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On Possessing Virtue

Sunday, July 07, 2013    

   “No one uses words like ‘virtue’ anymore, Father Joe,” author Tony Hendra said to the monk who became his true father. He recorded this conversation in his memoir, Father Joe (2002). Read More

Spiritual Journaling for Healing and Growth

Wednesday, June 19, 2013    

What is “spiritual journaling?” You may have heard of it. There are even products available you can buy to learn how to do it. One reputable site that offers guidance without trying to sell you something is http://therapyinphiladelphia.com/selfhelp/tips/keeping_a_spiritual_journal/. A wise teacher and healer, Dr. Ernest F. Pecci, also a former lecturer at John F. Kennedy University here in Walnut Creek, California, provided a six step approach in his wonderful book, Guidance from Within-You can Have a Conversation With God. In teaching the new holistic discipline of Integrative Psychology, Pecci combined the results of his psychiatric treatment methodology with spiritual teachings. He connected the mental anguish and suffering of his patients to their unfulfilled spiritual needs and desires. Keeping a journal of their psychological and spiritual progress was a routine he frequently recommended to them. There are many possible ways of spiritual journaling; most people are able to evolve their own with a little outside help. Read More

Pentecost: A Jewish and Christian Shared Celebration

Friday, May 17, 2013    

   This week the two Abrahamic faiths of Judaism and Christianity celebrate the liturgical feast of Pentecost, which falls on the ancient Jewish holiday festival called the "feast of weeks" or Shavuot (Exodus 34:22; Deuteronomy 16:10). This date is called Pentecost because it takes place “fifty” days after the major Jewish festival of Passover. Shavuot is the second of the three harvest feasts. Most Christian believers know little of the significance of Pentecost, Shavuot, for the Jewish people.  Read More

It’s About the Joy That is Missing

Friday, May 03, 2013    

On Tuesday, April 16, the city of Alameda's Poet Laureate, Mary Rudge, and the Alameda Multicultural Community Center celebrated National Poetry Month with their 2013 Alameda Student Poetry Reading.  I was privileged to serve as one of the four judges for the high school entries. There were also middle school and elementary school poets submitting their best work and receiving awards. Our group had to work hard in making the right selections. For us, it was a wonderful, inspiring event.  Read More

“The Master’s Program”

Tuesday, April 02, 2013    

    “If the Christian church would only dare to espouse the Master's program, thousands of apparently indifferent youths would rush forward to enlist in such a spiritual undertaking, and they would not hesitate to go all the way through with this great adventure.” (Urantia Book, 195:10.10, pg. 2085) Read More

I First Reviewed “The Shack” in June 2009 …

Saturday, March 09, 2013    

   This is a brave and wonderfully written book by William P. Young, a graduate in Religion from Warner Pacific College, Portland OR. Although “The Shack” is a great contemporary presentation of the Trinity concept, God in three persons, it may disappoint Urantia Book (UB) readers that Mr. Young’s version still portrays Jesus as the Son in the Holy Trinity. The UB is careful to distinguish between Jesus/Michael as the Creator Son of the local universe of Nebadon, and the Eternal Son, 2nd person of the Paradise Trinity of the Central Universe of universes. I realize that it may be a long time before this UB depiction finds acceptance among world religions. Read More

What Does It Mean Spiritually to be a High Achiever?

Monday, February 25, 2013    

   “The great achievement of mortal life is the attainment of a true and understanding consecration to the eternal aims of the divine spirit who waits and works within your mind.” (Urantia Book [UB], p. 1206; 110:3.4) Read More

Lessons of Faith: Great Grandfather, Buddha, Ganesha, and Jesus

Friday, February 08, 2013    

   The Ojibwe Indians of Canada have a tradition of prophecies given by the elders known as the Seven Fires. I discovered I was a participant in these prophecies—they were an instinctive part of my being. One of the Grandfather Prophets accurately foretold what I stumbled over in my life journey: The cup of life will almost become the cup of grief. This was the stage known as the Sixth Fire in our Ojibwe “American Indian” tradition. Read More

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