Open Tables

“Our table is open to everyone because Jesus’ table fellowship was open to everyone.”

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Metaphors of the Sacred

Where would we be without metaphors in our spiritual conversations?

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3 am Prayers

When I wake up in the middle of the night
and my mind relentlessly gnaws on some bone of contention,
I try to remember Snoopy’s observation:

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Creativity

Creativity, imagination, intuition… they are all related. We find them when we’re willing to let go of our left-brain, analytical, see-it-to-believe-it mentality.

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Change

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” (Lao Tzu)

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Laughter

If it is true that, as Teilhard de Chardin wrote, “Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God” and since the outward manifestation of joy can be deep laughter just as easily as deep tears, then laughter must be a most beloved emotion.

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Different Approaches

So many ways to experience the Spirit… and yet if one believes that the universe comprises an objective reality that exists whether or not the human species is present

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Forgiveness

The country was rocked two weeks ago by the Charleston murders, a racist hate crime carried out in a church, of all places.

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One World

Our planet is the same size it’s always been, and yet it is shrinking at an astonishing rate.

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Just Do It

We all have reasons why we don’t do the things we say we want to. Our minds and hearts know the person we want to be and the life we want to live, but it seems awesomely difficult sometimes to put that knowledge into practice.

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Pentecost 2015

Pentecost is often called “the birthday of the church.” With the institutional church going through a period of turmoil and change, it’s not obvious what kind of birthday will be celebrated generations from now.

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Peace of Mind

It is often a huge insight to realize how much control we have over our own thoughts.

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Earth Day 2015

How strange and wonderful is our home, our earth, with its swirling vaporous atmosphere, its flowing and frozen liquids, its trembling plants, its creeping, crawling, climbing creatures

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Resurrection

Resurrection opportunities abound. Whenever we have faced a fear, a challenge, a death of some sort, and walked through the metaphorical fire to emerge re-born on the other side

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Easter 2015

Some of the best advice I ever got from my spiritual director was to read Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi. “This will change how you think about Jesus,” she said.

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Holy Week 2015

You can’t get to Easter without going through Good Friday.

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Thank you, Marcus Borg

Progressive Christianity lost one of its giants last week with the death of Marcus Borg. His books and lectures opened up the academic world of historical Jesus studies to the rest of us, and we will be forever in his debt.

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Birth Poems

Reflecting on the birth of Jesus in poetry gives us yet another way to approach and assimilate this event. Birth is always a miraculous occurrence, and this birth even more so.

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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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Advent

Advent… a time of anticipation, of waiting and watching as the darkness deepens. There are many ways to mark the passing of this time…

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