If it weren’t for what you’ve put out there,
left crouched behind the open door,
waiting to pounce in the instant I come through,
I’d be as happy to head in there
as you think I should be.
with your endless supply of confidence
and your pockets full of easy answers –
you make it look easy,
But I know too well
what lies in wait beyond that threshold
and I no longer want
After reading a pair of articles sent to me by a West Hill member living in Taiwan, one on LGBTQ rights and the infiltration of Christian fundamentalist hysteria into that otherwise tolerant nation and the other on the inclusion of Taiwan on a list of countries deemed “unwelcome” at Canada Day festivities, I decided Canada Day was a great day to send letters to parliamentarians. So this went off with copies to the leaders of the NDP and Liberal parties and their Foreign… Continue Reading…
On a progressive pursuit, in whatever discipline, there must always be the risk of raising one’s consciousness beyond where it had previously been. But a raised consciousness cannot be forced back to what it once was; you move forward on such a journey, not backward. Facebook post, Skeptimergent, May 28 2014
When you exhort your congregation each and every week to ponder the word love and live according to its principles, you risk boring them to tears. At least when preaching from the Bible, you have over a thousand chapters to choose from and, if you’re liberal, are pretty much free to interpret them any way you want. From gardening to leadership to vegetarian cooking, you can almost always come up with something interesting to expound upon.
Still, I’m betting that addressing… Continue Reading…
Heading into week two of discussions on our VisionWorks document. This section deals with our intereconnectedness with all life so my focused moment turned toward visualizing what that might look like.
Into and through,
over and about,
within and beyond,
above and below –
we live and move and have our being
circumscribed by an exquisite web of reality.
The space you inhabit,
the place I mark,
the invisible everything
that fills the space
both holding us… Continue Reading…
Based on a letter offered by the Council of Canadians, I chose to go personal and tell Canadian Senators that my son deserves to vote. Here’s my letter. You can send one, too. by visiting the Council of Canadian’s Fair Elections Act webpage.
I am so proud of my son. He is graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design this year and has already received incredible support and encouragement for the work… Continue Reading…
VisionWorks, the document that guides everything we do at West Hill, is up for review. Embraced by the congregation in 2004, we are determined to review and, if necessary, revise it every five years. We did it in 2009 and we’re doing it again this year.
Each Sunday over the next six weeks, we’ll look at a specific section of it and then, during the week, get together… Continue Reading…
This evening begins the Jewish day of remembrance for Holocaust martyrs and heroes, Yom HaShoah. It should be a day for us all. Or, rather, there should be a day for all of us to remember all who have suffered and died as the result of religious persecution. Or racial persecution. Or because of their gender or gender identity. Or their sexuality. Or …. The list goes on. We are the most creative species ever to have developed a reason to… Continue Reading…
The Culture Clash this week brought Charles and I together on a topic that is likely as divisive today as it has been for a thousands of years. Oh, except whenever religion used it as part of their ritual – prostitution.
Charles’ position is a widely lauded one: prostitution is exclusively about forcing unwilling women into the sex trade. Mine was a bit more nuanced, finding ways to regulate and improve protections for women (and children!) and to remove the stigma… Continue Reading…
Without language, we would have a very hard time understanding our world. Some theories about the development of language assume that the development of rational thought is dependent upon language. Others believe it is the reverse of that. Whichever, the reality is that having learned language within contexts that ever vary from person to person, our ability to explain ourselves is limited if we explore anything beyond the most simple of things. Describing ideas or… Continue Reading…