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Slowing Down to Walk Contemplatively I have always been amazed at how much more I notice when I slow down. A street that I have driven down looks so different by bike, and even more detail emerges when I am walking. Walking meditativel…
Reflection Harvest Ritual For a gathering of our Ritual Salon in the early fall I wanted to find a way to get in touch with the season. Traditionally the fall is a time of celebrating the harvest: honoring seeds sown earlier…
Reflections from Asian and Asian-American Seminarians A few months ago I had the privilege and opportunity of meeting with several Asian and Asian-American seminary students in the San Francisco Bay Area. I wanted to create a space where they could ref…
Making Connections Blessing Blessed be the people we carry in our blood. Blessed be the places we carry in our bones. May our living make a way for those who come after a path of blessing, a path of beauty. —…
Master of Many Trades In this article in Aeon.com, Robert Twigger writes about the rise of the monopath in our society. The term refers to a person who focuses on one thing and becomes an expert. Such people are widely r…
Listening Is More Needed Now Than Ever In an article on TheConversation.com, Olaf Werder points out that in today's polarized milieu, dialogue between people has given way to "parallel monologues, paired with an inability to listen." Man…
The International Word of the Year Oxford Dictionaries has chosen "post-truth" as its international word of 2016. It is an adjective "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping publ…
Hearts Across the Divide This post has been contributed by Susan Strouse, a retired Lutheran minister who is author of The INTRAfaith Conversation and an organizer of an initiative called Hearts Across the Divide: Reclaimin…
Death Cafes Statisticians put the number of people who die each year at 56 million. That comes out to 153, 000 deaths a day, 107 deaths per minute. Death speaks quite loudly to some of us, Erica Brown notes in …
"When Will Our Needs and Hopes Matter?" "Democracy is more than a system of government; it is a way of life. We can assess the vitality of a democracy by how well it is serving the people's needs and hopes." These opening lines from th…