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Evolving

The human species is evolving. Along with the physical changes and the consciousness changes comes a natural evolution in our understanding of the Sacred.

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Taking Time

Long summer days and warm weather help us slow down, take time, find some moments to “do nothing,” allow our creativity to emerge, and generally give ourselves permission to relax.

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Mystery

How bleak the world would be without mystery! Even as science daily moves the line between the known and the mysterious, there is always more mystery.

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Feast Day of Mary Magdalene

To celebrate the feast day of Mary Magdalene is to celebrate an archetypical strong female leader. Preacher, teacher, the one disciple who really understood Jesus’ message… she was truly “apostle to the apostles.”

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Doubt

Everyone has doubts. Everyone has questions. It used to be a sign of “faith” to suppress one’s doubts and questions, but no more.

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More Benedictions

To offer a benediction is to bless. To give and to receive a blessing is a small sacred moment that we could all use more of in our lives.

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Spirit Within

So many metaphors for describing the experience that there is more to us than just our bodies and our minds…

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Prayer Revisited

“If you want to have a life of prayer, then pray,” said Thomas Merton. Or in more modern adspeak, Just do it.

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Communion Music

The ritual of communion can have many different symbolic interpretations in its role of remembrance of the life and teachings of Jesus. The same is true of the music we sing to accompany the ritual.

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Wedding Words

Lucky the bride with a poet or composer in the family! Nothing makes a wedding ceremony more personal than words written just for the occasion.

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Pentecost 2014

Favorite metaphors for the manifestation of Spirit include fire, white doves, and wind. What they have in common is movement…

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Confession

As children, we learn the “magic words” please and thank you. They do indeed smooth the way for us throughout our lives. What do you suppose would happen if children also learned to say I’m sorry regularly?

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Guidance

Guidance comes to us in so many ways. But in our modern world of scientific, left-brain analytic information, it takes a deliberate effort to rediscover the ancient ways of wisdom guidance.

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Pluralism Sunday 2014

“Diversity is inevitable. Pluralism is an achievement.” We sometimes use these words — diversity and pluralism — as if they meant the same thing.

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Earth Day 2014

Thomas Berry, the Catholic priest and ecotheologian, wrote:
We must move beyond a spirituality focused simply on the divine and the human to a spirituality concerned with the survival of the natural world in its full splendor,

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Easter Sunday

Easter can be a challenging time for progressive Christians. We have let go of much of the traditional Christian doctrine that contains the answers to Big Questions, but the questions themselves remain.

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Good Friday

Good Friday, with its graphic images of death and despair, is endurable every year because we already know that Easter is coming, soon. But what if we didn’t know that?

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is like a little glimpse of Easter, a bit of celebration after the somber tone of Lent.

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