Monthly Archives: January 2012
I spent most of this month preparing for an intensive “J-term” course that I took last week at Meadville Lombard Theological School. The course was entitled, Ethical Wisdom: A Comparative Study of Buddhist, Native American, African American and Humanist Traditions taught by Meadville’s provost Sharon Welch. Truly, this course was transformational for all of us that gathered for the five days of sharing, discussing, reflecting, and journeying together through the world of postcolonial theory and the intersections of oppression and alternative moral and spiritual systems of ethics.
After the week ended, I was overwhelmed by the extremely complex set of emotions I had, ranging from anger and hoplessness, to immense joy and motivation. The last half millennium could be re-told by a storyteller in very different ways. A Native American scholar we read during the week completed the provocative title of his book, The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative, by suggesting that that (stories) are all we are. Humans shape their world by countless stories that help to make sense of their particular disposition. There are plenty of these stories in the United States that paint the last half millennium in a much brighter hue than how non-Euro/Western people might. Read the rest of this entry
2012 is here and the fresh snow on the ground that I awoke to has made me excited about the year before us all. The beginning of the New Year offers each of us an opportunity to recommit to our convictions and make hopeful resolutions for individual growth. Reflecting on my life today, I have come up with five resolutions that will help me live a fulfilling and blessed year of life:
5. Count my Blessings…
It is very easy for me to get to wrapped up in all of my ambitions in life that all my actions in the world seem incomplete or imperfect. I think it is important to be thankful for the good I can do in this life and be mindful of the countless blessings that fill my heart with love and joy each day. By keeping these thoughts on my heart and mind, I will be capable of feeling content with my actions in life. Read the rest of this entry