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…

Beating Myself Up

Last week I lost my footing in step aerobics and tumbled off my step, rearranging my thumb and tibia from their normal locations. I was embarrassed but my stepper friends assured me that I had fallen gracefully.   Yesterday, to stay on the same theme, I walked smack into a closed glass door. I perceived an…

The Journey or the Destination

Dear Friends, It occurs to me that I have been a destination-driven person most of my life. When I was awakened by a call to ministry, I wanted to go directly through the courses to become credentialed. From the moment I felt called, I was focused on being  a senior minister. I was not curious…

Life is Consciousness Not Years

Today I took a tumble in my exercise class. I think I scared my friends, all of who are younger than me; I scared myself too. Why did I fall? I probably was doing a more difficult routine than I should have been doing. The choreography was complex and the routine was fast. Most of…

Just Like Paving Paradise

The lyrics from “Big Yellow Taxi” popped into my head a few minutes ago. I was thinking about a gift we received from an out-of-state person who attends another New Thought church/center but evidently fell in love with Ernest Holmes when she came across his writings. She couldn’t find a Center for Spiritual Living in…

Vulnerability Leads to Authenticity

  Forgiveness Stay with us You leave our company when you speak of shame And this makes everyone in the Tavern sad Stay with us As we do the hardest work of rarely laying down that pick and shovel That will keep revealing our deeper kinship with God, That will keep revealing our own Divine…