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Guest Author: 
Janice Lynne Lundy

"It is better to light one candle, than to curse the darkness."
—Chinese proverb

Today, in the wee hours, I was reminded once again of how easy it can be to plug back into the Light. How important it is that we help one another reorient toward the good, the higher emotion, the life-affirming virtues that we carry within us, especially during challenging times.

Guest Author: 
Lynn W. Huber

For many years, I have been clear that contemplation and action are partnered. My first models were Friends (Quakers), who seemed to have found a way to structure a dual focus of contemplation and action into both their personal and their corporate lives in a way that, at least from my experience, is unique.

Guest Author: 
Liz Budd Ellmann

On 17 August, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi would have been ninety years old. Reb Zalman, as he preferred to be called, died peacefully on 3 July in his home with his beloved wife, Eve Ilsen, by his side.

Guest Author: 
Therese Taylor-Stinson

A group of Shalem graduates traveled from various locations to The Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina, USA. The trip I made with two of my peer group members was a ten-hour drive, one way. We connected with other spiritual directors from the Charlotte Spirituality Center and formed a volunteer team in service to the participants and volunteers of “The Goose.”

Guest Author: 
Liz Budd Ellmann, MDiv

Gazing at pink angels in a garden on the Isle of Iona, a bird landed on my backpack. Becoming even more still, I waited and wondered who had taken refuge over my right shoulder.

Unlike the blackbird’s visitation to Saint Kevin, who remained sufficiently still enough for it to create a nest in his outstretched praying palm, the bird that visited me stayed for only a few moments. In those few moments, eternity opened.

Guest Author: 
Susan Hill

On the third morning of my pilgrimage to Iona, I got a splinter from the piece of wood attached to my room key. Not a small, easily-extracted sliver—no, this was a big, ragged spear of wood that jammed its way into my fingertip and hurt enormously! In retrospect, it was only a quarter of an inch long, but it was quite painful!

Guest Author: 
Tim Mooney

A few days ago I was told a few things that were hard to hear. What was said was said kindly, without judgment or accusation, and spot on. Frankly, I thought I handled it pretty well; I was open to hearing it. Until later that morning, when I realized I was rehearsing the conversation over and over in my head, defending myself, and accusing the other. And then I felt it—shame.   

Guest Author: 
Liz Budd Ellmann

I paid tribute to two giant trees last week: Maya Angelou and Pete Seeger. More than a thousand people gathered on Memorial Day to celebrate the life of folk singer and activist Pete Seeger who died earlier this year.

Guest Author: 
Kristen Hobby

On 31 May 2014, forty students aged nine and ten from Cornish College in Melbourne, Australia visited four local places of worship to learn about other faith traditions. At the Islamic mosque in Keysborough, the children discovered that Muslims pray five times per day and during Ramadan they are not permitted to eat or drink during the daylight hours.

Guest Author: 
Ruth Picha

I arrived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA both tired, and with mixed emotions. Mother Theresa’s plan for her nuns was to take an entire year off from their duties every four to five years to allow them to heal from the effects of their care-giving work. My plan was to take one week to heal.

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