“That Of God In All Persons”

There are two women that I feel very close to that have been shaken by Quakers. (Pun intended!) Neither one of them has felt her faith affirmed by a Society that believes that all people are saved. A few years ago, I hired a young woman as a student employee at the library who was […]

Wedding

My daughter did get married on last Saturday. It was a very casual service. The actual service, including the musical prelude, lasted about 20 minutes. It was a secular (non-religious) wedding so there wasn’t much to say. You know, do you so-and-so take so-and-so to be your husband/wife. Also, there were some brief vows and […]

Marriage

This coming Saturday, June 29, my daughter is getting married. It is a traditional wedding. A man and a woman. Under an arch. In the groom’s family’s backyard. The words at the service, as far as I can tell, will be the traditional words. I am very happy for the couple. I am very happy […]

Religion And Mental Health

There’s a great post brimming full of vulnerability at The Bipolar Writer Collaborative Mental Health Blog. I’ve chosen to use the same title in order to express my own thoughts regarding the topic. Megan has captured what I believe is the experience of many that struggle with mental illness and their religion. I was a […]

Cemetery Picnic

My sister-in-law has been dead for 1 year and 11 months. Today would have been her birthday. Debbie’s daughters have not coped well with their mother’s passing yet. So we go up to the cemetery and have a picnic at the gravesite. This is not all that unusual, especially in other cultures, but it does […]

Detention Of Migrant Children

Two things. 1) I am outraged by the detention of migrant children, and 2) I am proud that I am represented by Senator Jeff Merkley. Some of these same individuals will maintain that the children being held in centers along the southern border are the children of illegal migrants. I am sure that some of […]

Gun Violence

Just two days ago at Virginia Beach in Virginia another 12 people were killed by a gunman. So many. This is making really religious people out of the House, the Senate and the Whitehouse. Every time a new tragedy like this occurs our politicians send their thoughts and prayers. But, they choose to do nothing. […]

Extraordinary Bond

In November 1987 I performed the wedding for Richard and Ellen. Richard was a counselor at the Iowa State Penitentiary. Ellen was a cocaine addict. The Pen had the look and feel of an old James Cagney movie. You had to be tough minded and physically capable to be a counselor at the prison. Richard […]

AP Report: Girl Believed To Be The Tiniest Newborn . . .

. . . weighed as much as an apple. This was reported by Julie Watson and John Antczak out of San Diego. I believe the date was Wednesday, May 29. NPR also picked up the story. Bobby Allyn wrote the story for NPR. Considered a micro-preemie, she was 8.6 ounces at birth.The pregnancy was 23 […]