Hinge of History

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

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Summary for September 8, 2019

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Dear Folks -

First, thank you for the birthday gifts - the flowers and the “personalized” pajamas. Very clever and much appreciated. I am so grateful to and for you. Again, thank you!

Though she had been working on it for a while, Brooke Summers-Perry responded to my talk this week in a beautiful and moving blog post. Check it out on the Ordinary Life website.

Several factors have caused me to begin to take a slightly different direction in the talks I’m offering in Ordinary Life. A primary one is my desire to contribute to healing the divisiveness that exists all around us. There have also been questions asking about clarifications on what it might mean to “go deep” and to have an “grown-up” faith. Why is it that the public face of religion reflects so much ignorance and immaturity?

We are among the first generation to enter the digital age and the last to know what life was like before it. And, we are the last to have the ability to forestall the catastrophic changes that seem to be headed in our direction - and they are coming from numerous arenas.

We have to develop some moral humility about positions we hold. One way to do this is to grow in our awareness that all people, regardless of the tribe to which they belong, believe that the positions they hold are “right.” We must also acknowledge whether we really believe that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us. I called the talk -

The Hinge of History:
First and Final - Foresee and Forestall

That is a very brief summary of the talk I offered this week in Ordinary Life. As if often the case, I think the audio version is different and, I think, better than the text.

You can read or download the text from which I spoke, view the presentation slides, listen to the audio of the talk and/or watch the video 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. (The audio will not be available until next week.)