Minister’s Reflections

Greed: A Deadly Spiritual Poison

By , November 1, 2016
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As we enter a month when our spiritual theme is “abundance and stewardship,” like Sweet Honey in the Rock, “I been trying to think about how to talk about greed.” As the group sings,

“Greed is a poison rising in this land…
Greed is a strain in the American Dream
Having more than you need is the essential theme.
Everybody wanting more than they need to survive
Is a perfect indication, greed has settled inside.”

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Peace Through Democracy, or “Order” Through Tyranny

By , September 22, 2016
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caties-photo-star-warsAs many of you know, I spent two weeks of my summer with my family in Alaska, beginning with a cruise up the southeastern coast. One night on the boat, I learned that they were showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens in their “theater under the stars” on the upper deck of the ship. On the one hand, I’d already seen the film about a half a dozen times… But, on the other hand, I’d never seen it outdoors! Continue reading…

Joy That’s Right There

“Will you seek afar off? You surely come back at last,
In things best known to you, finding the best, or as good as the best,
In folks nearest to you finding the sweetest, strongest, lovingest;
Happiness, knowledge, not in another place, but this place—not for another hour, but this hour.” 

~ From the conclusion of Walt Whitman’s Carol of Occupations, part of his masterwork Leaves of Grass and featured as lyrics in our gray hymnal’s “Will You Seek in Far-Off Places?”

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