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Blessing for a Pastoral Care Program

The blessing for this work is inspired by the poem, Kindness, by Naomi Shihab Nye: Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What … Continue reading

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New Title for Blog

Dear Reader, You might have noticed — or not —  that when you typed in “irrevspeckay” to come to my blog, and you hit the return key — or when you clicked on the link delivered to your inbox —  … Continue reading

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A Lamentation to Shatter Appalling Silence: #CharlestonShooting

This is the strange and discomfiting mix of these few hours before I find sleep. There is the everyday sensibility – I still had to floss my teeth – and the incomprehensible element keeping me awake – some white man … Continue reading

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Memorial Day 2015: Peace Pagoda

More often than not, I end up spending some part of Memorial Day weekend at the New England Peace Pagoda. It started as a way to hangout with a dear friend and then turned into an irregular habit and I … Continue reading

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Entering Into Meditation

A few days ago we received an orientation to Burmese Vipassana meditation from Pyae U Kyi Win, who is the meditation director at the center where we are just about to spend three days. It is associated with the Chanmyay … Continue reading

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Interdependent Web Writ Global: Myanmar-Style

About a month ago, I attended a lecture by interfaith community organizer and personal hero of mine, Eboo Patel. He’s the founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, which started in Chicago and has gone world-wide, bringing young people – first … Continue reading

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Breakfast in Burma or Books for Babes

We are staying at the Myanmar Life Hotel for the first week of our trip. We are told that it is the only hotel with a swimming pool, of which we took advantage this afternoon after our first full day. … Continue reading

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Whatever Happens, Don't Be Afraid: Our Bodies are Impermanent

Last Saturday, I was given a task to carry a box of overripe bananas from one location to another close by. I acquired a cart with wheels to transport it down the hallway of the church basement where the soup … Continue reading

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2014. If it were a … Continue reading

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A Call to Increase the Number of Wise Persons on Christmas Eve

Tonight, as part of the adult Christmas Eve service, I will be reading Rev. Mark Belletini’s take on the birth of baby Jesus. By the time I read it, it will be the forth version in which I have played … Continue reading

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