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Reposting Sex Podcast

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reposting Sex Podcast

A lot of new people have joined our community since we moved downtown  last year. Consequently, many haven’t seen the podcast on rethinking our approach to sex education. Over the next few months I’ll be reposting the...

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Overwhelmed by the Homemade Self

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Overwhelmed, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Overwhelmed by the Homemade Self

I think I’m a good guy. A few will disagree, but not many. All my life I’ve worked hard to apply the virtue curriculum. I’ve studied ethics and religion, and lived accordingly. Again, I think the general consensus . . . good guy. But growing up, nobody told me that working hard to get here — to be a good guy . . . is a recipe for toxic self-destruction. But I know now! Here’s how it happened to me. Pretty early on I assessed both this dangerous world we live in, and the personality tools I had to work with.  I decided that if I cobbled together an identity as “good guy,” or “ethical...

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How Did She Do That?

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Did She Do That?

How Did She Do That?

There was once a wise old woman traveling a long and dusty road. On her journey she crossed a clear, cool stream. As she knelt to quench her thirst, she saw a sparkling stone beneath the water. Reaching in, she pulled out a rare, precious, and beautiful gem. Refreshed, she continued her journey.   The following day she encountered a fellow-traveler. He was hungry so she opened her knapsack to share food with him. As she opened her bag, he saw the stone and with brazen audacity, asked her to give it to him. He assumed she didn’t know the rarity or value of the stone, and thought his...

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“Second Place is the First Loser!”

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

“Second Place is the First Loser!”

Most coaches say caustic things about second place — all very motivating for young athletes. However… …in the spiritual tradition …second place is a position of honor. In one of our ancient texts, Paul, says something along these lines… When you awaken to the spiritual life — the “Divine-in-you” life… Your world changes. Your soul-wardrobe changes. You start to wear kindness with the same comfort you wear pants. You wear compassion and quiet strength like you wear a shirt.   You find yourself feeling content… When you take...

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Moral Humility

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Moral Humility

I’m not back from my blog-break yet, but this TED talk is well worth your time. As we go through this moment of history, there is great division in our society – traditional vs. emergent religion, conservative vs. liberal politics, and wildly diverse views of social issues. In the throes of this kind of upheaval, understanding the “other” is huge! There is one line in this TED talk I thought was really important, “moral humility.” Have a listen,...

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A Quick Break…

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Quick Break…

A Quick Break…

Dear Blog-Friends: I’m going to take a quick break from the blog – probably until the end of fall. It’s been a very productive season in our spiritual community. We’re learning how to open our hearts and doors to many new friends. We are learning how to be organized enough to invite newcomers into the same kind of spiritual friendship and growth that we have enjoyed for years. Turns out, organization is necessary if you want to have a community with more than 250 people.  That snuck up on us, because we have tended to resist organizing. Organizing a spiritual...

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