Dear Folks -
The "life talk" I gave this week is about grace - the most important and central concept of spiritual and religious work. Certainly this is true for the Jewish-Christian traditions.
Our culture, working as it does on a system of reward and punishment, easily misunderstands grace. We are used to thinking of injustices (usually those we think done to us), justice (usually those people we think deserving of punishment) and just rewards. It is only when we step outside of this system can we begin to understand the notion of grace.
This is a summary of the talk I gave in Ordinary Life this week. The full text that I used is below. The overheads and cartoons I used, along with the ability to download an audio file of the talk, can be found below as well.