Fox, Essential Writings on Creation Spirituality, you could come away with a different opinion: there are really only two. Have you heard of the firebrand priest Matthew Fox? An outspoken former Roman Catholic (now Episcopalian) priest, activist and academician, Fox’s... Read more

May 18, 2022

Do you believe in a place called heaven? If you were raised in a Christian household like me, from a young age you heard that when someone passed away, they had “died and gone to heaven.” But where is heaven? And how does one get there? If you read the gospels of the Bible, you might come away with two very different interpretations of the nature of heaven and how one gains admittance. In a nutshell, one heaven is tough... Read more

May 11, 2022

If you’ve passed the half-century mark, I probably don’t have to tell you there can be a downside to getting older. It’s a little tougher to get out of bed in the morning and get moving. Aches and pains begin announcing themselves more frequently. You might occasionally have trouble recalling a name or place or thing you once knew. Yet, with the negatives of growing older, there also comes an upside. We begin to realize that there’s some truth in... Read more

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