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Simplicity for Sabbath

Simplicity for Sabbath

sabbath
Sometimes we make things so complicated. So today, I offer you a simple lesson from John Wesley: “Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.” And so mote it be. Love, Terri Photo by Alice Popkorn. Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA)
Inspired by Perfection

Inspired by Perfection

spiritual practice, Spirituality
Recently, I read dragonkatet’s piece on “Perfection and Creation.” This got me to ruminating on the nature of perfection. In the United Methodist Church, clergy wannabe’s are required to answer the question, “Are you going on to perfection in this lifetime?” And the expected answer is “yes!” I had heard a rumor in seminary by Dr. Jack Olive that perhaps our understanding of perfection is different than the understanding that early theologians and philosophers had. And that John Wesley turned to Eastern Orthodox wisdom in an effort to better understand perfection. That appealed to me because perfection seems so unattainable. What if there is a different way? Kate got me thinking about all of this again! Is perfection unattainable? Is perfection only attributable to the Divine? What is up ...

Moral Courage

Essay, Religion, Theology, United Methodist Church
This is a re-blog of my very first blog post ever from 2008! I have edited it a tiny bit. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality of those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change. - Robert F. Kennedy, in a speech in Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966. (Source: Wikiquote ) What are our sources of moral courage? I can tell you that I find moral outrage easy, but where does moral courage come from? Relying on my Methodist heritage, The Wesleyan Quadrilateral would have us examine scripture, tradition, reason, and experience in making deliberations. What does this tell me? What does scripture say? In Hebrew Scriptures and in Christian Scriptures, we are taught to care for the al...