Category Archives: Who Are We?

We Have Forgotten Who We Are

On the same morning this past week that I read the above lines from Mary Oliver’s poem, “Invitation,” I had an extraordinary chance to practice her suggestion for living more attentive to the natural world around me. In fact several months ago, I began a new spiritual practice of daily reading a poem from one of Oliver’s books for just that purpose. Continue reading

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Just Love: Who We Are As Sexual Beings – Part III

In 1455, a Roman Catholic Pope, named Nicolas, issued what is known as a “papal bull” authorizing Portuguese explorers “to invade, search out, capture, vanquish and subdue all Saracens and pagans” encountered along the west coast of Africa, enslave them, and confiscate their property. I learned this through an article sent to me this past week Continue reading

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Just Love: Who We Are As Sexual Beings-Part II

In this post, I want to continue exploring some of the issues arising from our identity as sexual beings in the context of the new Universe Story. My interest in working with these issues at present is motivated in part by the ongoing debate around abortion in this country (and others, as I learned on my recent trip to Kenya). Continue reading

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Just Love: Who We Are As Sexual Beings – Part I

Prior to a recent trip to Kenya, I had decided that it was time to begin to consider in my reflections on this blog the topic of sexual ethics. I boarded the plane for my trip prepared to begin to draft my next post on this topic. This desire, in part, was prompted by the recent news reports Continue reading

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The Stuff of Who We Are

Many years ago, as I sought a more balanced perspective and practice in my spiritual life than I previously had acquired through my Christian upbringing, I turned to Taoist tradition. This was my first foray into Eastern spiritualities. Eventually, it helped me to gain a further appreciation of the Christian mystical tradition….A strain in this mystical thought and practice with which I still struggle is the notion of asceticism, or “letting go of self” implied in much of these writings Continue reading

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Resurrection: Who Are We After We Die?

This year in our part of the Midwest, the Christian liturgical celebration of Holy Week and Easter fell exactly in rhythm with the emergence of the new life of Spring all around us. I spent the days attending services and consciously watching as new green leaves popped out of bare tree branches Continue reading

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Exploring Who We Are as Feminine and Masculine

A number of years ago, I was invited to offer a presentation on “feminine principles.” The colleague who asked me to make the presentation believed strongly that in our Western culture we have come to place a higher value on “masculine” principles than “feminine” principles. Continue reading

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