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Some things float.

Wasn’t the calcified certainty of religion the very thing Jesus objected to most? That certainty was both misplaced and used as authoritarian cudgel.

Certainty makes faith dangerous.

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DBT: When Does Talk Become Therapy? (Shop Talk #9)

Can a conversation save your life?

I recently met a therapist who practices dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).  She and her team work with clients who may struggle with a number of issues including… 382 more words


Decentered. As in “not the crux of all things.”

A place for everything and everything in its place

I’ve put a recurring early-morning block on my calendar titled “Decenter.” The block or early morning quiet and focus has actually been on my calendar for decades, but I’ve recently retitled it based on a cue from Merold Westphal, a philosopher who teaches at Fordham University. 230 more words


I completely disagree. Are we still friends?

How a small group helps you listen better

Say you are in a small group. Maybe you are part of a knitting guild. Maybe a book club. 202 more words


What Good Is a Group?

The occasional spark. The intentional fire.

I’ve been wondering this lately: what good is a group?

Mrs. Kirkistan and I lead a small group that regularly meets together to read ancient texts. 292 more words


Martin Buber, Jesus and Kim Kardashian walk into a bar

The Sermon on the Stool

“I can’t be your love object, Marty,” said Kardashian.

“How could you be my object?” said Buber. “As far as I know, we’re still all “I-Thou.” Though I will say your Instagram screams “I-it.”

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Communication Is About Relationship