Wednesday, October 21
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A Vacation From Vocation

A Vacation From Vocation

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Yes, I do realize that I have already published what I really did think, at the time, was my farewell / ave atque vale “Skeptic’s Collection” column. But there is a matter that has been percolating in the back of my mind for some time:  the issue, and the very concept of, “religious vocation”. (I will deal only with Christian vocations in what follows, since Christianity is the religious tradition with which I am most familiar. But I would argue that the following remarks apply, mutatis mutandis, to all monotheistic religious faiths.) So … in styling my supposedly final column as my final column … mea culpa! … I lied. So let’s jump squarely into the middle of my heresy du jour, shall we? Over the past roughly 30 years, I have come to believe – based on bitter personal experi...
Tuesday’s Artful Response: Ethic of Life

Tuesday’s Artful Response: Ethic of Life

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I am not sure today's response is "artful" in that I have not done an art project, but it is in response to what my friend James wrote on Thursday. So first, I'll start with a haiku: the first seed dropsconstitutes, forms, lives, and diesbeginning again It was very tempting to put "beguine-ing again". However, I want to respond to this: "Conclusion:  a religiously grounded anti-abortion ideology is a dead letter." James Cowles I totally agree. You can't get to anti-abortion ideology without disregarding God's own abortion plan. In Numbers 5:11-22, "The Test for an Unfaithful Wife," verses 16-18 are about the "water of bitterness" that brings on "the curse." And, the priests, no less, were the people who prescribed the abortion. Socially, I bet it was a lot easier to cause...
Daily Practice 2017.09.19 – What are you sure of today?

Daily Practice 2017.09.19 – What are you sure of today?

Meditation Today (and until September 30th), I will be sharing from our sibling publication, The BeZine (https://thebezine.com). Our issue this month is a pre-quel to our big event, 100,000 Poets for Change - a worldwide event of local poets and artists coming together to share their creations on peace, sustainability, and social justice. We will be holding a virtual event at The BeZine. You can read more about it here: https://beguineagain.com/100000-poets-for-change/ Today, I'm sharing a poem from my friend, Jamie Dedes. The title is gods of our making. It makes me think that perhaps we give our work to God expecting a magical fix and forget that we are highly capable creatures. The fault, I think, lays at the feet of many theologies that think that God will take care of us no matter...