Tag Archive for ‘spirituality’

Poetry, My Witness (Weekly Torah)

“This poem will be my witness,” says God to Moshe (Deut. 31:19). Here, God refers to a poem predicting future events: Israelites stray from God, find devastation, and return to a nurturing God. In what sense can a poem be a witness? Clearly, not in the way a person who experiences an event can be a witness. A poem is not a person, and not the subject of an experience. […]

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Revelation on the Railroad

Kabbalah’s key teachings encourage us to know God through creation. God is One, without limit and without end. So limitless that God is, in fact, the only being. Everything that exists is a facet of God. Everyday reality is a series of surface views of reality’s deep structure — God. Creation is simply God’s ongoing flow, God’s manifestation in the world’s forms. As we learn about those forms — nature, […]

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Hope: Spring’s Multifaith Gift

Passover, Easter, Spring: seasons of hope for Jews, Christians, and everyone in our planet’s northern hemisphere. This might be just the right week to share some reflections on hope. Recently, four local faith leaders visited the Iona Pacific Inter-Religious Centre at the Vancouver School of Theology to discuss the topic of hope. Each was asked: What spiritual resources does your tradition offer to cultivate hope in troubled times? Here are excerpts from their answers. […]

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What I Believe

Here’s a new Facebook challenge. List ten core principles of your spiritual life. Or your personal theology. Or your lived religious beliefs. Use the public language of your own religious tradition. Or the words you use when you whisper quietly to yourself. Reflect on how you think and feel today, right at this moment. Or on the commitments that have held you steady for years. Here are ten of mine, […]

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Unicorn

For perhaps the first time, I received a message in a dream. A direct message in words, that is, not an obscure image that needs creative decoding. The message said: It’s okay to want people back for different amounts of time, a day, a week, forever. It’s okay to want new people to entertain. It’s okay to try new foods. Via text message, I discussed the dream with my artist […]

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