A hidden rage

August 1, 2016 (Kampala): August: this will be a highly significant month for us, one way or another. Either we'll make it back to Tallahassee after a whirlwind of frenetic activity, or we will be stuck here scratching our proverbial heads. I'm ringing in the New Month with my first Thomas Berry book, The Great …

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Heaven on earth

July 29, 2016 (Kampala): A thought keeps coming back to me - that the Cosmos already contains the raw materials needed for 'Heaven'. The religious conception of heaven never appealed to me. Golden streets and perpetual hymn-singing? No thanks. What does appeal to me, however, is everything about this world, this planet, this life...without the obvious downsides …

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Anabaptist spirit

July 25, 2016 (Kampala): I've started reading John Roth's Stories: How the Mennonites Came to Be and am really excited about it. I want to see if I can continue to claim an Anabaptist identity by interpreting their 16th century beliefs and ideals in the context I find myself in today. I want to see …

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Cosmic sexuality

Today one of my sisters-in-law is expected to give birth to her first child. I'll write this post in honor of that momentous event. Yesterday I watched videos by Teal Swan on the psychological split within women and men. Her words seeded my mind, and this post is a birth of verbal expression. Sexuality isn't …

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Body of God

July 19, 2016 (Kampala): I've started reading Sallie McFague's book The Body of God: An Ecological Theology...It's an amazing book; I keep asking myself why I waited so long to read it! She is presenting an 'organic' model of God-in-the-World, a theological cosmology that centers on bodies and embodiment. She's preaching to the choir as …

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The Keymaker

July 13, 2016 (Kampala): Reading Bellah's book on the evolution of religion has my mind swirling. He's discussing the appearance first of mimetic culture among our ancestors, followed by mythic culture and the 'drive for conceptual clarification' which may have, in part, fueled the emergence of fully human language. The connections being made in my …

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Perspicacity in pain

The following journal entry from Uganda on June 26, 2016, recounts an episode I had of severe gut pain. In retrospect, the experience makes three things clear: 1) after years of high chronic stress, my immune system was weak and my resultant bouts of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) were getting more frequent and more severe, …

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Cosmic properties

May 25, 2016 (Kampala): The beliefs and experiences we assume to be the province of Christianity do not, in fact, belong to Christianity alone: The inspiration of texts that we attribute solely to the Bible is not a property of the Bible alone. It is a property of the Cosmos. The joy, peace, hope, and …

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Other men’s wives

April 25, 2016 (Kampala): I'm reading a book about Christians' ambivalence toward their bodies and their embodied existence. One test-case for me is my high level of uncertainty about hugging other men's wives in greeting. Take Jessica and Cindy, for example. I find them both fun and attractive, physically and otherwise. I like to talk …

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Like a tree

April 22, 2016 (Kampala): Yesterday, on my walk, I was greeting people along the way. Near the bottom of the hill, three motley-looking teenage boys crossed the road so they could meet me head on. I imagine my psychic shields started to go up at that moment. They accosted me with a bunch of aggressive …

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