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King’s Chapel and It’s Prayer Book


Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.   King’s Chapel and its Prayer Book John Harcourt Members of Saint John’s visiting Boston may have discovered King’s Chapel on Tremont Street at the foot of Beacon Hill. Those who have ventured inside for a service may have been vaguely disconcerted. The text in their hands was entitled The Book of Common Prayer; its format and much of the language would have seemed fami...

Recalling the Catholic Nun & Zen Master Sister Elaine McInnis


Recalling the Catholic Nun & Zen Master Sister Elaine McInnis November 30, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.       I’ve just learned that Sister Elaine McInnis, Catholic nun and Zen master died yesterday, November 29th, 2023. If I did the calculations correctly, she was 99 years old. A number of years ago I served on the membership committee of the American Zen Teachers Association. I...

Salvation by Character: Recalling My Spiritual Ancestor William Ellery Channing

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Salvation by Character: Recalling My Spiritual Ancestor William Ellery Channing November 29, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.       William Ellery Channing was born on this day, the 29th of November in 1780, in Newport, Rhode Island. I try to acknowledge this every year. I count him as one of my more important spiritual influences, in a very real sense he was a spiritual ancestor. I was ...

A Vision of William Blake: The Original Spiritual If Not Religious


A Vision of William Blake: The Original Spiritual If Not Religious November 28, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.           I give you the end of a golden string;Only wind it into a ball,It will lead you in at Heaven’s gate,Built in Jerusalem’s wall.  William Blake was born on this day, the 28th of November in 1757, in Soho, in Westminster, in London. His family were Dissenters and his wh...

A FEAST FOR SAINTS BARLAAM & JOSAPHAT: A Meditation on Syncretisms of Several Varieties


A FEAST FOR SAINTS BARLAAM & JOSAPHAT: A Meditation on Syncretisms of Several Varieties November 27, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.       A FEAST FOR SAINTS BARLAAM & JOSAPHATA Meditation on Syncretisms of Several Varieties James Ishmael Ford There is a tradition. It tells us one of Jesus’ apostles, Thomas, who we know as the Doubter, carried the message of Jesus all the way to...

The Motley Bodhisattva: Patron of those who Walk Between Religions


The Motley Bodhisattva: Patron of those who Walk Between Religions November 25, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.       The Motley Bodhisattva by John Ching Hsiung Wu The Bodhisattva Shan-hui, better known as Fu Ta-shih, born in 497, was one of the most extraordinary figures in Buddhism and an important precursor of the School of Zen. Once he was invited by Emperor Wu of Liang (who reigne...

The Peace of the Rhinoceros: A Small Meditation on a Sufi Teacher and an Old Zen Koan


The Peace of the Rhinoceros: A Small Meditation on a Sufi Teacher and an Old Zen Koan November 23, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.         Toward the One,the Perfection of Love, Harmony, and Beauty,the Only Being,United with all the Illuminated Souls,Who form the Embodiment of the Master, the Spirit of Guidance. When I lived in the Zen monastery in Oakland, I served on the jisha team re...

THE GOOSE IN THE BOTTLE: Exploring Possibilities of InterSpiritual Zen Buddhist & Christian Dialogue


THE GOOSE IN THE BOTTLE: Exploring Possibilities of InterSpiritual Zen Buddhist & Christian Dialogue November 20, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.       THE GOOSE IN THE BOTTLEExploring the Possibilities of Interspiritual Dialogue A Sermon delivered at theFirst Congregational Church of Long Beach United Church of Christ 20 November 2022 James Ishmael Ford First, thank you so much for...

Today, the 19th of November, 1863


Today, the 19th of November, 1863 November 19, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.     It was on this day, the 19th of November, at the dedication of a graveyard at Gettysburg, after the keynote speaker the remarkable Unitarian clergyman Reverend Edward Evertt held forth for two hours; that President Abraham Lincoln stood and spoke two hundred and eighty five words… Browse Our Archives Orig...

