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Carl Gregg
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Husband, Pastor, Spiritual Director, Triathlete, Vegetarian, Ultimate Frisbee Maven
Husband, Pastor, Spiritual Director, Triathlete, Vegetarian, Ultimate Frisbee Maven

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Reflections on David Lynch's #TwinPeaks, Jung's "Collective Unconscious," and the dreams/synchronicites in between:

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More on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s first and best teacher. When a man proceeded to hijack the conversation and pontificate about moral relativism in a way such that neither Bronson Alcott nor Henry David Thoreau could mitigate, Mary Moody #Emerson intervened. Here's a description of what ensued, as recorded by the journalist Franklin Sanborn, who was also part of Transcendentalist circles:

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Ralph Waldo Emerson’s writings about self-reliance “forgot to mention that he depended daily upon his wife, his mother, three servants, and a gardener. A full generation before Waldo’s early manifestos, Mary’s Almanack was claiming a life of solitude and an experience of God through nature and the imagination. Her letters then formed the matrix of his thought, both early in life and through the years of his landmark literary utterance.” Read more: 

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Gnosticism—both ancient and modern—is an invitation to question secondhand religious traditions that have been handed down to you. It is a challenge to test religious claims in the crucible of your own firsthand experiences, critically examined. What do you know to be true because you have experienced it for yourself?:

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Prior to the 1945 discovery of Gnostic texts near Nag Hammadi, Egypt, we only had the "Fox News version" of Gnosticism. A Gnostic orientation to spirituality is about transcending conventional conceptions through ritualized, firsthand spiritual experiences of union with the Sacred, the Holy, the numinous—beyond ideas about “God.” Read the rest: 

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“A few weeks before I was scheduled to co-lead a retreat on Call & Accountability for nearby UU ministers, news began breaking of a series of resignations in the upper levels of UUA leadership in response to a controversy around diversity in hiring practices. In discussing difficult topics, how might we move from ‘safe space’ to ‘brave space,’ from defensiveness to curiosity, and from discomfort to commitment.” Read the read: 

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Thousands are gathering for protests like the #ClimateMarch as a reminder that we do not have to figure out the way forward alone. In the words of Kathleen Moore, “What can one person do? Stop being one person.” But I don’t want to end there. Rather, I want to offer you a practice to help ground our ongoing work for justice. The goal is to cultivate a felt experience of what the Unitarian Universalist Seventh Principle calls “the interdependent web of all existence.” Read the rest:

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The proposed new term Anthropocene (similar to “anthropology”) could highlight the way we humans may have created a new geologic time period in which we are the dominant force shaping this planet. Ironically, however, that term may continue to center humanity in an unhelpful and inaccurate way. As scientists have noted, “We don’t name a new era after the destructive force that ended the era that came before. [We] didn’t name the time of the dinosaurs the Asteroidic, even if an asteroid is suspected of having ended the Cretaceous Period…. The period after the Permian isn’t the Super Volcanic….” Read the rest:

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