Category Christianity

Letter to Pope Francis

Most Holy Father, Thank you for saying NO to power and YES to love in so many beautiful and radical ways. As a non-practicing Catholic, your example has stirred my hope for the future of the church and the world. I am writing with a simple and humble appeal as you research and write the […]

Divesting Theism: Learning A New Mentality

Since my last post, just a short three weeks ago, my understanding of atheism has increased dramatically, because I have gone on a podcast and web surfing binge exploring the issues almost daily. My favorite podcast is one with Seth Andrews at thethinkingatheist.com. I’ve gotten through about 20 episodes with thisĀ gentle soul who treats his […]

Divesting Theism: Kill the Buddha

My long-standing theism and the process of divesting it over the past two decades is curious to me. My compelling existentialist non-theistic Christianity is powerfully and paradoxically tempered with a mystical evolutionary sense of God in nature and a deeply personal internal relationship/dialogue/devotion to Jesus, as well as a deep embedded experience of God as […]

The Examen

As part of a Sacred Journey class I am taking at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, I am doing a daily Examen practice modeled after the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. There are many versions floating around. Here is the one I use from my class: 1. Presence – Begin by recognizing the […]

Re-Wiring My Brain for Non-Dualism (The Kingdom of Heaven)

I’ve known for a long time that I need to return to a committed meditation practice. I am more aware of my anguish and yet somehow more peaceful when meditation is part of my life. So, who is educating me and moving me right now to launch this endeavor again? Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, an Episcopal […]

The Broken Bits

“Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.” – Jesus, after feeding the multitude This little morsel was part of the reading at Mass a couple of weeks ago and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. As a post-Evangelical, ex-fundamentalist, semi-Agnostic, mystic, Buddhist Catholic universalist (or something along those lines), I […]