Category Archives: Spiritual Formation

The Myth of Power Part 2: Curiosity for Truth

Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion needed a little power – power to get home, power to get a brain, power to get a heart and power to get courage. They walked a yellow brick road in hope … Continue reading

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The Myth of Power

The Murphy house stood on the outskirts of Ayden, between Roundtree and Ballard’s Crossroads. A large family of Murphys lived in the house. For years the yard was tended and the fields were plowed and much good was yielded as … Continue reading

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Out of the Mud and Filth

The CEB translation of the Psalms does not mince words. In fact, the words read in worship this morning, words from Psalm 40, were quite shocking in the way they spoke into today’s acrimony and incivility of American politics. For … Continue reading

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Getting Through Death

We do not get over death; we get through it. There is no other way to live with the circumstance and certainties of death that accompany us on life’s journey than to allow the pain of loss to wash over … Continue reading

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Ever O’er the Babel Sounds

Edmund Sears was a Unitarian Parish Priest in the early 19th century. His theology tended to be more on the progressive end; his faith in Christ not as an historical event, but as an experiential knowing of God with us: … Continue reading

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Moorings

Keep us tethered to Your Being, O God. Shelter us in the storm. Hide us in the shadow of your wings. For our little boats are drifting from you and the storm is growing fierce as the sky darkens. Have … Continue reading

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Target Practice at Pierson Point

Ordinarily the POW! POW! POW! of gunfire a few backyards down the road does not chill me like the shots did last Sunday afternoon. There are guns down here at the river. Locked up, taken out sparingly for sport target … Continue reading

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Pondering Privilege

Nobody wants to talk about privilege; nobody wants to hear about it. But the issue of privilege – white privilege; and more often in America, white male privilege – appears to be front and center in the issues of the … Continue reading

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Moonstruck

Fifty years ago on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 team landed on the moon. I watched all day and night on a small black and white television holding an almost one-month old baby girl in my … Continue reading

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Enough Mud

How much mud is there in the world? We seem to find deep pits of it everywhere and we continue slinging it at each other, one blob after another, until we are covered in it and baking it on in … Continue reading

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