This post is the transcript to a sermon given on July 19, 2020 to the First Unitarian Church of Hobart at the request of friend, John Halstead. He read the previous post and asked me to participate in their Sunday service with a similar idea. Much was rewritten from the original, including the “future myth” […]Read more "Making Peace with Extinction, Part Two"
I am interested in how to transmit this story in a way that achieves the ultimate goal of all storytelling: to restore a wider, more adaptive perspective for those who adopt it. In that hope, I make this humble offering.Read more "Making Peace with Extinction"
When do we chose ourselves? When do we find “that quiet place still inside” us and ask how to continue the quest?Read more "Choosing Yourself"
Our (oft pagan) ancestors knew how to return to death, to lift its veil of mystery, and reveal the bone-truth of Nature.Read more "What We Find in Death"
As we witness the world’s passing, the death rites must be once again performed.Read more "Mourning World Loss"
Feels like ever since John Halstead wrote his two part posts about facing the climate crisis as pagans and accepting death, I have been thinking about little else. The premise–that it’s already too late and we should find graceful, humane ways of passing on to wisdom and insight–was not an easy pill to swallow for […]Read more "Dying to Live Again"
After a couple of days of teaching the science of climate change to my 6th graders, I found myself wistful for a different message. In between the sanitized lessons, it was impossible to hide my perspective, boiled down to a single idea: lost hope. They, more than I, will live in a mad world of […]Read more "Living in the Anthropocene"
During it’s slow climb to becoming the state religion of the Roman Empire, Christianity was forced to step into many of the roles abandoned by a collapsing imperial system. It gave shelter, food, and care to the destitute; it offered a gospel of redemption and salvation to citizens overwhelmed with the existential threat of a […]Read more "Gaining Relevance"
This isn’t an apology. An apology would be useless now if I do not also act to repay what is owed, or in some small measure make amends. This isn’t an indulgent confession. I do not expect forgiveness for the sins of my forebears, or how the massacre of the Americas granted me these many […]Read more "Carrying Ancestral Guilt"
The natural disasters we see today scouring the land are the heralds of a New World, cast in the howling winds and flames of the Old World’s ruin. Below the surface, hidden in the parched and sickened soil, the invisible neighbors that ensure the rot and rebirth of life wither and falter. The cycle breaks. […]Read more "Howling, Burning Spirit"