This is a repost of an article I wrote for ServiceSpace.
Sweet are the uses of adversity. –Shakespeare
Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. – Rumi
Reality goes by many names – God, Spirit, The Absolute, Love, The Tao, Awareness, The Universe. Reality is perfect, meaning inclusive of everything. Reality is an unfettered field “out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing.”
Opposites arise in the field – good, bad, darkness, light, joy, sorrow. These qualities arise in concert, each a complement to the other. But the human brain struggles with opposites. We attach to one side of an equation and call it Reality. Our point of view is never the whole picture. Continue reading
Last Sunday I spoke about racism (click here). I ended the sermon with: “I know it’s odd for a minister in our denomination to say this…we’re always telling people they are whole, perfect, and complete… but right now I just want to be better.”
We closed with this poem by Shantideva, a manifesto of surrender that invites us to relieve the suffering of all beings.
Today, I personalized the poem: Continue reading
Church member and friend, Anna Soberanis wrote this piece. I read it at our Sunday Service. Anna gave me permission to share her wisdom here.
My neck is sore. I can’t turn it fully to the right or to the left–years of tension locked into bone and cartilage that have stiffened like my perspectives. I don’t know if George Floyd’s neck was stiff before a Minneapolis’ officer kneeled on it. I wonder if the officer heard a crunch and a tear, or if he just relished in the terror of a black man prone on the street. Continue reading