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Religion

  • What does it take to move from ‘happy talk’ to happiness?

    Contrary to lyrics of “South Pacific,” it takes more than happy talk to be happy. It involves more than talking about things we like to do. It takes more than talking about the moon floating in the sky or looking at a lily on the lake or talking about a bird learning how to fly, making all the music he can make. Yet, it is all those things that help us to learn the ways and wiles of being happy.

  • L’Chaim is a call to celebrate life rather than worry about dying

    Black Elk said: “Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. In the old days when we were a strong and happy people, all our power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood and so it is in everything where power moves.”

  • Do this in memory of me: a Memorial Day inspiration

    Churchgoers in major Christian denominations may be familiar with these words as part of their communion rites. The words strike me as particularly powerful ones. They are words that prod us in many areas of life, areas that are truly ones that empower communion—union with each other in our common humanity.
    Memorial Day is an especially precious time to hear, heed and attend to that command.

  • Pondering Pentecost: What’s blowing in the wind these days?

    There is an unusual feast celebrated in many Christian churches. Bearing the name Pentecost, a name that is strange to many, its celebration simultaneously mystifies and lures us. It is also considered to be the birthday of the church. Special attention and homage is paid to God’s Holy Spirit on this day. This is clear. What remains a mystery is the meaning behind the nomenclature. Who, what, how and where is this entity that some call the Holy Ghost?

  • Learn the heart’s alphabet; rejoice in the language of love

    As we were en route to a lunch date with visiting friends, we passed a county vehicle emblazoned with this entreaty, “A reader today; a leader tomorrow.” Hmmm, I thought, a neat message for our youth. I tried to convey my impression to Hubby Dear. Traffic noise and the deeper concentration needed for travel through the rain made it impossible, so I let it go.

  • ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ haunt us and taunt us

    Movies that test the imagination seem to draw me. I am intrigued by them. I guess their impelling force has much to do with the power found in Scripture and in classical works, power that urges me to an alternate understanding of reality. They are the myths—lies that tell the truth.

  • Mr. Rogers has lost his neighborhood; tragedy helps us get it back

    I attended an interesting gathering, Theology on Tap, which focused on the topic of freedom. Serendipitously, it was scheduled immediately after another of our nation’s tragedies, the bombing at the Boston Marathon.
    Comments ranged from assertions of our God-given free will to cultural constrictions of freedom, from the constraints on freedom when job requirements are involved to angst over an apparent substitution of limitless liberty in place of true freedom. It was agreed that rights and their concomitant responsibilities must be regained.

  • Beautiful dreamers are needed to awaken a sleeping universe

    It was a gray day. The weather and I shared a common sense of dullness, dryness, emptiness. I tried reading as a way to shake my spirits into liveliness. It didn’t work. I tried to write. Nothing came. Television was nothing less than monotonous.

  • Religion briefs

    The Nelons scheduled to perform April 28
    Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 2919 Galloway Road in Bolivia, will present The Nelons in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 28.
    There will be special music each night, Monday through Wednesday, April 29-May 1, at 7 p.m. nightly. Come and bring a friend.

  • Religion briefs

    Giving up failures topic of sermon
    “Giving Up our Failures” will be the title of the Rev. Jeff Roberts’ and associate pastor Michelle Sabin’s sermons on Sunday, April 14, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport.
    Traditional worship services will be at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, and at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Murrow Hall, with music led by Promise, the worship band. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Childcare is available at all services.