Rejecting, Excluding, Eliminating or Punishing…
Jun03

Rejecting, Excluding, Eliminating or Punishing…

    “Don’t waste any time rejecting, excluding, eliminating, or punishing anyone or anything else. Everything belongs, including you…” Fr. Richard Rohr – “Divine Incarnation took the form of an Indwelling Presence in every human soul and surely all creatures in some rudimentary way. Ironically, our human freedom gives us the ability to refuse to jump on board our own life. Angels, animals,...

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Six Reasons To Go To The Renewal This Year
Apr07

Six Reasons To Go To The Renewal This Year

1) That’s right, this year’s men’s Renewal will prove to be different from past years. There will be fewer speakers, more experiential and interactive time, and we will have more time for reflection… Of course, we’ll have a few laughs along the way… and the traditional BBQ at the Salt Lick (as well excellent vegetarian will be served at the Ancient Yoga Center throughout the weekend). 2) Over the weekend...

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The Eagle Who Thought He Was a Chicken
Mar05

The Eagle Who Thought He Was a Chicken

A baby eagle became orphaned when something happened to his parents. He glided down to the ground from his nest but was not yet able to fly. A man picked him up. The man took him to a farmer and said, “This is a special kind of barnyard chicken that will grow up big.” The farmer said, “Don’t look like no barnyard chicken to me.” “Oh yes, it is. You will be glad to own it.” The farmer took the baby eagle and placed it with his...

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“Lord of the Flies”
Jan14

“Lord of the Flies”

A sobering reminder, Lord of the Flies explores the dark side of humanity, the savagery that underlies even the most civilized human beings. William Golding intended this novel as a tragic parody of children’s adventure tales, illustrating humankind’s intrinsic evil nature. He presents the reader with a chronology of events leading a group of young boys from hope to disaster as they attempt to survive their uncivilized,...

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The Future of Religion In Our Changing World
Dec04

The Future of Religion In Our Changing World

The intent of this page is not to be controversial or to make any claims as to what is fundamentally right or wrong. Rather, it is to merely raise the question about the future of religion in the context of the New Age movement beginning in the 1970’s and the rise of Spiritualism; the seeming move towards a One World Religion as exemplified by recent actions of Pope Francis; the leadership style of the Dalai Lama; the New...

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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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Root of Fear
Oct22

Root of Fear

“There are only two emotions: love and fear. All positive emotions come from love, all negative emotions from fear. From love flows happiness, contentment, peace, and joy. From fear comes anger, hate, anxiety, and guilt. It’s true that there are only two primary emotions, love and fear. But it’s more accurate to say that there is only love or fear, for we cannot feel these two emotions together, at exactly the same time. They’re...

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Bravery
Oct03

Bravery

A woman sees a car plunge into a frigid  river. Without hesitation she pulls off her shoes, dives in and swims to the car that is rapidly sinking. She yanks the baby from the carseat and swims to shore; the driver sitting shivering on the bank. What makes someone brave? Does courage live in the heart or the mind? What compels some people to turn toward danger and others to run away? Several video clips I thought worth...

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A Return To Love
Sep18

A Return To Love

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights...

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Joseph Campbell – On Becoming an Adult
Sep14

Joseph Campbell – On Becoming an Adult

What are our modern day rites of passage? Have we lost this part of our culture? What are the consequences if we have? Wikipedia – A rite of passage is a ritual event that marks a person’s transition from one status to another. Rites of passage explore and describe various notable milestones in an individual’s life, for any marked transitional stage, when one’s social status is altered. The concept of rites of...

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