The Sun and The Umbrella

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

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Summary for July 9, 2017

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Dear Folks -

For a good while now I have been basing the talks I offer in Ordinary Life on my study of and reflections on teachings found in The Gospel of Thomas. This is one way I seek to make a contribution to both religious and spiritual literacy. The teaching I referenced this week, though it is in The Gospel of Thomas, actually is from the Greek story-teller Aesop. It raises the issue of how religion and religious leaders can easily be a force for damage rather than good in the world. Though organized religion has done a lot of good in the world, across the centuries and even now, it has also been a source for evil.

In addition to reflecting on this, I used this teaching as an opportunity to give a summary of what the “operating system” is that forms the fabric on which I seek to paint all of the talks I offer in Ordinary Life. I used the title of a book that, though long out of print, is as relevant now as when it was published in the 1950s.

“The Sun and The Umbrella"

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 more expansive than 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

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