If anyone asks what a “Secular Chaplain” is or does. . .here’s one good explanation: A Secular Chaplain, like the Constitution, tips the hat to Religion (with due respect), but never bends the knee (with reverence). Put another way, this kind of open air/open mind worldview loves Nature, learns from Nature and saunters forward […]Read More They Go Low, We Go High
I found this article a good challenge: What Caretakers Can Do When Their Patient Believes God has Abandoned Them (Deseret News) A study says people who are suffering and believe they are being punished or that God has left them don’t heal as fast as those who are more “spiritually optimistic.” It seems plausible that […]Read More When a Patient Believes God has Abandoned Them
My old friend “Josh” is retiring as a Pastor. We used to work side by side when I was an Interfaith Chaplain and Josh always supported by work. Our mutual admiration was encouraging, especially as I was exiting the Church (he and other friends were there to “celebrate” with me the day I gave up […]Read More Time to Tell the Truth about Theology
Did you know there was a difference between “Christ” and “Jesus”? Basic stuff in biblical studies through college and seminary. Took whole classes on: “Christology” (we studied many -ologies. . .of course the most important was THEOlogy). Sorry, no “Jesus-ology.” Creeds are written all about Christ. “Christ” is a title (Greek for Messiah–the promised Hebrew […]Read More Final Score! Christ Beats Jesus!
A short version of my story of emergence from faith has just been posted on The Clergy Project along with the stories of other former (and current) clergy. The much too long version is in my book, Life After Faith. The more of us who tell our honest stories of leaving religion, the more others […]Read More Goodness in Godlessness
I addressed a gathering of Atheists in San Francisco yesterday. Some good conversation and questions were tossed around. Afterward some of us met at a local pub and continued talking over fish tacos, soup and brew. Near the end I asked the group what each did in their work. Around the table we had: -Social […]Read More Doing Good in Community–Faith or No Faith
I’m always pleased when Religion, specifically the Church Religion, takes a step forward, makes progress. . .moves, at all. Honestly, though, it’s not so pleasing. . .I find it both humorous and sad. At the moment, we can congratulate the Rev. Libby Lane, the first woman ever named Bishop by the Anglican Church. Church of […]Read More Progress in the Religion of Church