Union, Wholeness and Healing Are Seeking Us

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

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Summary for August 12, 2018

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Dear Folks -

There are two stories vying for our attention and loyalty. One is of separation and one is of union. One is filled with conflict and claims of “truth.” The other creates a context for healing and wholeness. How we hear, interpret and live the “story” that gives meaning to our lives matters.

I have been deconstructing the terrible teachings of Christian Fundamentalism in an effort to contribute to the story of “union.” In the talk I offered in Ordinary Life this week I spoke to the teaching about “the virgin birth.” This was the second, and last, of two talks on this topic. Next week I’ll begin to talk about the meaning and nature of the miracle stories told in the Jewish-Christian tradition. I gave this week’s talk this title -

Union, Wholeness and Healing Are Seeking Us

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 view the audio or vidwo version of the talk, use the links below.


A Wisdom Journey

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

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Summary for August 5, 2018

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Dear Folks -

The old story does not let us go quickly or easily. Even though in many places we can see that the way we are doing things isn’t working, it is hard to change the beliefs and behaviors that keep things the way that they are. Yet, we sense that something else, something more is possible. I’m in the midst of reading a collection of essays by Charles Eisenstein. They are collected in a book with this title: “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible.” Yet, getting to that “more” is challenging.

If we are to move into the new, we have to understand the old. I’ve been in the process of deconstructing the teachings of Christian Fundamentalism. The one I began to look at this week is “the virgin birth.” My goal is to explore and amplify on what this belief did, does and might mean for the “more beautiful world our hearts know is possible." I called the talk -

A Wisdom Journey

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 the audio of the presentation click on the player below.

To watch the video click on the player below.


Loving Conversations

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

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Summary for July 29, 2018

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Dear Folks -

Wow! The presentation in Ordinary Life this week was powerful beyond words. Links below will take you to the audio of the time, their presentation slides and the video of the talk.

I had asked Josh and Holly Hudley, a couple in an interracial marriage and who have created a biracial family to share their experiences with us. They were, and are, so clear and powerful and loving. They called their time “Loving Conversations.” This was in reference to the Supreme Count’s decision in 1967 to strike down a law that forbade interracial marriage. I strongly encourage you to listen to or view their time with Ordinary Life.

Holly did send me this to share with you -

Dear friends -

I’m so grateful we have created a community that is open, willing, and curious. Josh and I had fun talking with Bill and to you all about our life...about (ultimately) being in this human project together.

One thing I wanted to reiterate clearly was the power of vulnerability in relationships. In mine and Josh’s relationship - much like many of yours - we’ve crafted a safe space to have open, vulnerable, honest conversations. Without that willingness, we cannot navigate the hardest moments in life. Through relationship we can open our hearts and change our reality and our world.

I’ve recently become acquainted with John A Powell, the leader of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. In a dialogue with Krista Tippet, he said, “Being human is about being in the right kind of relationships...a process. It’s not something that we just are born {into}...If you suffer, it does not imply love. But if you love, it does imply suffering. To suffer with, through compassion, not to suffer against. And if we can hold that space big enough, we also have joy and fun even as we suffer. And suffering will no longer divide us...to me, that’s sort of the human journey.”

He described a time as a student at Stanford in the 60’s when he was a leader in the Black Student Union. As a group they agreed upon a policy of non-interaction with whites. One day he left a meeting and saw a white female student navigating her way with a cane used by the blind. She got tangled up in a litter of bikes, her cane stuck between the spokes. She turned, knocked the bikes over, turned again, knocked more over. This went on and he began to walk passed, the sound of bikes falling as he did. He paused, fought whatever inner voice he needed to, turned around and helped her out of the knot of bikes. Afterward he went back to the BSU and said, “I can’t do this. Separation is not the answer.”

His story is rich with symbolism. It invites us to look at our blind spots, to reach out and navigate our way out. Our blind spots are our best teachers., but none of us can learn from them if we stay separate. Thank you for joining us on the journey.

With love, Holly

I had asked Josh and Holly to present in Ordinary Life because I gave the sermon in the 1st and 3rd worship services at St. Paul’s.

You can read or download the text of the sermon using the link below. You can view the presentation slides, listen to the audio of the talk and/or watch the video of Josh and Holly's time in Ordinary Life 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

You can read or download the text of the sermon, "Crossing Boundaries," by clicking here.

You can listen to the sermon by clicking on the audio file below.

You can view the presentation slides that Josh and Holly prepared for their talk by clicking here.

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To watch the video of "Loving Conversations", click on the player below.

 

 

 

Jesus As Our GPS

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

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Summary for July 22, 2018

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Dear Folks -

The talk I offered in Ordinary Life this week will be enhanced for you if you also view the presentation slides. As is usually the case, the audio version is somewhat different from the text from which I spoke. In case you are not aware of it, a high-definition video of the talk, including the presentation slides, is usually available on the Ordinary Life website by Wednesday morning. Check it out.

In making the journey from the “no-longer” to the “not-yet,” older ways of navigating are not only outmoded but also dangerous. Doctrines and dogmas, mainstays of organized religion, are not wise or useful. What is? In order to go forward we need what Bill Wilson, cofounder of AA, called “a vital spiritual experience.” In this talk I am suggesting that we use Jesus and his teachings as our GPS. If we are to do that, of course, we have to be open to the latest and best insights not only from biblical and theological scholarship but also from the world that I’m calling “quantum physics.” This leads us to a “quantum theology.” This is a brief summary of the time. I called the talk -

Jesus As Our GPS

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 or to view the video of the talk, use the links below.


To watch the video, click on the player below.