with or without god goes uk

August 21st, 2014

Speaking at Burlington Baptist Church

It’s been two years in the making and the dates are drawing near but the question still needs to be asked. Are there enough people in the United Kingdom that care about religion or what’s becoming of Christianity for me to bother heading over there to speak about innovations in the practice of church? Even if those innovations share the concept of a church with or without god at its heart? We’ve yet to see.

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beyond that threshold

July 6th, 2014

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.
You –
with your endless supply of confidence
and your pockets full of easy answers –
you make it look easy,
inviting even.
But I know too well
what lies in wait beyond that threshold
and I no longer want
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canada day letter to john baird

July 1st, 2014

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…

what I said … progressive christianity

May 29th, 2014

 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

 

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do you care?

May 29th, 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…

halo of loveliness

May 17th, 2014

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
between us,
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Fair Elections Act – A Letter to Canadian Senators

May 17th, 2014

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.

Dear Senator,

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…

pursuit

May 11th, 2014

Knotted rainbow streamers fly out of the foot of West Hill’s cross.

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…

Kaleidoscope

April 27th, 2014

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…

prostitution – yes? no?

April 2nd, 2014

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…