Following the squirrels, bees, beetles and birds. . .and John Muir. . .I always enjoy the fresh perspectives from Up There!Read More Climbing into the Colors
Some of us have been experimenting with new models of secular community. It’s clearly not for everybody, but the creative idea seems to have appeal for freethinkers and those on the edges of churches, synagogues, etc. I just came upon this description of the church of the future offered by the great speaker and thinker, Robert […]Read More A New Secular Church?
In his infinite wisdom, the generally likeable Pope Francis just approved new guidelines (commands from You Know Who) on cremation. Wait for it. . . The new document from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith repeats that burial remains preferred, with officials calling cremation a “brutal destruction” of the body. But it lays […]Read More Ashes, Ashes. . .More Dark Agey Instruction from God’s Only Church
“One drop of water is as wonderful as all the seas; one leaf, as all the forests; and one grain of sand, as all the stars.” ~Robert Green Ingersoll, The Gods: An Honest God is the Noblest Work of ManRead More Perspective
I “followed” the Rabbi of Nazareth for many years. We had hundreds of conversations (all one-sided of course). I knew all about him since I read and studied the auto-biography he didn’t write (have to think about that one). Speaking of that auto-bio. . .I saw a reference to the Mountain Message (aka, “sermon on […]Read More Was Jesus Wrong? An Honest Look at the Sermon on the Mount
“Beauty is the creator of the universe.” (Emerson, “The Poet”) Images from Craggy Gardens, Blue Ridge Parkway, North CarolinaRead More Beauty Beyond Belief
In my neck of the woods there are a number of churches with the name, “Grace.” Different denominations with, we can suppose, quite different beliefs. But they all think of themselves as God’s People living in God’s good graces. I was raised saying grace, before meals. Being grateful for food and family was easy. Then […]Read More Good Gracious, what is Grace?