Thinking tonight about how vitally important religion is for so many people in this world. All of the great traditions have sheltered so many hurting and afraid people for thousands of years. This is worth remembering when we feel the (rightful) need to tear it down or take it apart in pursuit of truth, beauty, and love.

In that, I think I’m wondering if and how religion can be seen as a bed of flowers to be weeded as opposed to a few flowers to be picked out of a bed of weeds. Thoughts?

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I loved when Richard Rohr said on Pete Holmes’ podcast that the inclusion of the books of the prophets in Jewish scripture was ingenious: Even as the Jews identify as the Chosen People, a full one-third of their Bible is devoted to telling themselves how full of crap they are! Any marriage, any family, any community needs to have prompts and mechanisms like this, to enable it to find and manage the weeds so the flowers can thrive. 3/3

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