At age 37, when neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke that silenced her left brain, she found bliss and abiding peace in her right brain. Her 8 year “Hero’s journey” back to whole brain functioning taught her to “team huddle” the 4 major brain functions to consciously choose a better more spiritual life. Dr. Taylor’s 2021 book teaches us how.… more
Today we honor beauty, human uniqueness, diversity and community.
Please bring flower beings from your yard or the roadside to share.… more
In Frank Baum’s Oz novels, all visitors and residents of the walled Emerald City are fitted with comfortable and absolutely mandatory green glasses. Eventually they forget they are seeing the world with a green tint. What lenses might you and I be wearing unawares?… more
For those of us who have survived the suicide of a loved one, or considered ending our own lives. This is a Zoom-only service.… more
Have you ever been absolutely certain you were right and then found out you were wrong? I have!! Beyond being embarrassed, sometimes I have hurt people with the consequences of my certainty. In my late sixties, I am trying to practice what American philosopher/poet/farmer Wendell Berry calls “The Way of Ignorance.”… more
We are sending our beautiful “Five Stones with Chalice Rising” quilt to The Mountain Retreat Center, where it will have a new home. This Thanksgiving Sunday, please join us as we celebrate this eternal process of creation, joy and giving away what we cherish.
Professor Pruitt makes this promise every year to the
hundreds of Harvard students enrolled in his course on
ancient Chinese philosophy–the third most popular
course at that university, after introductory economics
and computer science. According to co-author Christine
Gross-Loh in their best-selling book, THE PATH,
these Chinese thinkers and teachers, “offer a fresh
How may we practice “the fragile art of hospitality” even as we “hold the whole world in our hands”? (Quoted From William Shultz, past president UUA, past director Amnesty International, current director UUSC.)… more
Medical studies show practicing compassion improves immunity and blood flow in our physical hearts, while resentment and depression reverse these positive affects, crimping blood flow and making us more vulnerable to infection. We invite you to consider a compassion practice as one of your resolutions for 2018. (Suggestions provided!)