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The Dalai Lama and Change

Tenzin Gyatso is recognized as the “tulku” or reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, and is in a lineage going back to at least 1546. My interest in this man of wisdom was renewed after I spent time with someone who has met him, and written extensively about that life-changing encounter.( Rodger Kamenetz, author of The Jew in the […]

On a quiet, sermon writing afternoon, I am listening to music and making my lunch. I cut into a fresh tomato from our garden as this song played in the background, and realized I want to share the lyrics, and put a question out there- following the example of the singer, Carrie Newcomer, can you […]

running deer, a burning bush and other signs (from August 2, 2015)

Three weeks ago I was at Kenyon College in the village of Gambier, Ohio, attending Beyond Walls, a writer’s conference for clergy. There were 84 ministers, priests, chaplains, rabbis, and spiritual directors from Australia, and Canada, and 23 American states. Our teachers were poets, novelists, editors, bloggers, and journalists. It was a celebration of spiritual […]

blue marbles, layer cakes and little fish (from July 26, 2015)

NASA recently released this great new picture of the earth from space. It makes me think of scenes we sometimes see on television, video footage from the International Space Station, with our planet in the background. We live in such a different time from when Jesus walked the earth, and taught his friends about God’s […]