Lent ’15 Informal Reflection, Ash Wednesday

Here is our really, really, really, informal reflection from our Ash Wednesday service. (Scripture below). (If you’re wondering, last year’s sermon is here.) Also, we’ll be meeting tonight for our online check in. Hope to see you there.  All are welcome Lent 15 sermon 1 Matthew 4:1-11 4Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit…

Lent 15: Into the Wilderness

Into the Wilderness is an experimental spiritual community that will meet during Lent. There are three parts to Into the Wilderness – you can choose just one, or do all four. 1. Opening ritual Wednesday, February 18, 6:00– 6:50 p.m. Loper Chapel (First Church Berkeley, at the corner of Dana St and Durant Ave in…

Ash Wednesday Sermon 3-5-14

Note: This was the opening sermon for Lent in 2014. Matthew 4 1:11  If the link below doesn’t work, just download the zip version here. Sermon 3-5-14 (As of today, I am still not smoking. Thanks, God!) Join us for Lent 15!

New Programming from Into the Wilderness coming in 2015!

Hey folks: New programming from ITW coming in 2015! Artist’s Way Support Gang:  The Artist’s Way has been a popular tool for recovering as an artist (hint: everyone is creative!).  While the book is set up as a 12-week program, we’ll be working on it all year, meeting at an online webinar once each month…

Sermon 3/11/14 Psalm 32

So, if you have about 8 minutes and missed the 3/11 reflection, it is below for your listening pleasure. Because I’m a little low tech, you might want to start at the :18 mark. (You also have to download the file vs. playing it directly here.) Psalm 32 Reflection Psalm 32 Happy are those whose…

Step Study Updates

The first meeting of the 12-step workshop happened yesterday. So great to see everyone there. After a general discussion about the steps, we read the first step in both the Alcoholics Anonymous and Alanon step books. If you’d like to catch up, AA’s first step can be found in pdf form here.   I don’t think…

Why reading the annoying psalms is part of my practice…

When I first started meditating on the psalms, I skipped the ones that irritated me. This was a necessary thing for me. At the time, I was trying to open my heart to a religion whose most visible proponents labeled me an abomination and who were, in my opinion, raging hypocrites and self-righteous jerks. Coming…