There Has To Be Another and Better Way

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

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Summary for June 18, 2017

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Dear Folks -

In the talk I offered in Ordinary Life this week I had three goals. First, I wanted to contribute to religious literacy by giving a picture of Jesus as the first century Palestinian Jew that he was. Second, I wanted to interpret a specific teaching of his about “belonging.” Third, I wanted to offer something practical, not that the first two points aren’t extremely practical in my mind, that would contribute insight and motivation toward our willingness and ability to redefine the human “family.” If we can do this, we can contribute our part to overcoming the divisiveness that seems to be wrecking our various worlds.

The title of the talk is -

There Has To Be A Better Way To Build a World That Is Better For All of Us

You can read the text from which I spoke, find the presentation slides and the audio version of the talk using the links below. The audio version is somewhat different from the print version.

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 the presentation slides, click here.

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

 

 

 

This Is Hard!

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

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Summary for June 11, 2017

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Dear Folks -

My conviction is that doing the work involved in continuing to grow in the various areas that contribute meaning to our lives - emotionally, relationally, spiritually, etc. - is hard work. That is not, of course, all it is. It is also wonderful, exciting, fulfilling and many other positive qualities. But, it is also hard. That is what this week’s talk in Ordinary Life was about. It is a meditation on the most jarring of all the stories Jesus told. The main character in this story is an assassin. I gave the talk the title -

This Is Hard!

You can read the complete text, find the presentation slides and the audio file by 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, use the link below.

Arriving Where We Already Are Empty Handed

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

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Summary for June 4, 2017

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Dear Folks -

This week’s talk in Ordinary Life was a meditation on a teaching from the Gospel of Thomas that is found only there. I used an approach to interpret it that is counter intuitive to the ego’s way of wanting to see the world but one which I think is consistent with the Jewish mystical tradition out of which Jesus spoke. I called the talk -

Arriving Where We Already Are Empty Handed

You can read the complete text, find the presentation slides and the audio file 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 download or read the complete text of the talk, click here.

To view the presentation slides, click here.

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

 

 

Sneaky, Stinky Spirituality

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

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Summary for May 28, 2017

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Dear Folks -

Last week I suggested that we make our religion kindness, generosity and compassion. In the talk this week I offer some clarification about the difference between religion and spirituality. Then we look at a parable of Jesus that shows us one aspect of what a life of kindness, generosity and compassion might look like. We will continue to look at two other ways of seeing this over the next two weeks. The title I gave the talk is - 

Sneaky, Stinky Spirituality

You can read the complete text, find the presentation slides (which contain the photos) and the audio file 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 download or read the text of the talk, click here.

To view the presentation slides, click here.

To listen to the audio file, click on the link below,