Bill Says the Darnedest Things

ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life

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Summary for May 20, 2018

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Dear Folks -

There is no text to read from Ordinary Life this week. I had hand surgery this past week that took me out of the typing mode so Brooke Summers-Perry and I had a conversation that we intended to be a response to and reflection on the current theme I’ve been speaking to in Ordinary Life. The theme is “Living in the Gap Between 'The No-Longer and 'The Not-Yet.'” Brooke gave the time together this title -

“Bill Says The Darnedest Things”

You will have to listen to the audio or view the video of the time to discover why she came up with the title. Both of us had a good time doing this and several people asked that we repeat this format in the near future.

That is a very brief summary or the time in Ordinary Life this week.

You can listen to the audio of the talk using the link below.

You can watch the video by clicking on the video player below.

If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.

Be well and much love,

Bill Kerley

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A History of God

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Summary for May 13, 2018

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Dear Folks -

This week the title of my talk was

“A History of God”

This is also the title of a very important book by Karen Armstrong. The “God” in question, both in my talk and in her book, is the “God” of the monotheistic religions - Judaism, Islam and Christianity. My talk refers to Armstrong’s work but in no way replicates it.

The topic of God is not only immense but also is a territory filled with land mines. The notion that God has a history or evolves borders, for some, on the edge of heresy. One of my professors was fond of saying, “Never dare a heresy, never gain a truth.”

My primary goal in this talk is to get those who hear it, or read it, to simply be open to exploring what your conception of God is. Even more, to answer this question: what is the character of your God?

Our understanding of whatever we mean by the word “God” shapes everything about us - whether we are aware of this or not. Our true identity is who we are in God. No more. No less. If this is so, what is our understanding of “God”?

For those of you who want to dig further, I have found the works of Diarmuid O’Murchu, “Quantum Theology” and “Incarnation: A New Evolutionary Threshold” most helpful.

That is a very brief summary or the talk I offered in Ordinary Life this week.

You can read or download the text from which I spoke, view the presentation slides, listen to the audio of the talk and/or watch the video of the talk using the links below.

If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.

Be well and much love,

Bill Kerley

In order to read or download the text of the talk, click here.

In order to view or download the presentation slides, click here.

In order to listen to the audio version of the talk or to view the video of the presentation, use the links below.


Rumors Of and About God

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Summary for May 6, 2018

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Dear Folks -

This week the title of my talk was

“Rumors Of And About God”

Our understanding of whatever we mean by the word “God” shapes everything about us - whether we are aware of this or not. Our true identity is who we are in God. No more. No less. If this is so, what is our understanding of “God”?

If God is not up and out there somewhere, what can we say and know about God? What can be said about the unspeakable? What can be known about the unknowable? Building on the kind of “evidential and evolutionary faith” I spoke of last week, I begin this week some talks on this topic. In this one I share mostly what has been my own evolving “history with God” in the hopes it will be helpful to and for your own faith journey. The talk ends with a story I got from Niels Bohr, the physicist whose work is being so influential on theology. It is a story about a young rabbinical student who goes to hear three lectures. Each lecture is more wonderful than the one that preceded it. And, also more “not-understandable.”

That is a very brief summary or the talk I offered in Ordinary Life this week.

You can read or download the text from which I spoke, view the presentation slides, listen to the audio of the talk and/or watch the video of the talk using the links below.

If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.

Be well and much love,

Bill Kerley

To read or download the text of the talk, click here.

To view or download the presentation slides, click here.

To listen to or download the audio version of the talk. click on the audio file below.

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Embracing an Evidential and Evolutionary Spirituality

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Summary for April 29, 2018

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Dear Folks -

This week the title of my talk was

“Embracing an Evidential and Evolutionary Spirituality”

As I seek to explore how we can consciously construct a spiritual understanding of our lives and living using specific religious language, one of the first things we encounter is the matter of “religious beliefs.” Why do people believe what they do? Several things have helped in the construction of religious beliefs: revelation, tradition, authority, experience and evidence. Religion has a tendency to “nail things down.” The nature of our cosmos, however, is that everything is evolving. How is our understanding of “religious truth” affected by this?

That is a very brief summary or the talk I offered in Ordinary Life this week.

You can read or download the text from which I spoke, view the presentation slides, listen to the audio of the talk and/or watch the video of the talk using the links below.

If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.

Be well and much love,

Bill Kerley

To read or download the text version of the talk, click here.

To view or download the presentation slides of the talk, click here.

To listen to or download the audio version of the talk click on the audio file below.

To watch the video of the talk, click on the video player below.