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May peace like a river attend to my soul today.

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Tiny blue flowers quietly declaring that hope is real, winter ends, new seasons begin.

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Recent self portrait.

I needed to mark the reality of being in between. Exiting one space, not quite entering another.

I don’t know if this will connect with anyone but I thought I’d share it.

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@andy12 @Rachael
Yeah, I look at it as a weird game of metaphysical telephone. Our intent goes through our filter to become our actions, our actions go through a societal filter to become what they receive, and what they receive goes through their filter to become what they experience. There can be a breakdown anywhere in there even when everyone is trying.

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@Rachael This reminds me of the Platinum Rule: Do unto others as they would have you do unto them.

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Been thinking about love lately, specifically as it relates to the idea of "impact always trumps intent." I could claim I'm acting or speaking out of love, but if my actions or words aren't received as love, well then they aren't actually loving are they.

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@Rachael Coming from a place of nondualism, I can see how this can be powerfully true and yet in some ways also not true. I think that as much as we should consider our words' and actions' impact, on the other side we should also be loving enough to receive well-intentioned action/words and understand their intentions were good. In other words, maybe this statement is wonderfully true and important on the giving end, but not something to promote if we're on the other end? Am I making sense?

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Rewriting the story - a tribute to Richard Rohr's Universal Christ 

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Meetings today at first nations offices. I am humbled by their open hearted welcome to my empty headed questions. I want to know more and settler culture has little interest in their stories or perspectives. About time we start trying to address that.

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@JarettBonner That was very powerful and brave of you, and I guarantee your brother needed to hear that from you.

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I started going to therapy recently. It's been so so fucking good. Because of it, I wound up discussing the 10 year old event where my brother came out to my parents and he was threatened with physical violence and forced back into the closet. We've never talked about it. Ever. I called him, with a heavy heart and told him that I love him and that his sexuality is beautiful. We cried so hard that night. So many walls were torn down and so much peace was restored. I am thankful for restoration.

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It’s funny, my wife and I don’t pray or read the Bible or attend church for going on six years now, but we DO still hold hands and now our heads and say a short word of thanks before meals. It’s a practice of gratitude and it still feels right somehow.

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@joeld I still pray with my kids every night. The same prayer I prayed when I was a fundie-esque missionary. It does just “feel right”

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@jordanmathis our 5yo girl just started saying nighttime prayers, largely self-directed (though likely influenced by her Lutheran pre-K). Her prayers are all improvised by her and consist wholly of thanks for this or that. It has been delightful to see her really latch on to gratitude.

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coming out update, family response 

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@anna_barnett It's just... I like it conceptually... And if I could have a quiet beach with a shady tree (whose shade stays in the same place), and could make it without sand getting stuck to me, I would love it. But no beach like that exists.

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“Now, you don’t have to believe that, but I find it very helpful.” Richard Rohr, - also the summation of the only type of religion I have space for in my broken-open heart rn 🙏🏻

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‪Heaven and Hell are not locations in the future, but options in the present!‬

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Hi I want an all female episode of the liturgists talking about internalized misogyny, instituitionalized misogyny, and misogynistic teachings in the church (body shame, sexual shame, male gaze, modesty)

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