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Among other things, the Ordinary Life class will focus on: 
• What it means to be alive and aware. 
• More on the gospel of Jesus than the Jesus of the gospels. 
• More on being the way than the way to be. 
• And on the principles and practices we can put in place in our lives to experience these things and not just know about them.

Ordinary Life Dr. William Kerley

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Among other things, the Ordinary Life class will focus on: 
• What it means to be alive and aware. 
• More on the gospel of Jesus than the Jesus of the gospels. 
• More on being the way than the way to be. 
• And on the principles and practices we can put in place in our lives to experience these things and not just know about them.

    Going Back In Order To Go Forward

    Going Back In Order To Go Forward

    ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life
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    Summary for January 26, 2020
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    Dear Folks -
    I called the talk I gave this week in Ordinary Life -
    Going Back In Order to Go Forward
    The teachings of all living spiritual traditions call those who seek to follow them to walk a path of both contradiction and contestation. We can’t just “go along with the system” because the system can easily be unjust. If we practice distributive justice, peace will take care of itself. In this talk I tell the story of my encountering Fredrick Buechner’s “The Sacred Journey” and his experience at a monastery where a monk gave him this blessing: “You have a long way to go.” I hear these as hopeful words. Though there is a lot for us to stay mindful of - the end of cosmological dualism and individual salvation, the necessity for a coherent social order in order to create whole persons, and the need for social justice, we already know what we need to do to create a better world for ourselves and others. Real spirituality is to be found in learning ow to conjugate the verbs “to be” and “to love.” That is, we are to love being and to love our being.
    That is a brief summary of the talk offered in Ordinary Life. The audio version contains all the asides and ad libs.
    You can read or download the text from which I spoke, view the presentation slides, and listen to the audio of the talk using the links below.
    If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.
    Be well and much love,
    Bill Kerley
    In order to read or download the text of the talk, click here.
    In order to view or download the presentation slides, click here.
    In order to listen to or download the audio version of the talk, use the link below.

    Facing Spiritual Schizophrenia

    Facing Spiritual Schizophrenia

    ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life
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    Summary for January 19, 2020
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    Dear Folks -
    This week in Ordinary Life Holly Hudley and I co-taught. We called the talk -
    Facing Spiritual Schizophrenia: How To Be Upset and Hopeful in Today’s World
    We began with a statement from the Reclaiming Jesus Document about the state of the times in which we are living. I revisited the point I made last week about how we need both whole persons and a coherent social order going forward. Whole persons cannot be nurtured in the context of social chaos and a coherent social order cannot be constructed by dysfunctional individuals. We need these two things to construct a new story about who we are and how we are to live. We talked about insights we have gained from both reading the book and seeing the movie “Just Mercy.” Affirmations are made by both religious groups and governments that proclaim we are one and that we are equal. But, the facts demonstrate otherwise. Holly talked about her understanding of embedded autonomy and I spoke of my growing awareness of the influence of “white American male folk religion” on all of our systems of thinking.
    That is a summary of what we offered this week in Ordinary Life. As is often the case, I think the audio version is better than the text from which I spoke.
    You can read or download the text from which I spoke, view the presentation slides, and listen to the audio of the talk using the links below.
    If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.
    Be well and much love,
    Bill Kerley
    In order to read or download the text from which Bill spoke, click here.
    In order to view or download the presentation slides, click here.
    In order to listen to or download the audio version of the talk, use the link below.

    Being Caring and Careful About What You Say and Hear

    Being Caring and Careful About What You Say and Hear

    ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life
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    Summary for January 12, 2020
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    Dear Folks -
    I called this week’s talk -
    “Being Caring and Careful About What You Say and What You Hear"
    I began by asking this question: “What do you call a person who does not accept facts that challenge his or her beliefs?” The answer is: normal.
    We all do it. If new facts challenge our firmly held religious or political positions, we resist hearing those facts. However, in our effort to live in light of the teaching “do not do to others what you would not want done to yourself,” we are having to construct a new story for the future viability of our species and our planet. This new story is called for in light of our knowing that we all reside, along with all else who are and all else that is, on one “blue marble.” No one region or religion has “the truth.” The new story must embrace all who are and all that is.
    The story that we are to create will be constructed out of words. A problem is that many people do not know how to use words wisely or well.
    Because we have been living under the threat of possible war in the past few weeks, I talk about how words are used to distract people from their moral values. I mention four ways this can happen. Being aware of the ways our consciences get bypassed by moral disengagement can protect us from unwittingly violating our ethical and religious commitments in conflict. I stressed two points: Whole persons cannot be nurtured in a context of social chaos. And, a coherent social order cannot be constructed by dysfunctional individuals. We start to create the new story by learning, before speaking, to reside in silence.
    That is a summary of the talk I offered this week in Ordinary Life. As is often the case, I think the audio version is better than the text from which I spoke. 
    You can read or download the text from which I spoke, view the presentation slides and listen to the audio of the talk using the links below.
    If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.
    Be well and much love,
    Bill Kerley
    In order to read or download the text of the talk, click here.
    In order to view or download the presentation slides, click here.
    In order to listen to or download the audio version of the talk, use the link below.

