Courtney Martin – Wrap up the Year with Seven Reflection Questions

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Courtney Martin is a columnist with On Being

Please take some settled quiet time one of these days, before the end of the year and try to respond these seven questions. It may do some good to you. They are serious ones, so, prepare for a rough ride. Here are the questions:

1. What was one of the moments I was most proud of this year? What does that tell me about what I want to spend my energy/time/money on next year?

2. Who really enriched my life this year in a big way? Who is someone I am wanting to get to know better in the year ahead?

3. It was a year of resistance for many people. What did I resist most effectively? What did I surrender to? Continue reading “Courtney Martin – Wrap up the Year with Seven Reflection Questions”

Joanna Macy – A Wild Love For the World


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Joanna Macy is a philosopher of ecology and a scholar of Buddhism. Her translations include Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God and A Year with Rilke. She is the author of Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy.

This is the latest interview that Krista Tippett made for her American public radio programme On Being.

Ypu can find HERE the audion programme and HERE the transcript of this interview.

And because the topic of the programme is the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, here is one of his poems found on the On Being site. Continue reading “Joanna Macy – A Wild Love For the World”

Parker J Palmer – Memo to Myself: Avoid Domesticating Our Prophets

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I once heard a politician who calls himself a Christian say, in effect, “While Jesus encouraged personal acts of compassion for the poor, it doesn’t follow that he wants us to use other people’s money [i.e., tax revenues] to put an economic safety net under the poor. That’s compassion on the cheap.”

I disagree with that politician on so many counts I can’t enumerate them right now. Instead, I’ll put a slight spin on a line from Anne Lamott:

“You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God agrees with your tax policy.”

Continue reading “Parker J Palmer – Memo to Myself: Avoid Domesticating Our Prophets”