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Models for Living a Life of Courage

"Who are your role models? Whose life do you admire? Who reminds you to stay strong when you feel discouraged or feel like giving up? Who models the values and life choices that inspire you to be your absolute best self? Who helps you have the courage to voice your deepest desires and heartfelt dreams?"

Love Letters to Indiana’s LGBTQ Youth

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we sent an outpouring of love to our LGBTQ youth? What if each one of us took five minutes to write a note to the youth at IYG to let them know how much they are loved? And if so moved, we could also include a check to show our care and support. Can you imagine how amazing it would feel opening all those letters and knowing that your community loved you—more than you knew? Perhaps one such small act will save a life at risk.

Toward Peace & Healing

Perhaps in 2013 we can find ways to bring peace into our lives and create more peace in the larger world community. To do so, we might have to examine our emotional triggers. We may have to understand the conflict and anger within ourselves. We might need to listen to the suffering we have caused others. We may have to share our own sources of suffering. “Practicing nonviolence is first of all to become nonviolence. … This applies to problems of the family as well as to problems of society.”

A New Political Conversation

At a recent event, Jill Bolte Taylor (author, Stroke of Insight), Sandy Sasso (Rabbi), and Carrie Newcomer (folk singer), shared their stories. They joined the stage in an effort to build community and embark on a public discourse regarding the human spirit. They asked, “What do we want our world to be?” and “How do we love the stranger, not just our neighbor?” and “If not now, when?” They spoke of embracing cultural, religious, political, gender, ethnic, and racial differences. How do we do so? We can start by telling our stories. We can listen to the stories of others. We can recognize the collective whole.

We Can Love Better – Lessons from Chick-fil-A

If we look back to the work of Jesus, in his time, women were the victims of disparate and cruel treatment. Individuals who were poor and individuals who suffered illnesses fared no better in those social structures. Jesus stood up for those who were oppressed. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out for the freedom (and legal rights) of all people. Gandhi likewise spoke for the imperative right to equality for all who were considered outcasts. These men risked their lives on behalf of others . . . in service to justice and fairness. God does not discriminate is the message they carried. God is love.

Love Will See Us Through

If we want to see peace, then we have to learn inner peace. If we want to see love, then we have to give it. If we are in a position of influence (musicians, singers, actors, political leaders, parents, religious leaders, teachers), then we have to show our youth that we are practicing what we preach: that drinking, drugs, self-interest, greed, exploitation, hate, and violence are never the answer to our problems. We must live out our spirituality by actively demonstrating an all-inclusive love, expansion of heart and soul, care of the earth and all her creatures, and world peace: that’s the message.

Stepping into our Calling – Ordination of Maria Thornton McClain

Home > Blog Index > Stepping into our Calling – Ordination of Maria Thornton McClain “The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience.” -Leo Tolstoy  I’ve been thinking about the ordination of the former nun, Maria Thornton McClain. When we feel called in [...]

2017-07-21T14:26:02-04:00April 19th, 2012|Categories: Current Events, Daily Living, Spirituality|6 Comments

Waging Peace

Home > Blog Index > Waging Peace "If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children." -- Mohandas Gandhi “Many think peace in the world is impossible. Many think inner peace cannot be attained. It’s the one who doesn’t know it can’t be done who [...]

2017-07-21T14:36:18-04:00November 14th, 2011|Categories: Current Events, Daily Living|8 Comments

The Highest Love

Home > Blog Index > The Highest Love “Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.” --Martin Luther King, Jr. "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." --Martin Luther King, Jr. I recall an image from the civil rights movement of an angry [...]

2017-07-21T14:40:55-04:00May 29th, 2011|Categories: Current Events, Spirituality|3 Comments

Compassion

We are like leaves on a tree: different colors, different shapes, and different branches that extend in various directions. We have different religions and languages. But we are all connected. We share the same planet. We share the same sky, the same need for food and water, and the same need for love and compassion.

2017-07-24T10:21:53-04:00February 28th, 2011|Categories: Current Events, Spirituality|Tags: , |0 Comments
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