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“I’ve studied deeply in the philosophies of religion, but cheerfulness kept breaking through.” — Leonard Cohen “It all comes back to . . .appetite for fruitful activity and a high quality life.“–George Bernard Shaw      The New Buddhist Methodist …

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“Unconditional delight”  is a new “method” that I am proposing here for the New Buddhist Methodist Quaker community. Of course, “unconditional delight” is just one variation of all the other methods. And all the other methods are linked together, because …

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“What can we do to enjoy a better December?“ This was the latest question of the week for our Sunday morning men’s group, (regularly held in my front living room. The group includes at least one atheist, several agnostics and …

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I would suggest for most of us we keep our money lives more private than either sex or religion. We also keep our sex lives private, of course and our religious understanding is shared mostly with family and fellow travelers. …

Every Home a Sanctuary Home

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The Quakers sent me a neat poster this week with the words, “Sanctuary Everywhere.” Made me think I wanted to hang it in my window. Our local Unitarian Church recently offered sanctuary to a local woman – from Peru—whose application …

 

Al Franken, Ex-Giant of the Senate, by Al Franken

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Obviously, this old post, written before Franken resigned,  needs to be updated. But folks should read the book, maybe especially just now, to see what we have lost. This is a man of deep integrity, or so it seems from …

 

More Sandals on the Ground: Buddhist Methodist Solutions in Afghanistan

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“An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.”—Thomas Paine   I admit that for me, to pray for our Minority President and his generals and their approach to Afghanistan– —to meditate such that I can think …

 

10 Stocks I Own

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Even Buddhists and Methodists– not to mentioon artists–need to pay the utility bill and put gas in the car. How do we do that?  Wishing to live in a more open society, it recently struck me that we all keep …

 

One Word Prayer: Part 4: Light

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Let’s admit that our culture is basically atheistic, even though a recent Gallop survey found that 89% of Americans say they believe in God.  Another poll estimated believers at 79%, with 10% saying they don’t know. Still, it seems to …

 

Even if You’re Atheist or Agnostic…

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I recently posted a review on Amazon of  Pilgrimage, My  Search for the Real Pope Francis, by Mark Shriver.  I thought it was a great book.  Here’s my review, so you don’t have to go to amazon if you don’t …