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Presiding Bishop, Universal Episcopal Church

FRUSTRATION!

FRUSTRATION!

I had everything ready to go for an episode of “The Secrets In Plain Sight”, and suddenly the mixer quit on me! A new one is on order, and so help me, that episode is going to be out as soon as I can put it out! I think folks will see what I am suggesting when they hear it.

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October 7, 2017 – We Need To Hate Hate!

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Hate distracts, and sometimes throws us off-schedule. Yet again, someone accused me of hate, when the truth is that I only hate hate. And so, something about a special blessing dating back to our most ancient ancestors and available at your fingertips today will have to be next week.

It is a proven fact that hate is wasteful. Even ignoring the actions of nations and looking at small communities, how much is lost because of refused service, substandard service, ignored employment applications and the like where someone uses hate as an excuse to ignore opportunity? And, of course, never forget the fact that the “geek” you tormented in school might become your commanding officer or the person reading your resume.

Education at the national and community level is not the entire answer. We must be able to reach the consciousness of each individual.

Blessed Be!

PS: I might have gotten the date wrong on the audio, don’t let that get in the way of the message!

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September 30, 2017 – Smart Protesting!

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Protests have been a part of our lives almost since the invention of the opinion. But to be effective, the nature of the protest must be expressed in a way that those seeing the protest will understand.

The first protest which I personally instigated was intentionally subtle, but those who recognized what was going on needed only a once-sentence justification to understand and know that they could not really disagree with an obvious point.

One current form of protest seems to be causing some controversy, even though it involves some symbolism which most adults and older children should be able to understand.

Blessed Be!

 

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September 29, 2017 – Glastonbury’s Clues – In A Very Different Pastor’s Study

We’re Back! And hopefully, we’ll have some stuff for you to get excited about!

One of my first impressions when I began studying theology and things spiritual was that it was hard to fathom disagreements and supposed incompatibilities between spiritual paths. When I took a closer look at Glastonbury, I found that my suppositions might not be that far off. And there is so much to learn!

September 23, 2017 – Religion Vs The State!

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People talk about “church and state”, but there are much more than churches involved. And, it is an issue that has been there since the first existence of organized religion within the borders of a secular state. But, it got more complicated.

Complications began when people tried to follow the same religion in different places which had their own histories, traditions and cultures. And that was only the beginning! How much authority did the state have over religion, and vice versa? At one time, people identified as clergy could only be tried in church courts, and held in church prisons.

Matters become even more complicated in modern times when religions and cultures mix together in many places worldwide.

Blessed Be!

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September 16, 2017 – Don’t Let Your Ancestors Down!

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The history of a people can be conspicuous either by its overabundance or its absence. We know only too well how history can be embellished, especially when there are significant characters such as Moses, Jesus, George Washington or Elvis. But then there are those which seem to “disappear,” either because an oral tradition never got written down, or the influence of a conqueror to ignore it and perhaps replace it with their own.

There is much to be discovered, and some of the results can be amazing! Put them together, and your ancestors will no longer to appear to be living in trees until Rome “rescued” them. And the learning can give us much that we can value and cherish!

Blessed Be!

 

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September 9, 2017 – Are You A Real One?

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From time to time, I’ve heard of some person being described as “a real one”. At the same time, we see people every day who claim to be one thing or another, or act as if they were. Whether you are talking about a security guard who acts as if they were a police officer, an “open carry” advocate dressed and armed as if he or she were a soldier, or someone preaching their religion, the question is the same: “Is that person a real one?”

Real ones can be identified by certain characteristics. Those who are not often share similar shortcomings. And there is also something that all “Real Ones” have in common in the process which forms them.

Blessed Be!

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