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The Crazy Father

A father had two sons, and one of his sons came to him and said, “Dad, I have been thinking it’s time for me to leave and find myself. I need to figure out who I am and make my fortune, my own way in the world. So, I would like you to give me…
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Cosmic Community in Christ

Today I'm pondering estrangement, loneliness and isolation alongside the Apostle Paul's idea about Christ's mission "to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth." Eph..1:10 NRSV. I am wondering about the shift from alienation, offence and estrangement to an experience of deep relationality and healing connectedness to one another; from…
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Seed to the Wind

Conversion Therapy is the discredited practice that attempts to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity by various modalities, including different kinds of prayer. The harm of such practices is well-documented, and the stories of those who have endured such are dreadfully painful.   Conversion Therapy Flagship ministries who had claimed to successfully "pray…
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‘Been There’, “Done That’ from a little further along the Way

Continuing my journey from deconstruction to reconstruction, it's interesting to recognize how I seem to have come full circle on things like giving, leadership, structures, scriptures, mission... But this time from a different vantage point, recognizing that the “issue” wasn’t the issue per se, rather the culturally-inherited and significant misunderstanding/misapplications of Love resulting in the…
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Fat Souls Part 2

In our first reflection on Fat Souls, Adams-Farmer based on her reflection on S-I-Z-E ideas by Bernard Loomer. As we discovered in the last post, a Fat Soul is a beautiful soul characterized by its capacity for love, deep relationships and openness. Openness to new. Ideas, perspectives, levels of complexity, non-dual thinking without becoming defensive…
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Fat Souls

I stumbled across Patricia Adams-Farmer - an author/philosopher/theologian, and she has written a few books, two of which I am reading through now. She is a gifted and engaging writer, and I find I connect with her imagery and her ideas of genuine beauty and what this might look like in real life as a…
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Ditches of Religious Deconstruction

God takes us out via the desert to bring us into something new. For the love of God, don’t make your home in the spaces of transitions and aridity. Resist the urge to build your cottage industry ministry in the transitional spaces - because, truth be told; you will gather the lost, the bitter and the angry. And the only help you can be to them is being lost and angry together. All the while cheering each other on in self-righteous snark- throwing rocks as you cheer each other on.
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We need Updated Stories

In his book Doubt after Faith: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It, Brian McLaren notes that sixty-five million US adults have quit going to Church, and this number grows by 2.7 million every year.[1] These numbers should serve as a wake-up call for churches, indicating that something is not connecting with people.…
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Grief as Resentment

hese unaddressed feelings of loss, combined with others, can sometimes change into resentment(s). Resentment is the perception of wrongdoing / unfair advantage through actions, words or even political or religious ideas.
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God always spills over

This came today in Richard Rohr’s daily email. It is part of the transcript from a talk Ilia Delio gave at the 2014 CAC CONSPIRE. Along with being a Ph.D. scientist and theologian, Ilia Delio is one of my favourite thinkers and spiritual writers. As I read her comments, I was aware of a stirring…
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