Tag: church


Ecclesial Epistemic Humility


It is dangerous, in the Church, not to fall in line, or as some say “drink the kool-aid” ( a tasteless reference to cult leadership.) Today, on the nightly news, there is much being discussed about what is proven or not proven or disproven by science. This is an old...

I wish I had known


I wish I had known. A poem’s preamble:   I wonder if the women becoming bishops and Politicians are not simply Climbing the ladder of Patriarchy by becoming Patriarchs?   I wonder if the cowardly leadership Of a dominating Patriarch is taking Rather longer to die that we originally Thought....

A meditation on Eve


This is a bowl of apples from the tree by my home.  I picked them today for a pie I plan to bake and for my lunch with cheddar cheese and a loaf of hot bread and some chutney. Apples are a complicated fruit in the Bible. The official apple story in the...

Isaiah’s Six 


We are Seraphim.  We take the form of fire. Our wings are of fire. Six of them each, we have in the sixth chapter. Two fire-wings cover our faces, two, our private parts, and with two, we fly.   With massive wings of fire, we fly. Our six wings are...

An Open Letter to a Shepherd I know


Dear Jesus; It is time for me to apologize.  Not confess, or repent or prostrate.  Just apologize. I am sorry that I have participated in so many lies about you.  I am sorry that I wore special clothes and big crosses and a habit so as to appear holy.  I...

My whale was a cat. My log was a tree. My church was a culture.


Unable to cope with any more news from devices about the virus careening around our plant, I went for a walk in one of Whidbey Island’s old-growth forests.  My spiritual director had suggested it.  She says I just get sullen and unpleasant when I read theodicy produced by religion -...

hospitality and the abdomen


The human abdomen can be so lovely.  The Crucifixion Bas Relief, Clay with wax resist. April 13, 2019. Preparation for Good Friday firing. Charles LaFond, Potter We, each of us, have a human body.  We can all agree to begin there. It may be young or old, sick or well,...

placenta


“There is something in the soul which is only God….The seed of God within us. If the seed had a good wise and industrious cultivator, it would thrive and grow up into God.  Now the seed of a pear tree grows into a pear tree…the seed of God into God....

Busy: how it kills and how to recover from it


“Hello.  My name is Charles and I have a work-addiction.” “Hello Charles.” That is how the work-addiction meetings begin. But I don’t really like the term “work-addiction” because it does not adequately tell the whole story of the addiction nor of the addict.   I prefer “busy-addiction.”  It titles and...

…and…


This is Kai-the dog.  He goes with me wherever I go and challenges with his very being this idea of an angry, domesticated God we seek to describe.  Kai-the-dog has accompanied me for 12 years.  Every night he licks my forehead before going to sleep and every morning he waits...