“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 […]

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 […]

Spiritual Communion With God

In a previous post I talk about two distinct Dark Nights: the Dark Night of the Senses and the Dark Night of the Soul. Two Dark Nights, not just one. This is the teaching of the original voice regarding Dark Nights, John of the Cross. He was born in 1542 in Spain. At one point […]

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. […]

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 […]

Memorial Day: My Experience Today

If you read my previous post, you know that I just wasn’t cut-out to be in the military. The fact is I’m a pacifist. A pretty radical pacifist, at that. But my father was pleased. He was a marine in the South Pacific during World War II. In fact, as a non-commissioned officer himself, he […]

Memorial Day: My Brief Military Service

I was a chaplain in the Air Force for two years. I served in several places — California, Texas, Alabama, and Colorado. It was OK. It was during the Cold War so there wasn’t open conflict, although there were several questionable things going on at the time. Some of the more memorable things were 1) […]