    The Ongoing Quest for a Theology of Rightness

    The Ongoing Quest for a Theology of Rightness

    ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life
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    Summary for January 5, 2020
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    Dear Folks -
    For those of you in the Houston area -
    An eight week study/discussion group begins, Tuesday, January 7th, at 6:30 on the Reclaiming Jesus declaration. This will be led by St. Paul’s member Diane Schenke. You can read the document by clicking here. 
    If it is at all possible for you to do so, I highly recommend attending this. I intend to. I would like to see you there. The class will meet in room 312 in the sanctuary building.
    As for this week’s talk, I called it “The Ongoing Quest for a Theology of Rightness.”
    I chose this first Sunday of 2020 to do a bit of review of the past two years and, then, some anticipations of things to come. One of the things I did was share Ilia Delio’s summary of history from the Big Bang until now. Then I talked about my understanding of how humanly constructed religion came to create the concepts of “cosmological dualism” and “individual salvation.” These were not always part of human thinking and they came into existence for a good reason. But, because of evolutionary cosmology, this story of “how things are” has served its purpose and a new story is needed. In short, this universe is not a place where evolution happens, it is the evolution happening. This story must be born in us. Charles Dickens’ “The Christmas Carol” is a good illustration of transformation. Are we willing to be transformed? Are we willing to “get it” that life is not about us but, rather, we are about life?
    That is a very brief summary of the talk I offered this week in Ordinary Life. As is often the case, I think the audio version is better than the text from which I spoke. 
    You can read or download the text from which I spoke, view the presentation slides, or listen to the audio of the talk using the links below.
    If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.
    Be well and much love,
    Bill Kerley
    In order to read or download the text of the talk, click here.
    In order to view or download the presentation slides, click here.
    To listen to or download the audio version of the talk, use the link below.




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    Holding Hands in the Dark

    Holding Hands in the Dark

    ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life
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    Summary for December 22, 2019
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    Dear Folks -
    For those of you in the Houston area I remind you that there are five Christmas Eve services at St. Paul’s today. You can go to the St. Paul’s website to check how the details of each service - they are not the same. The four o’clock and six o’clock service are the ones that have the most attendance. Though there are overflow spaces provided if you want a seat in the sanctuary, come early. http://www.stpaulshouston.org
    This past Sunday, Holly Hudley and I co-taught. We called the presentation “Holding Hands in the Dark.” This past Sunday fell on the day following the longest night in our hemisphere. So we talked about the role of “the dark” in doing spiritual work. In the dark we can’t see. Of course, in our time, some folks can’t see that it is dark The moment, however, that we begin to see that we are blind, we are not. Holly told the moving story of the “lost boys” of the Sudan and how they made it to safety by holding hands. I talked about the wonderful complex paradoxical situation we are in of needing to do the work of “putting ourselves into God’s story” and how it is only when we are open to the Sacred that our fears are put aside. Though we are meant to live life boldly, beautifully and bravely, our culture is encased in a culture of fear. We can use that fear to point us toward Sacred Mystery.
    That is a very brief summary of the talk we offered this week in Ordinary Life. Though we did not follow it closely, I am going to include the text from which we spoke. The audio version is very different and some of what we said will make only limited sense if you don’t view the presentation slide.
    You can read or download the text from which we spoke, view the presentation slides, listen to the audio of the talk and/or watch the video of the talk using the links below.
    If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.
    Be well and much love,
    Bill Kerley
    To read or download a copy of the text we used, click here.
    In order to view or download the presentation slides, click here.
    To listen to or download the audio version of the talk, use the link below.

    Reflections with Sherry Beeman & Holly Hudley |

    Reflections with Sherry Beeman & Holly Hudley |

    Bill getting the flu afforded a spontaneous, lovely time with everyone, spearheaded by Sherry’s idea of sharing what we have learned form Bill over the years. What I heard most was this penchant toward loving kindness and compassion….and of course….a daily spiritual practice.
    As requested by many, I’d like to share Sherry’s prayer:
    May I be filled with loving kindness and compassion. May I be well.May I be peaceful and at ease. May I be happy.May I have the patience, the understanding, the courage, and the endurance to meet and overcome the inevitable hardships, difficulties and failures that will come.
    Amen.
    So many of us have grown with Bill’s guidance and care, and most of all I love the message that everything belongs. When I can keep this in my sight, I realize that “I am not God, I am not other than God; I am not you, I am not other than you.”
    Thank you for all of your generous shares, and thank you Bill for your teaching! You have served us well!
    With love and gratitude,
    Holly & Sherry

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