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Intersect 4-2-18

Intersect 4-2-18

Monday Meditation God of Gentle Encouragement, reveal the power of peace within, around and through, me, our world, and you. Make me, us; make us, we; all love fulfilled. Give us an unquenchable thirst for reasonable minds and compassionate actions. Fill us with the awareness of Universal Unity that leads us to dis-integrate reality’s lies of fear and…

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The Embrace

The Embrace

The Embrace Last week we talked about Jesus’ radical idea of the kingdom of heaven. Jesus envisioned a world where all nationalities, ethnicities, genders, and social statuses delighted in each other’s diversity by recognizing each other’s inherent divinity. This recognition of individual divine worth, ultimately, leads to the creation of entirely new societies. Jesus calls…

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The Care and Feeding of Dangerous Ideas

The Care and Feeding of Dangerous Ideas

In  a fabulous GE commercial found here, the narrator says, “Ideas are the natural enemy of the way things are.” Ideas exist to create change, to upset the accepted wisdom. Ideas move the entire species forward. From stone tools to iron horses, innovation displaces and disrupts the status quo. New, especially radical, thinking is often…

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Spiritual Exile

Spiritual Exile

JEREMIAH 29:13-14 When you search for me, yes, search for me with all your heart, you will find me. I will be present for you, declares the Lord, and I will end your captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have scattered you, and I will bring you home…

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A Prayer for the New Year

A Prayer for the New Year

A Prayer for the New Year God of mystery and majesty, clear our clouded minds and show us you are here, among us and within us. You are we and we are you. Reveal yourself everywhere, in everyone! Show us the cosmic multitudes of our being reflecting your grace to and through us. Pull the…

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Esoteric Jesus

Esoteric Jesus

Welcome to Esoteric Advent! This season, we’re exploring the mystical side of Jesus, both his teachings and his birth story. To do so, we’re using many of the texts found at Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in the 1940s. These nearly-lost Coptic papyri are from a number of different Gnostic schools, all of them focused on esoteric…

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The Scarcity of Community

The Scarcity of Community

The Scarcity of Community As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, many of our tables overflowing with more delectable dishes than we could consume in a lifetime, I’d like to present, well, some food for thought. We waste a staggering amount of the planet’s natural resources, especially food. Countries like the U.S. and Great Britain…

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Hope’s Path

Hope’s Path

Eleven-year-old Hope flew down the brownstone stairs and bounced outside, the formidable wooden front doors slamming closed behind her like the resounding retort of a canon. The crashing of the doors echoed off the graffiti-and-ivy covered walls of her little Roosevelt Park neighborhood. A few tourists ducked. Locals didn’t flinch. They were used to this…

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