Grace
Apr08

Grace

“…Grace shows up in the portal of not knowing. When the heart is clenched tight, whether in anger or certitude, in fear or in grief, grace coaxes the fist open, looks into the palm and reads there a lifeline of a larger possibility. Grace is an open hand, extended to the stranger, to the loved one, to the wounded one within. It is the open hand of relationship, of kindness, of blessing.” – Karen Hering Salt of...

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Holding Sacred Space For a Friend
Mar24

Holding Sacred Space For a Friend

Have you ever experienced something like this? I sat together with a friend one night within the dark night of his soul. I held for him a greater truth, the essence of which he could not see. I held it until he was eventually able to shed enough of what no longer served him, and was able to see the spark of light that had been within him all along. It was the spark of his true spirit; his goodness and his gifts. It gave me pause. I...

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Science and Spirituality
Feb19

Science and Spirituality

“What would the world look like then, if every single one of us felt complete, felt whole, and felt interconnected? When you let go of individual survival, all of your priorities change because you actually see the entire world as your body. You see the suffering of others as your own suffering and you want to help. What is the actual power of a human being to really benefit the world, when they are able to put the priorities of...

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The Power of Song
Jan22

The Power of Song

Oh, that we hold ourselves to a higher purpose through these trying times. – The song, Finlandia (This Is My Song), was originally written and sung in 1899 as a covert protest against increasing censorship of Finland by the Russian Empire. The lyrics written in 1941 are powerful and speak to the beauty, strength and love of a nation struggling to hold to a higher purpose… Perhaps one of these version will speak to you, as...

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Maya Angelou’s Top 10 Rules For Success
Dec13

Maya Angelou’s Top 10 Rules For Success

She was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She’s best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. She was respected as a spokesperson for black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of Black culture. She’s Maya Angelou and here in video are her Top 10 Rules for Success, and her famous poem, Still I Rise. 1. Just do...

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Depression
Nov23

Depression

Depression. It is something in our present culture we have difficulty talking about, yet each of us at one time or another have known someone or have been personally affected by depression. In the pit of darkness without a ladder, some remain frozen in this place for days, or weeks, or even years. It is the darkest night of the soul and perhaps the loneliest. One website page cannot do justice to the significants of this topic, but...

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The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran – On Giving
Nov21

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran – On Giving

 Then said a rich man, “Speak to us of Giving.” And he answered: You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow? And tomorrow, what shall tomorrow bring to the overprudent dog burying bones in the trackless sand as he follows the pilgrims to the holy city? And what is...

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The Spirit Carriers
Nov12

The Spirit Carriers

Perhaps this is a time to go within; reflect and remind ourselves of who we are, what our role is in the world and to hold ourselves to a higher purpose. (Two quotes and a video short I thought worth sharing) – “In my view of the world there are people whom I would call ‘Spirit Carriers’.  Servants who nurture the human spirit are Spirit Carriers. They serve to connect those who do the work of the world, or who...

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Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Healing
Nov06

Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Healing

The Highroad to Reconciliation and Forgiveness – Reverend Steve Bolen – Part 1: Introduction to this week’s sermon: The Highroad of Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Healing, Part 2. Reverend Steve Bolen will be exploring practical tools to help us make a difference in the world, within this community and out in the communities of our lives. “We are all walking each other home.” – Rumi...

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Sectarianism & Racism
Oct30

Sectarianism & Racism

Is there a difference between sectarianism and racism? Sectarianism is a form of bigotry, discrimination, or hatred arising from attaching relations of inferiority and superiority to differences between subdivisions within a group. Racism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races; prejudice,...

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