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Necessary Boundaries

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part One Necessary Boundaries Monday, August 10, 2020 Law, tradition, and boundaries—what I call Order—seem to be necessary in any spiritual system both to reveal and to limit our basic egocentricity. Such containers make at least some community, family, and marriage possible. Boundaries seem to be the only way that human beings… Continue Reading Necessary Boundaries

Emancipation

Inner and Outer Freedom Emancipation Wednesday, June 17, 2020 For the kinds of freedom and liberation that are needed today, I am going to use the word “emancipation.” Instead of focusing on the mere personal freedoms enjoyed by individual people, emancipation directs our attention to a systemic level of freedom. With the exception of those… Continue Reading Emancipation

Hope and Humility

Politics: Week 2 Hope and Humility Wednesday, July 18, 2018 At a time when our politics may seem bleak and hopeless, poet, peacemaker, minister, and scholar John Philip Newell offers us both encouragement and challenge: We live in a moment of grace. Through the hedges of our divisions we are beginning to glimpse again the… Continue Reading Hope and Humility

Creative Political Tension

Politics: Week 1 Creative Political Tension Tuesday, July 10, 2018 I see our species’ collective shadow on full display today in the United States, exposing intolerance and bigotry at deep levels. Under the guise of avoiding political correctness, truth-telling has been twisted into fear-mongering and scapegoating. When humans cannot face and embrace the insecurities inside… Continue Reading Creative Political Tension

Watching the River

Action and Contemplation: Week 1 Watching the River Tuesday, May 10, 2016 To live in the present moment requires a change in our inner posture. Instead of expanding or shoring up our fortress of “I”—the ego—which culture and often therapy try to help us do, contemplation waits to discover what this “I” consists of. What… Continue Reading Watching the River

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