Pay Attention to Our Attention

Over the past few years, we have developed a public narrative that the world is scarier than ever, we are hopelessly divided into political factions, we are powerless to create institutional change, and we’re on a perilous course to global destruction via climate change.  I may be overstating the case in your mind, but I wonder if some of what I’ve said resonates.  That narrative, which generates constant anxiety within us, is the direct result of an “attention economy.” Almost all forms of our current global media make their money… Read More

Wisdom From An Old Master

In his Book of Awakening, Mark Nepo tells this story:  Once an unhappy young apprentice came to an old master and told the master that he was deeply sad and asked for a solution.  The old master instructed the unhappy young apprentice to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it.  Then he asked “How does it taste?”  “Terrible!” spat the young apprentice.  The master nodded and asked the young apprentice to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake. The… Read More

We Are Born With Sacred Knowledge Bundles

Native and South American tribes teach their young ones that when they are born, they carry within them a “Sacred knowledge bundle.” This bundle holds all that they are (essence), all they can be (potential), and all their ways of knowing, being and doing (wisdom). All people have sacred knowledge bundles. So do all other beings. Trees have them. Animals have them. Every being, created by the Sacred Spirit, carries within it unique gifts needed in the world. Those with Sacred knowledge bundles are responsible for sharing their gifts with… Read More

Progressive Christianity and Spiritual Leadership

Have you heard Rev. Cameron Trimble’s interview with Laura Chandler of Sacred Stream Radio? They had a great conversation about Progressive Christianity and Spiritual Leadership. The audio version can be heard on all the major podcasting platforms including Spotify and iTunes, or it can be streamed on their site: Sacred Stream Radio.

Where Is The Hope?

It’s been two months since I wrote to you, and I thank you for your patience. I have been working on other writing projects and enjoyed two weeks of vacation (followed by a bout of Covid). During that time, it seems the world has had a rough go. For the first time in US history, women’s rights over our bodies have been taken away. Mass shootings have taken dozens of lives. Covid is spiking once again. The January 6 Select Committee is revealing the moral failure of our leaders. Europe… Read More

A Black Belt in Aikido

In the practice of aikido, a form of martial arts intended only for defense and never for aggression, the practitioner begins their training with a white belt. Over time and through endless hours of practice, the belt becomes dirty and worn. It is said in this way the practitioner gains their black belt. At the level of black belt, the movements of aikido become nearly invisible. The aikido practitioner becomes an elegant, balancing force to the opposing force. It looks like a scuffle to the novice’s eyes, but it is… Read More

How Many Guns?

How many guns would Jesus own? One? Five? 12? 25? What about Martin Luther King Jr.? Or Mahatma Gandhi? Or Mother Teresa? Or Pope Francis? Or the Dalai Lama? Or Cesar Chavez? How many guns will we protect over the lives of black and brown people? Our children? Our elderly? How many racists will we excuse as mentally ill while we frantically outlaw teaching our children about systemic racism and the evils of the supremacy of whiteness? The shooting in Buffalo, New York, was terrible. So was every shooting before… Read More

As If Each Day Counts

In her book, No Cure For Being Human, author, and professor Kate Bowler tells a story of the day she attended a departmental meeting out of sheer boredom. She was fighting cancer, and her prognosis was not good. But still, she spent some of her precious time left attending a boring departmental meeting.  She tried to explain this to her friend Warren. She says, “‘I have given up on the future.’  After a long pause, he asks, ‘Would you agree that true happiness is the ability to enjoy the present… Read More

What Are We Feeding?

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.  The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee replied,… Read More