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Summary for December 17, 2017

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Dear Folks -

Two people spoke at the beginning of our time together this week.

Holly Hudley, head of the Ordinary Life Finance Committee, gave a report about how funds you give are being dispersed to various organizations that we support. That report will soon be posted on the Ordinary Life website.

Then, Wayne Herbert read a very touching letter in keeping with the spirit of the season. The letter was by Giovanni Giocondo.

Several people asked for copies of what was read. Here is a link to answer those requests:

You will find the letter in the third link. 

Thanks to both Holly and Wayne for the work they do for us.

The talk I offered began with a link to one of the most touching and funny videos I’ve seen in ages. Though there is a link in the text of the talk, here is that link as well. Click here to watch it.

In the talk I gave last week and this most recent one, my desire was to free the Christmas stories we are familiar with from their cultural constraints so that we might hear them as their creators intended. This is not easy for a variety of reasons. The Christmas story is likely one of the most familiar stories in the world. Last week I pointed out how different the two versions of the story we have are. This week I sought to get at what the stories did and might mean. The stories are intended to fill us with joy and, at the same time, ground us in a hope that allows us to endure dark times and work to become enlightened and to bring light into the world.

That is a very brief summary of the talk.

You can read or download the text from which I spoke, view the presentation slides and listen to the audio 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.