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Help Others. Help Ourselves.

Help Others. Help Ourselves.

Whatever helps us become ego-self forgetful, helps us access the Inner Divine, our better angels. No time better for that than this, the time if virus. Have a listen.

Finding God in Organized Religion

Finding God in Organized Religion

I am not unaware that for a lot of people, organized religion is a big, big problem. It has been for me too. But what if... What if, under all that toxic craziness, there are deep, human, communal ways -- we find the sacred, find the Divine, we "find God in all...

Finding God in Our Pain

Finding God in Our Pain

Pain is yet another place we experience the Divine, experience the sacred. However, it really can go either way. Pain can either sidetrack us, reinforcing all kinds of false-self distractions, or it can ennoble us, stripping away and refining. Have a listen

Finding God in Awe

Finding God in Awe

Awe is the humbling feeling we get when we encounter something vast. A sky full of stars. An overwhelming idea. Anything that shrinks the ego-as-self points us toward Divine experience. Let’s talk Sunday. 

Finding God in Belonging

Finding God in Belonging

We belong. We just do. We may not feel like it, but that doesn’t matter. We belong. And our souls will be hungry, until that reality is actualized in our lives. This week, we talk about how.

Finding God in our People

Finding God in our People

Once we rethink where God is—and imagine the Divine is present in every man, woman, and child, a whole set of spiritual practices open up, to help us Find God in All Things.

Finding God in the Garden

Finding God in the Garden

When we think God is far away (in heaven) we expect spiritual experiences to be dramatic—visions or peak experiences. But when we look for the Divine in everything, simple moments—pulling weeds, washing dishes—can become spiritual moments. 

Finding God in the Woods

Finding God in the Woods

Many who can’t imagine God on a celestial throne, nevertheless feel spiritually connected in the woods or garden. Turns out, a rich part of our tradition, is how to access the Divine here and now, in the juice and joy of the earth.

Where Is God Now?

Where Is God Now?

After the great religious unraveling that began after WW1, many struggle with that question. This week, we’ll start thinking about where God is now. (It’s good news!)   

Where Is God?

Where Is God?

World War I began a great religious unraveling in the West. Where is God during war? Or on 9/11? Let’s think together, about fundamentally shifting where we look for God.

Everything and Everyone: Connected

Everything and Everyone: Connected

It’s not just a pretty name (though it is). The notion of a Common Thread is rooted deeply in our tradition. We are, every one of us, carriers of the Inner Light. This week: two historical streams that didn’t drop that notion when Rome co-opted our religion—Eastern...

What is the Common Thread?

What is the Common Thread?

The church today has been heavily influenced by thoughts and principles coming from the Roman Empire. But there are other Christian heritages from other groups such as the Desert Fathers and Desert Mothers in the 3rd and 4th centuries. Have a listen to learn more.

Numbering Our Days

Numbering Our Days

At the beginning of each year, we return to the same ancient Jewish Psalm that reminds us to number our days - but why? How do we do it? And how can ancient Roman Stoics, paintings from the 17th century, and blog posts from 2015 help us?

Forgiving Others

Forgiving Others

Last week we spoke about how we forgive ourselves. Turns out, if we figure out how to do that, it really helps us forgive others.

Turn the Other Cheek? C’mon! Seriously?

Turn the Other Cheek? C’mon! Seriously?

Revenge is hard-wired in our brains to protect us from future harm. But it’s really bad at the job! It’s a cure that’s even worse than the disease. There are other tools that are really effective. They’re just counter intuitive.

Revenge Matters (For Forgiveness)

Revenge Matters (For Forgiveness)

In hyper-polarized times it is difficult to access our best selves. How do we find forgiveness for those who bother us, who hurt us? Well, counter-intuitively, revenge serves an important function.

Gratitude

Gratitude

Our culture talks a lot about gratitude, especially at this time of year - but how much of this is actually shallow and ineffective rather than transformational? Sunday, we talked about the danger of transactional thinking and how it can often encourage the misuse of...

So, Now What?

So, Now What?

Last week we talked about how our community's history fits in the broader context of religion's meltdown in our society. We talked about how we've been rebuilding in the ruins of religion. Today, we talk about what that will mean for each of us. Have a listen.

Is There a Future for Religion?

Is There a Future for Religion?

A lot of folks don’t think so. I understand why they think so. But I think history invites us to think more broadly. Today’s lesson is the story of what we’ve been doing as a community, to be part of the future we believe there is.

Sex Norms — That Work

Sex Norms — That Work

We integrate health and well-being into our lives best, when we are supported by a culture and institutions with a shared narrative and shared norms. But our time in history, is a time of stripping down and rebuilding both our norms and our institutions. The work for...

Sex Isn’t “Just Sex”

Sex Isn’t “Just Sex”

In a sense, yes. Sex is “just sex.” But there’s more to the story. There are deep psychological, emotional, and relational processes that accompany sex. If we get them right, forever after, isn’t just a pipe dream.

Yin, Yang, Sex, and Love

Yin, Yang, Sex, and Love

When we live in imbalance, it harms us. And as a society, we’re out of balance. And — our sex and love — they don’t last. Have a listen.