Participating Creatively in Evolution - Spirituality With Zest

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

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Summary for February 10, 2019

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Dear Folks -

The title I gave to the talk I offered this week in Ordinary Life was -

“Participating Creatively in Evolution - Spirituality With Zest”

I got the first part of the title from a piece written by Ilia Delio and the second from a question asked by Jesus. The greatest challenge the Christian church has is that of bringing its “doctrinal teachings” into our current cosmological understandings. If these teachings, as well as Jesus himself, are not rescued from the limited and limiting worldview in which they are currently captured, the future is bleak. What frees us, when it comes to Jesus, is not his death but his life and teachings. Our world is so divided today in so many ways. This is because we don’t know how to do unity. We don’t know how to do unity because we don’t know how to receive a positive “Self-image” from Sacred Mystery. We must do the work required to gain clarity about what we believe and why. Real religion is about making one out of two.

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

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

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Welcome to Total Chaos in the Peaceable Kingdom

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

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Summary for February 3, 2019

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Dear Folks -

We learn more from the questions we ask and are asked than the “answers” that are given to us. Consequently, and because this ticks boxes on a lot of my teaching goals, I have been going through the narratives about Jesus and looking at the questions he asked. This week I dealt with this one, “Did you think that I came to bring peace on the earth?” Well, yes, I did.

However, it is the intention of the spiritual teacher to disturb before comforting. I quoted James Hollis again this week as saying, “Never in recorded history has there been such a mythological crisis.” We have a lot of wisdom and tenderness in us but we cover it up in our hunger for “security” and “certainty.” Almost all of Jesus’ teachings can be put into one of two categories - forgiveness and/or inclusion. Practicing these is upsetting. Freedom and love cannot replace imprisonment and fear if what we want is consolation and our own prejudices confirmed. We must embrace the fact that things change, that there is no separate self and stop confusing pleasure for pain. If we listen carefully we are welcomed to “total chaos in the peaceable kingdom."

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

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.

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Become What You Believe

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

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Summary for January 27, 2019

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Dear Folks -

The talk I offered in Ordinary Life this week had this title -

“Become What You Believe”

I am endeavoring to speak an evolving faith to and in an evolving world. And, to encourage us to have an “engaged faith.” Jim Hollis says in his most recent book, “Living An Examined Life,” that never in recorded history has there been such a mythological crisis. This talk is also my effort to elaborate on one of the statement/questions of Jesus - "Do you believe I can do this? Then, become what you believe.”

What does it mean to have faith? To trust? Why is it that so many people experience God as distant and/or punitive? Why is it that so many view having a spiritual practice as a burden and/or restrictive? In this talk I offer four definitions of faith in the hope that we will develop the ability and willingness to “see” things differently.

That is a very brief summary of the talk.

You can read or download the text from which we 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.

To watch the video, use the player below.



It's About Time

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

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Summary for January 20, 2019

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Dear Folks -

Though my teachings will still reflect that we are living in the gap between the “no-longer” and the “not-yet,” I introduced this week a new theme for going forward -

“It’s About Time.”

Wise and useful spiritual work is always being present, paying attention to the now, showing up. What does it mean in this time and place to be a person of faith.

It is also time that we brought our religious doctrines and spiritual understandings in the the present era rather than allow them to languish in some pre-Copernican darkness.

The central theme of the teaching of Jesus is something he referred to as “the kingdom of God.” Sadly, the way it has been taught most people have come to think of this “kingdom” to be something one might enter after death or must strive to attain or created in this world. Jesus taught none of this. The kingdom of God is not a place we get to. It is a place we come from. The spiritual journey is one we make with Divine Presence, not to Divine Presence.

This is a very brief summary of the talk I offered in Ordinary Life this week.

You can read or download the text from which we 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 or download the audio version of the talk, use the link below.

To watch the video of the presentation, use the player below.