In the quietness of this place, surrounded by the all-pervading presence of the Holy, my heart whispers: Keep fresh before me the moments of my High Resolve, that in good times or in tempests, I...Read more
Such people ask, “How can I be happy?” This is the wrong question, because without the distinction between pleasure and gratification it leads all too easily to a total reliance on shortcuts, to a life...Read more
When we live in fear, we focus all our attention on the point of danger and lose our capacity to find any courage, security or peace within ourselves. We become so obsessed by what threatens...Read more
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
– Jean Jacques Rousseau
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
– Mother Teresa
Kindness is like snow, it...Read more
I founded the Center for Action and Contemplation, hoping to meet a need I witnessed while working with activists. Too many people I knew were burning out and becoming disillusioned, or their activism was motivated...Read more
Forget Perfection. Asset-Based Thinking liberates you from the pointless need to strive for “perfection.” You realize that pursuit of perfection is not an asset, it’s a liability. For a change in the way you feel...Read more
The 21st General Synod reaffirms the heritage of the United Church of Christ as an advocate for democratic, participatory, and inclusive economic policies in both public and private sectors including…the responsibility of workers to organize...Read more
When Daisetz T. Suzuki was once asked, “What is Zen?” his answer was: “Zen is that which makes you ask the question, for the answer comes from where the question arises…”
Rev. Steve Van Kuiken
August 4,...Read more
Appreciation of Interbeing
by: Thich Nhat Hanh
If you are a poet,
you will see clearly that there is a cloud
floating in this sheet of paper.
Without a cloud there will be no water;
without water the trees cannot grow;