Kind Hearts, Peaceful Minds, Skillful Hands - Michael Lerner

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

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Summary for October 14, 2018
By Wayne Herbert

Dear Folks -

Bill and Sherry are back home in Houston after their vacation in the Balkans. Bill continues his sabbatical from Ordinary Life, and will return to us soon. Meanwhile, if you haven't already done so, you might want to take a look at Bill's Balkan Adventures blog. You can read it by clicking here.

Our guest speaker last Sunday was Michael Lerner, author, therapist, and co-founder of Commonweal, a California based center for health and healing, art and education, and environment and justice. His talk was titled -

KIND HEARTS, PEACEFUL MINDS, SKILLFUL HANDS
Living lives of service in the Anthropocene, or Human Centered Age

Michael drew on the teachings of Richard Rohr to discuss first the idea that a gospel that doesn't take into account the rights of human beings is simply an instrument of power.

Michael then turned to Rohr's teachings about the power of love and meditation and prayer as a way to connection with God. Michael also discussed Rohr's seven core teachings and how they relate to the ideas of love, justice, and human rights.

Michael concluded his talk with a discussion of the enneagram, Rohr's interpretations of the enneagram, and how the nine enneagram types are reflected in many spiritual teachings, including the Jewish mystical tradition of the Kabbalistic tree of life, the 7 deadly sins of Christianity (plus 2), and even with the lands Odysseus visits on his way home from Troy; they occur in the same order as the enneagram.

You can find the audio and video versions of Michael's below, as well as the Michael's presentation notes.

If you have not registered for the Michael Dowd event, I strongly encourage you to do so before all tickets are sold out. To register, click here.

Rob Landes will be in concert this coming Sunday, October 21, 2018, starting at 4 p.m. You really don't want to miss this performance. Rob has performed frequently at St. Paul's both as organist and pianist. This will be a benefit fund raiser for Michael Dowd's appearance in November. There is no charge for this benefit concert and all donations are gratefully received. For more information, click here.

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

In order to listen to or download the audio version of the talk, click on the audio player below.


Losing Faith - Matt Russell

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

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Summary for October 7, 2018

By Wayne Herbert

Dear Folks -

Bill and Sherry are wrapping up their vacation in the Balkans and will be traveling home soon. Bill has updated his Balkan Adventures blog with his third and final post, and you can read about it by clicking here.

In Bill's absence, our speaker for last Sunday was St. Paul's own Rev. Dr. Matt Russell, Senior Associate Pastor. Matt titled his talk

Losing Faith

A central theme in Matt's talk is the idea that as we proceed through life we become "stuck" and "unstuck". We learn and grow, we have mentors that help us move forward, and then we become stuck again. We find ourselves slow, damaged, and insufficient. And then we become unstuck and move forward again.

This is a very short summary of Matt's talk. You can find the audio and video versions, as well as the slide presentation, at the links below.

If you have not registered for the Michael Dowd event, I strongly encourage you to do so. Available space is rapidly filling up. To register, click here.

Please don't forget that on October 14, Ordinary Life is privileged to have a most interesting speaker, Michael Lerner. Michael is an author, therapist, and co-founder of Commonweal, a California based center for health and healing, art and education, and environment and justice. He is a much sought after speaker, and his topic is titled -

KIND HEARTS, PEACEFUL MINDS, SKILLFUL HANDS

For more information about Michael and his talk, and the Ordinary Life event calendar, click here.

Please also don't forget that Rob Landes will be in concert on Sunday, October 21, 2018, starting at 4 p.m. Rob has performed frequently at St. Paul's both as organist and pianist. This will be a benefit fund raiser for Michael Dowd's appearance in November. There is no charge for this benefit concert and all donations are gratefully received. For more information, click here.

By the way, Bill, Holly Hudley, and Brooke Summers-Perry have been writing weekly blog posts; meaningful reflections relevant to the content of weekly lectures and to our general spiritual growth. Click the green button below to redirect to the blog.

Although it is Bill's tagline that he uses to end his summaries, I too, want to say, "If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you."

Peace and blessings to you.

Wayne Herbert

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Note: There is no prepared text associated with this talk.


Why Jesus Matters To An Agnostic Atheist

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

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Summary for September 30, 2018
By Wayne Herbert

Dear Folks -

Bill and Sherry are on vacation in the Balkans, and thus, Bill will be away from Ordinary Life for the next couple of weeks. In his absence, I (that's me... Wayne Herbert) had the privilege of speaking at Ordinary Life in Bill’s absence.

My talk was about the factors in my life that caused me to grow up as an atheist, and the experiences I had in my later life that caused me to reassess and then embrace the teachings of Jesus. That’s the short version. You can read the text of my presentation at the link below.

A quick update: Bill has sent his first blog post of his trip in the Balkans; his posts will be found on the Ordinary Life website. Click here to access his blog.

If you have not registered for the Michael Dowd event, I strongly encourage you to do so, as the number of available spaces continues to dwindle. To register, click here.

And finally, please join Rob Landes in concert on Sunday, October 21, 2018, starting at 4 p.m. Besides listening to some outstanding music by a premier Houston artist, your voluntary donation to this event helps offset the costs of our Michael Dowd event. For more information, click here.

In the words, of Bill, be well and much love,

Wayne Herbert

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

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

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Living the Questions


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

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Summary for September 23, 2018

Dear Folks -

Bill and Sherry have begun their vacation in the Balkans and will be away from Ordinary Life for the next few weeks. I, Wayne Herbert, will be preparing the weekly previews and summaries until Bill returns. Please contact me if you have comments or suggestions. Bill will be sharing his journey on the blog while he travels.

This last Sunday, Brooke Summers-Perry and Bill had an engaging dialogue about life, mindfulness, and the journey that all of us are taking, which they titled

“Living the Questions”

Brooke and Bill had an engaging and thoughtful discussion about our society, its ills, and how we can live in it and make it better. They spoke of our communal interdependence, dealing with our anger and triggers, and channeling it constructively. Brook spoke of never learning to deal with anger in healthy ways because "good girls" weren't supposed to have those kinds of feelings, and how that affected her life. Bill spoke of spiritual practice: Being aware without being reactive and judgmental, noting a Buddha acronym, "RAIN"... Recognize the thought, Allow, accept it, don’t be judgmental about it, Investigate, identify where it shows up in your body. Then, develop a non attached relationship to it, Nurture.

This is only a very brief summary of the wide ranging discussion Brooke and Bill had in this week's Ordinary Life.

Brooke has transcribed the discussion into a text format (thank you, Brooke!) and you can read the discussion between Brooke and Bill at the link, below. You can view Brooke's handouts, and find the audio and video version of the discussion at the link below.

If you have not registered for the Michael Dowd event, I strongly encourage you to do so. Available space is rapidly filling up. To register, click here.

Please also don't forget that Rob Landes will be in concert on Sunday, October 21, 2018, starting at 4 p.m. Rob has performed frequently at St. Paul's both as organist and pianist. This will be a benefit fund raiser for Michael Dowd's appearance in November. There is no charge for this benefit concert and all donations are gratefully received. For more information, click here.

Although it is Bill's tagline that he uses to end his summaries, I too, want to say, "If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you."

Peace and blessings to you.

Wayne Herbert

In order to read or download the the discussion between Brooke and Bill, click here.

In order to view or download the handouts from the discussion, click here.

To listen to the audio recording of the discussion, click on the player below.

To view the video of the presentation click below.