From the Divine to the Digital

I was chatting with a friend at one point, and he said something like "so you're paying more attention to the Divine than the digital." I kinda like that. Anyway, this post, in a rare moment these days, is about the digital.

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My newest metaphor

I am a fan of metaphors. I think I got to really appreciate them as I learned to use them in teaching. They also became pretty valuable to me in understanding my own internal processes.

I have a new one, one I really enjoy.

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We've got to do better than this

I've been recouperating from a nasty cold (I'm still kinda sick) so you haven't seen many posts from me lately. I have come across a few things that are somehow tied together in my mind, and point to the ways in which religion can bring out the worst in us, even as all religious traditions seems to be about bringing out the best in us.

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"Where were we?" and where are we?

I was reading the transcript of an interview given by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, of Harry Belefonte, who was, at the last moment, disinvited from speaking at the funeral of Coretta Scott King. I think for a lot of people, where the funeral was, and the way in which it happened, wasn't something that sat well with them, particularly that Bush was at the funeral, and spoke. There are some pretty interesting comments he makes in the interview:

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Christian Koans

One of the really cool things, in my mind, about being both religiously pluralistic in perspective, as well as intensely interested in contemplative practice and mystical thought, is that you get to think about how practices and concepts from outside one's own religious tradition can positively impact one's own spiritual practice and journey.

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Communities of Spiritual Practice

I had a great conversation with a friend over cooking dinner last night, about communities of practice, and how much of a difference that makes in terms of one's life, and one's own spiritual practice. She's someone who practices in Thich Nhat Hanh's tradition.

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Search Terms

One of the things I like to do is collect the search terms that people use to find my blog. Sometimes they are not at all surprising (like people who are searching for me, or they might know that my blog name is 'pearlbear' and they are searching for that. Other things are much more surprising.

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Procrastination

I'm supposed to be writing 2 papers and studying. But at the moment, I'm procrastinating. I think I've said, my favorite form of procrastination is blogging. My second favorite form of procrastination is futzing with my iTunes library. Well, they've finally come together.

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Holiness Manifesto

I got a heads up from Ethics Daily, a Baptist (not Southern) news source, about a group of denominations that have been meeting for a while, and have come up with a new Holiness Manifesto. Why this was interesting to me was because, in my previous life as a fundamentalist, I belonged to two holiness denominations, the Nazarenes, and the Christian and Missionary Alliance. The Salvation Army, by the way, is in this group.

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