Being Blessed By Changing Your Mind

I am a life-long learner. I like to consider myself as teachable. Sometimes I am. Have you ever had an experience that wasn’t to your liking, and then made up a story about it? Since we are meaning-making beings, it is a normal thing to do. However, if the story makes you a victim, it…

Gifts for the Newborn Child

Today I found out that I am a grand aunt. The baby arrived November 27 weighing 6 lbs 9 ounces. Her parents, Anra and Ryan Clark, named her Lela Marian Clark in honor of both her great grandmothers. I am thrilled for everyone concerned and also for the world. I know Mom would be honored…

Listening as a Spiritual Practice

Have you ever noticed that when you are thinking about a certain thing, those same ideas pop out of nowhere in many places? I recently I began teaching a class on The Power of Your Word . The class is organized by introducing a new spiritual practice each week. The first week practice was Keeping a Journal,…

Yes, I Voted!

On July 25, 2018, I was sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America with eight thousand eight hundred other immigrants. I was very moved by the experience. A federal judge spoke convincingly about the rights and responsibilities of becoming a citizen. I have been a resident in the United States since…

Setting Limits in a No Limit World

Sometimes our highest, holiest word is just two letters. “N-O.” Although it is not a positive word, “No” is a word of power. It is a word that helps bring clarity, set boundaries and produces freedom. Recently in a class I taught on Prosperity, we explored the idea that the language we use regarding our…

What Does It Mean to Keep Your Word?

Most everyone knows that there is power in commitment. The famous quote by W.H. Murray:  “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself,…

Psychological Stages and Spiritual Stages of Life

To prepare for this Sunday’s activity on generations within our congregation,  I have been reading about the psychological stages of life and what is achieved in each stage.  What interested me the most was the suggestion that each stage had an existential question associated with it. This work was done by Erik Erikson and added to…

Did They Like Their Gifts?

What are your favorite gifts to give? Are those gifts similar to what you like to receive? During our annual commitment program, we are planning to give some gifts to our congregation. As you may know, the commitment program is a time set aside to renew our commitment to our spiritual home. That renewal involves…