Unitarian Universalists visit my Christian church

  “We learned a lot about your faith and we greatly appreciate the discussion we had with your youth”     What a blessing to have a students, parents, and a teacher from the San Francisco First Unitarian Universalist Church (UUC) join our worship service. Not only did they witness our main service, they also participated…

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An Atheist and a Theist Blog Together about Life

San Francisco has a unique way of breeding relationships that go beyond the surface. It’s aura of parks, coffee shops, and common living spaces facilities connection and community that are life-giving to me. This reflect God’s beauty, and reflects heaven to me, even with all the brokeness in the City. And especially meaningful to me…

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Sharing love with San Francisco’s interfaith worshipping communities

On a recent Sunday morning, I took my family to church as I do most Sundays. But this Sunday was different. After our worship service, bicyclists began gathering outside my church from San Francisco’s diverse inter-faith community.  I welcomed everyone to my church and began my role of presiding over this first-ever inter-faith service on wheels.…

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Why I Give Tours of Chinatown

Telling the story of Chinatown, especially the seldom-told story of how Chinatown finds itself in God’s story, opens the heart to greater compassion, both for people who relate to Chinatown’s culture, and for those who know nothing about it besides dim sum and fortune cookies. Telling the story of Chinatown widens the conduits of our hearts…

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Letters of Recommendation: The Role of Seminary

Mid-life Forks in the Road: Just the other day, i ran into an acquiantance, a pastor friend of mine in his late 40s. He was looking for a new ministry job and shared with me that he had gone back to seminary because his professor told him that a seminary degree and a subsequent ordination…

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The Nearness of Heaven – The Awakening of my Soul

“The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is in your midst.” Lk 17:20-21 (NET) American Christianity has many myths that include… the myth that you can live your Christian life alone the myth that…

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The Four Spiritual Laws if it were written from an Eastern Perspective: Epilogue

I can’t imagine myself using the “4-Spiritual Laws from an Eastern Perspective” any time soon. And I regularly engage in dozens and dozens of spiritual conversations.  So why did I write these “4-laws from an Eastern Perspective?” if I don’t use them myself? (graphic above from http://wernermischke.org) Following are links to all four “laws”: Law 1, Law 2, Law…

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The Four Spiritual Laws if it were written from an Eastern Perspective: Law 4

“Faith involves using the imagination. The greater the faith, the greater the imagination.” – Dr. Jeffrey Garner, Pastor of San Francisco Lighthouse and adjunct Professor at Western Seminary “…whenever anyone is in extremis (going through any kind of crisis), their chances of survival are far greater when their horizons are formed of projected images from…

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