Finding Peace, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Finding Peace, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

It feels like as an elder in this community, I am being called upon to hold on even more tightly to the inner unity I have already found, rather than convincing others that I am right politically and socially.
 
It is disturbing to me to experience the violence and meanness that is so prevalent in the political world.  I don’t understand the divisiveness of racism, sexism, xenophobia etc.

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Lenten Tradition, by Stephanie Shockley, MA

Lenten Tradition, by Stephanie Shockley, MA

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season in the christian faith. During the 40 days ending on Easter Sunday, we are asked to reflect upon our relationship with God by fasting or sacrificing something important in our lives. In the past, I have chosen to give up food or drink I love and this year I am deleting social media from all my electronic devices. In addition, I am adding an act of service to my daily routine in the hopes of enhancing the life of someone in need who makes sacrifices every day.

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The Kingdom of God, by guest blogger Gail Cooney

Tonight at my bible study group, we were talking about worship. One of the qualities of worship that I identify with is an awareness of God's presence in my life.  I started thinking about the way Jesus talks of the Kingdom of God as something we experience on earth, not just something known after our death.  It feels like a parallel universe and we strive to be aware of it and live both at the same time.

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Finding God, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Finding God, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

I often feared drowning in a flood as a child because we lived near the river.  It was a conclusion I came to all by my nine-year-old self that I never checked out with the many adults in my life.

My father worked two jobs and was very seldom home.  He seemed very far away and unavailable.  But somehow I created the fantasy that since he was in the Navy; he could swim and would save us if and when the flood came.  I remember falling soundly back to sleep in this far away fantasy of this non-present rescuer.

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Finding Zen, by Laurette Yund, BSN, MHS

Finding Zen, by Laurette Yund, BSN, MHS

The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.

                                                   - Robert M. Pirsig            

I have been a seeker since early childhood.  I grew up in a strict Catholic home and was  ecstatic when introduced as a young teenager to Eastern philosophy and other non-Christian ideas – what an eye opener!

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