Tuesday, September 29
Shadow

Tag: patience

Mindful Monday: The difference between behavior and goodness

Mindful Monday: The difference between behavior and goodness

awareness, Buddhism, forgiveness, mindfulness
The practice of forgiveness happens when we are able to realize the underlying cause of our anger and impatience, and this allows us to distinguish between someone’s unskillful behavior and essential goodness. Serenity and calm develop as we learn to accept imperfection in others and ourselves. —Michele McDonald What are you noticing about anger and forgiveness? ... for Mindful Monday ... Source: "Finding Patience," Tricycle Magazine, 2004. Photo credit: "a Blessing of the water," Madalena Pestana, 2008.
Tuesday’s Temptation: Twitter Trashing

Tuesday’s Temptation: Twitter Trashing

prayer, Prayer Practice, spiritual growth, spiritual practice
I was on Twitter this week and found that mega-church Pastor Bill Hybels was accused of sexual misconduct. Pushing for the investigation were two former teaching pastors and the wife of a longtime president of the Willow Creek Association, a nonprofit organization related to the church. Some of those pressing for more scrutiny say the church’s prior investigation had shortcomings in their opinion and at least three leaders of the association’s board resigned over what they believed was an insufficient inquiry. Christianity Today posted an article and the first response was: "It's an accusation, not a fact. Let's believe the best until then." Game. On. On top of everything, it was a woman. I replied, "Why is believing the best exonerating Hybels and not sitting with the honesty of t...
Privilege, Power, And Paralysis

Privilege, Power, And Paralysis

"Life" Issues, bigotry, Change, Christianity, citizenship, civics, community, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Equality, Freedom, Ideology, inclusive, injustice, justice, law, Letting go, Politics, postmodernism, progressive politics, Religion, resentment, Tolerance, Uncategorized
Differing ideologies often use differing vocabularies, reflecting differing concerns.  One such difference is reflected by and in the use of the word “privilege”.  At least in my experience, one seldom hears the word used among people subscribing to a conservative ideology, politically or economically or theologically.  I would suggest that this absence of the word among conservatives is a consequence of conservatives’ tendency to simply assume privilege for themselves – not necessarily arrogantly, but more or less as a matter of course and unconsciously.  On the other hand, if my experience is typical, one often encounters the word “privilege” among progressives and left-of-center folks, because, as a general rule, one of the hallmarks of a progressive ideology (of any type) is a conc...