Eat Your Spiritual Brussels Sprouts. They Are Good For You

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

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Summary for June 17, 2018

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Dear Folks -

I called this week's talk -

“Eat Your Spiritual Brussels Sprouts. They Are Good For You."

At the beginning of this talk, I gave an overview of the theory of “quantum theology” that somewhat describes the gap we are living in between the “No-Longer” and the “Not-Yet.” The defining feature of this way of seeing things is that we bring into being the reality we know and perceive. Some people see this as a very liberating thing and others react to it with great fear. One of the fearful reactions is that of “fundamentalism.” Fundamentalism desires to define and control and claims to have “the truth.” Fundamentalism always devolves into the demonic and the violent. Sometimes this has “soft” forms but usually not.

I am undertaking the task of exposing modern Christian Fundamentalism as the poison it is. For some, this means investigating topics that at first might seem “off-putting” or “boring.” For example, this week we begin to look at the claims Fundamentalists make about the Bible. At any rate, I don’t believe that this is material we can gloss over. Especially if we seek to put more life-enhancing spiritual beliefs and practices in place in our lives. That is why this week’s talk has the title that it does.

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 this week's talk, click here.

To view or download the presentation slides, click here.

To listen to the audio version of the talk, use the link below.


 

 

More Understanding, Less Fear

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

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Summary for June 10, 2018

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Dear Folks -

There are three “announcement like” items I want to draw to your attention.

First, the talented young singers of the Washington National Cathedral will be presenting a concert this Wednesday evening at seven. Admission is free. This will be in the Sanctuary building on St. Paul’s campus.

Second, there is an Ordinary Life Happy Hour this Saturday. Details are on the Ordinary Life website.

Third, the Michael Dowd event is now open for registration. I know November seems like a long way off but I expect this event to “sell out.” The registration fee includes lunch. Child care is available at no cost. To register, click here

As for this week’s talk: I called it -

“More Understanding, Less Fear”

Our culture is in the grip of fear. This is, in my opinion, largely due to the fact that we have powerful “shadow aspects” working at the collective unconscious level that do not allow us to behave like mature, loving, compassionate and just people. Though all wise and useful spirituality speaks of the importance of being “enlightened” and living “in the light,” we are mostly in the dark. In order to spend more time in freedom and less time “captured,” we will have to be willing to encounter these “shadow aspects” in order to be free of them.

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 this week's talk, click here.

To view or download the presentation slides, click here.

To listen to the audio version of the talk, use the link below.

To watch the video, click play on the player below.

 

Developing Faith In a Time of Crisis

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

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Summary for June 3, 2018

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Dear Folks -

I called the talk I offered in Ordinary Life this week

“Developing Faith In a Time of Crisis"

The crisis we are in is both religious and political. I began with the story of Carlton Pearson, a Pentecostal preacher, who was declared a heretic by his denomination because he began preaching a “gospel of inclusion.” You can hear his story on the podcast “This American Life.” The episode is titled “Heretic.” Or, you can see his story portrayed in the movie “Come Sunday.” (I streamed this from Netflix.)

Fundamentalist religion has gotten involved in American politics in a disturbing and divisive manner. The core teaching of Jesus was and is about something very different than the Fundamentalists are currently preaching. This is dangerous for our country and for people seeking an understanding of authentic faith. A group of respected religious leaders has recently released a statement of faith titled “Reclaiming Jesus: A Statement of Faith in a Time of Crisis.” I conclude the talk quoting part of it and encourage you to read it in it’s entirety. There is a link to it below.

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 read or download the complete text of "Reclaiming Jesus," click here.

To view or download the presentation slides, click here.

To listen to or download the audio version of the talk, use the link below.

Watch the video of the June 3 Ordinary Life Class.
Click on the player below.


 

 

 

A Safe and Energizing Perspective on the Sacred

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

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Summary for May 27, 2018

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Dear Folks -

I called the talk I offered in Ordinary Life this week

“A Safe and Energizing Perspective on the Sacred”

This is one of those times when viewing the presentation slides will enhance the experience of the talk.

Change is hard for everyone. For example, no matter how often you have moved from one place to another, any move is difficult. In some ways the times in which we live are like the turbulent ‘60s. A lot that people assumed was solid doesn’t seem to be. The way many thought the future would be isn’t turning out that way. The times are chaotic. Divisions and fractures are deep and painful for many. Fear evokes anger. And, on it goes.

I think, however, this is a great time in which to be alive. For one thing, in order to create a future that is in line with our highest spiritual principles, our best is called forth from us. The need for clarity about and commitment to the truth is urgent. All of this is exciting and energizing. For some it is a scary time. There is, however, every reason to be hopeful.

That is a very brief summary of 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 the audio version of the talk, use the link below.

To watch the video, click on the player below.