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Testimony Tuesday! Preach!

Testimony Tuesday! Preach!

meditation, spirit, spiritual growth, spiritual practice, Spirituality
I have been sick. I'm ready to stand up and yell and be happy again! Except then I will be in a paroxysm of coughing. So, the yelling in my typing is because I have the actual energy of a gnat. Also, I just discovered the drop cap setting. Is that too annoying? We'll see. Among other things, I have also figured out how to streamline this website and simplify it. So welcome to our new look. Do let me know if you find it too plain. I will then blame the web developers of the theme I chose, but what evs. Anyway, preaching, super glad that I wasn't booked last week to preach. I wouldn't have been able to do it. But as I regained my health and did my art & haiku practice, I tried to watercolor paint an iris for the first time using a tutorial by @dearannart on Instagram. I wasn't thr...
Testimony Tuesday: Everything is awful!

Testimony Tuesday: Everything is awful!

spiritual growth, spiritual practice, Spirituality, story
I finally thought of an appropriate name for Tuesdays. It is Testimony Tuesdays! A time to share stories or really whatever is moving. Testimony has evolved from the Latin root of "witness" to its current meaning of presenting truth. And yet we know that it doesn't present truth in any form as we watch youtube videos extolling the virtues of some obscure vinegar purge or testimonies attesting to the rightness of whiteness *yuck.* Testimony has lost its virtue. As I type that, I wonder why even use the name above and beyond alliteration? Maybe it is time to reclaim it? To approach TRUTH with a lower-case "t" rather than to bring it trying to proclaim truth for all. In my tradition, witness was the testimony regarding spiritual matters. Well, we are all about spirit here! So, test...
Tuesday’s Temptation: Perfection

Tuesday’s Temptation: Perfection

prayer, Prayer Practice, spiritual growth, spiritual practice, spiritual practices, Spirituality
It seems that every group I am involved in is working for social change. Things like: changing the justice system changing the church changing the educational system Yeah. Those kind of changes. Things that are hard and cranky and slow and O.M.G. resistant. I expect resistance from the structures we are working with but I am often caught by surprise by the resistance within my own people regarding ideas of change.  It all fell into place for me recently upon reading The Idea of Justice by Amartya Sen. Now, Sen has some major problems, but he was able to sum up the previous thinking on justice with the term transcendental institutionalism. This is the idea that we can create an institution that is somehow perfected. That it transcends the muck of daily humanity. And that ju