Being Profoundly Disturbed by Great Joy

Dear Folks -

Several people asked me after this talk to recommend books about dreams and their interpretation. Two immediately came to mind: “Dreams: God’s Forgotten Language” by John Sanford and “Inner-Works” by Robert Johnson. Either or both are helpful.

The reason for these requests was because I used in this talk a powerful and disturbing dream I had over twenty-five years ago that profoundly affected the course of my life. Our task, once we have met our survival needs, is to grow in compassion and joy. We cannot experience this growth if we do not recognize those denied and repressed aspects of ourselves and bring them out into the open so that we may own them rather than being owned by them. I called the talk -

Being Profoundly Disturbed by Great Joy

I believe that the audio version of the talk is better then the text.

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"A Fidget Spinner Faith"

Trinity Sunday Sermon

Dr. Kerley delivered the sermons during the 8:30 and 11:05 services at St. Paul’s
on Trinity Sunday, June 16, 2019.

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This audio recording is of his sermon during the 11:05 service.

God the Father?

Summary for June 16, 2019

I don’t know about you all, but I so enjoy doing these talks with Bill. We make a plan, and inevitably more comes up than we have planned for. We only just began to scratch the surface of so many things: destiny and fate, the language of faith, disrupting old paradigms in favor of an evolving faith...what a ride! We both read from sources like Richard Rohr’s daily meditations, Progressing Spirit, Ilia Delio’s Omega Center, Brian Swimme, and Michael Morwood to open our hearts and minds to yours.

In the mystical tradition, real religion is about making one out of two. In cosmology, the universe is viewed as a “differentiated singularity.” Ilia Delio writes: “On the whole we are not conscious of evolution; we do not live as creatures in evolution, and we do not act as if our choices can influence the direction of evolution . . . In my view, evolution is the story, the meta narrative of our age . . . When the mind can engage reality as a question rather than imposing prefabricated answers on it, then one can participate creatively in evolution.” The questions at the heart of our talk is what is the sacred mystery trying to express through you? And what old paradigms do you need to examine and transform in order to make way for this to occur?

Thank you so much for joining us. We are so grateful for your in person and virtual presence. Click here for the audio and visual recording of our time together.

With Love - Holly & Bill

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"Use Your Head, Live From Your Heart"

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

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Summary for June 9, 2019

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Dear Folks -

For those of you who are wondering, yes, we did capture a video recording of Michael Morwood’s presentation and it will be posted on the Ordinary Life website soon. I’ll let you know when that happens.

There is a story in the narratives about Jesus where a paralytic man is brought to Jesus for healing. His friends can’t get to Jesus because of the crowd so they take the man up on the roof, dig a hole in the roof and let the man down to Jesus. It is a wonderful story. It is not a “news report” but a parable the early followers of Jesus told about love, forgiveness and compassion. In the talk I offered about the story, I tried to open the doors of our understanding by identifying with all of the characters in the story - those who block the way of others, those who are judgmental about crossing boundaries, those who have the courage it takes to find a new perspective and be willing to “dig” our way to hope and healing for all.

That is a very brief summary of the talk I offered this week in Ordinary Life. I called it -

Use Your Head, Live From Your Heart

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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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