Your Narthex or Mine?

In my humble opinion, matter is not generative. Only spirit is truly generative. Therefore form is not terribly interesting or compelling of itself. I like the term oikumene because it seems to head towards the search for what is true and living in the houses of worship of the world. I am compulsive in my dedication to knowledge of my creator. I am very broad in my willingness to taste (and possibly see) from any source where goodwill is evident.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

the biggest challenge facing our world today is the subjugation and abuse of women and girls

Jimmy Carter's new book hitting the nail on the head big time....
because something in us sees receptivity as weakness and agrees with that comb-over guy who fires people for a living when he says that 'Weakness is a provocation'.



http://www.ted.com/talks/amanda_palmer_the_art_of_asking

not succeeding at getting an image to go from internet to blog with my chromebook.  what happened to  right click and save image as?


http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/episodes/gs2him/march-25--2014---jimmy-carter

http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2014/0326/Jimmy-Carter-s-new-book-A-Call-to-Action-receives-positive-reviews

A big flashing arrow indicating the beginning and the direction of an infinitely long road.  We are all feminine in relation to God.  (from Autobiography of a Yogi).


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Ecumenical Room

Did you know that some airports have Ecumenical Rooms?  I learned this from one of Anthony Bourdain's travel shows; I think it was the Layover oriented program and I think he was laying over in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

I love Anthony Bourdain.  When I first started this blog I talked a little about Craig Ferguson and Russel Brand.  I'd noticed a somewhat mysterious similarity in the appeal they have as people who've written readable memoirs which include horrible choices, embarrassing low points, alcohol, drugs and general debauchery.  They also share an enduring longing for the good, the true and the beautiful, or so it seemed to me.  Anthony Bourdain shares some profile elements.  He is clear that he eschews nothing based on appearances alone. He judges not and accepts not judgement.  Kind of like Ferguson and Brand?  They question.  They are endlessly curious.  They want to find stuff to be enthusiastic about but don't become downcast or resentful if it doesn't work out that way.

I listened to Ted Radio Hour  this morning while I waited for a technician to come to my home to fix my wi-fi, which was suffering 'signal leakage'.  The topic was success.   During the Tony Robbins portion on 'drive', I was thinking that my drive has always been to establish and maintain a connection with, for lack of a better term, God.  Success is guaranteed since God also wants this.  (Sometimes I haven't been so clear on that last detail.)  In the next portion Angela Duckworth explored the role of grit in attaining success.  I thought how little that term applies to me.  But when I think about it in relation to these three guys, I realize there's something else that's inside of what she's identifying as 'grit'.  It's sheer buoyancy and resilience.  That I can identify with.