Essays & Thoughts
|What God Has Joined - One Man, One Woman?||9/19/2004||
Reflections on proposed legislation defining marriage as "one man, one woman". What is kind, good and necessary - and what is God's will?
|'Tis the Gift to be Simple||2/20/2005||
How much is enough - and how much is too much?
May we look upon our treasures and the furniture of our houses and the garments in which we array ourselves and try whether the seeds of war have any nourishment in these our possessions, or not. 18th Century Quaker John Woolman
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. - Matthew 19:24
And one more quote: More is better!!! - Spoken daily by the Great American Dream
|Speaking ONLY the Truth||3/1/2007||
Reaction to truth speaking in the context of Worship, Oaths, and Public Office.
|Making Eternal Judgements - Slavery, Sexism, Homophobia||9/22/2007||
Looking at the "obvious evil" of the past to help distinguish the evil we're doing now.
|Vote Your Values, A Spiritual Exercise||9/13/2008||
Comparing how our Federal Income Tax is spent versus how we want it to be spent can be a deep spiritual lesson. Published as a "Matter of Faith" clergy column in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram on September 13, 2008.
|From West Point to Quakerism by Mike Heller||10/22/2008||
This is an excerpt from Pendle Hill Pamphlet 389: From West Point to Quakerism, by Mike Heller, narrated by Mark Helpsmeet, with music by Mathilda Navias.
|Free From Hell||2/7/2009||
Could the God of Love create a system which condemns the majority of humanity to Hell? Universalism, i.e., the belief in Universal Salvation, says no, and I agree.
|Observance of Dead and Injured in Iraq and Afghanistan||3/19/2009||
Six years ago today, US forces commenced military operations in Iraq. Following are the names of the 93 fallen soldiers from Wisconsin, from the the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Please take a moment to honor the soldiers and the countless innocent civilians who have suffered in this conflict.
|A Cover to Match the Book: Finding the Israel in Your Jacob||8/1/2009||
After Jacob wrestled with God, he came away with a new identity and a new name - Israel. The practice of choosing a name to match your spirit and calling is mostly neglected in American mainstream society, yet it is another important opportunity for truth-telling. We think of choosing a name as the simple filling in of a legal document but the repercussions are far reaching. The family names we take and pass down are a remnant of the days when men owned their women and children and slaves - is it time to think more deliberately about the names we take and live with?
|Season of the Heart||12/17/2015||
Awakening to the birth in consciousness of the Christ spirit in us.
By Sandy McKinney, Unity Christ Center, Eau Claire