Tag Archive for ‘Quaker’

FirstDay Sermon: Your Faith Makes You Worthy

Let’s just establish this: you don’t have to call yourself Christian to follow SexyJesus, or know that he’s worth his salt. SexyJesus is real, the kingpin guru yoga leader, and he downloaded and lived in what was true about life and the world, and his message was to spread that truth as widely as possible, and following him or believing in him or asking him for help has nothing to […]

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Getting Clear on Direction

I met a man on my birthday who owned a coffee shop, and we quickly began talking about what mattered in life.  I had just come back from a conference to develop grand plans, and I was thinking about what it meant to be 40, and what the next stage of my life was going to be like. I had all kinds of questions tumbling through my mind about the […]

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Your Mistakes Unlock Your Truths

Sometimes what we think of as mistakes are really the most foundational and transformative events of our lives. The problem is that we have an expectation of how something will go, and when the actual events don’t subscribe to that expectation, we call it out of line. We think we fucked up, we did wrong. The problem is not in the event but in the expectation. And so much of […]

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Awake or Asleep?

I’ve always had so many questions. When I was in first grade in a city Catholic school, for instance, and a nun started teaching us about Adam and Eve, I raised my hand and asked how all the people in the world could possibly be made from just two people. Especially if incest was wrong. (Though I doubt that’s how I phrased it.) The nun told me to go back […]

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Trusting Again

What do you do when someone is not who you thought they were? How can you ever trust another person again, or trust yourself? Years ago, I had a spiritual job I loved, something I felt called to do. It inspired and enlivened me, gave me a sense of passion and purpose I had never had before. But then the man who gave me the job, who was also my […]

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