Recalling Howard Thurman: A Saint for our Times


Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.       When the song of the angels is stilled,when the star in the sky is gone,when the kings and princes are home,when the shepherds are back with their flocks,the work of Christmas begins: to find the lost,to heal the broken,to feed the hungry,to release the prisoner,to rebuild the nations,to bring peace among the people,to make music in the heart. Howard Thurman Howard...

Good Old, Bad Old Alan Watts: An Ongoing Appreciation


Good Old, Bad Old Alan Watts: An Ongoing Appreciation November 16, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.         Last year on this day, the 16th of November, I wrote a small appreciation of Alan. Watts. He died on this day in 1973. And I find it not a bad time to pause and think of him. Watts remains an important figure in my life. And, more important I think he stands as a significant figure...

A Path for Spiritual Adults: Francis David & the First Church to Embrace the name Unitarian

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A Path for Spiritual Adults: Francis David & the First Church to Embrace the name Unitarian November 15, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.     In this world there have always been many opinions about faith and salvation. You need not think alike to love alike. There must be knowledge in faith also. Sanctified reason is the lantern of faith. Religious reform can never be all at once, b...

Nellie Bly Begins her Trip Around the World


Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.     It was on this day, the 14th of November in 1890 that the remarkable and almost too amazing to be believed, but carefully documented so so very much real Nellie Bly embarked on her famous trip around the world. Her journey was measured against the fictional Phileas Fog’s trip around the world in 80 days. She arrived home after a seventy-two day race, besting the fict...

Thomas Cleary on Dongshan’s Five Ranks


Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.       The Five Ranks of Dongshan Liangjie Comments by Thomas Cleary Five Ranks, Three Roads, Three Falls, Three Leaks, Four Types of Different Kinds The Five Ranks The five ranks may be viewed as a progression of stages of development or an analysis of different degrees of integration. In the first, called the relative within the absolute one practices detachment and int...

Of Boats and Storms and a Little Kindness


Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.     On Social media there’s a meme that’s going around, at least in my small corner of that world. I’ve seen a couple of versions. One is part of a larger poem by Damien Barr: I heard that we are in the same boat.But it’s not that.We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat.your ship can be shipwrecked and mine might not be.Or vice versa. The poem is longer and ad...

Julian the Faithful Apostate

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Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.       Today the 11th of November is the feast for Mercurius, soldier and martyr in the Coptic Church. He is similarly honored in the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church on the 25th of this month. In the official story he was martyred at the order of the pagan emperor Decius. But there’s another story with a strong following, that it was he, guided by an...

HISTORIES OF THE ZEN MISSION TO THE AMERICAS AND THE WEST


HISTORIES OF THE ZEN MISSION TO THE AMERICAS AND THE WEST November 10, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.     HISTORIES OF THE ZEN MISSION TO THE AMERICAS AND THE WEST What follows is a review of Richard McDaniel’s Zen Conversations. However it is much more than that. It’s a review of the histories of Zen’s mission to the West, focused on North America. I read it and found it an invaluable...

A Book of Common Prayer: The Zen PIlgrim’s Early morning thoughts in a motel in Santa Cruz, sipping coffee in the dark while my spouse sleeps


A Book of Common Prayer: The Zen PIlgrim’s Early morning thoughts in a motel in Santa Cruz, sipping coffee in the dark while my spouse sleeps November 6, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.     I’ve only been to King’s Chapel in Boston twice. They are a delightful anachronism. Arguably the oldest Episcopal church in the United States, they became Unitarian in the years following the Revolut...

My Prayers for the Dead


Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.   Today is All Soul’s day. In the Western Christian calendar its the conclusion of Allhallowtide. It is a day to pray for the dead. For Christians its usually for the Christian dead. The Roman Catholic church has a developed theory of the afterlife and speaks of a place between death and paradise for believers who have issues clinging to them. It’s called purgatory. Whet...

The Reverend Doctor David P Keyes


Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.     The Reverend Doctor DAVID P. KEYES (1945-2022) The Ministries and Faith Development staff of the Unitarian Universalist Association offer our condolences to the family and colleagues of the Rev. David P. Keyes, who died on September 13, 2022, at the age of 77. David was born on January 21, 1945, in Kansas City, MO to G.J. Keyes andCarolyn Keyes Ellis. He spent his ch...

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