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When the Blessed One had said these things, he greeted them all, saying, "Peace be with you! Bear my peace within yourselves! Beware that no one lead you astray saying 'Look over here!' Or 'Look over there!' For the Child of Humanity is within you! Follow it! Those who seek it will find it. Go then and proclaim the good news of the realm. Do not lay down any rules beyond what I determined for you, nor give a law like the lawgiver,. lest you be confined by it." When he had said this, he departed.

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I'm Steve. I'm something of a spiritual nomad. I belong to an interdenominational church (UCC, Disciples, UMC, and PC). I'm also a member of the Soka Gakkai International. I've also been influenced by Paganism and Hinduism, so I'm all over the place. "Double-belonging" doesn't quite capture it for me.

I enjoy non-canonical scripture, as well as reading scripture from all sorts of different traditions.

I'm glad to be here.

I think part of the reason why the thought of becoming a minister or chaplain has appealed to me is just the simple need for more people to acknowledge the intrinsic value of those most would prefer to forget.

I suspect I'll be turning this sermon into a short book. I just need to be careful that doesn't happen tomorrow when I deliver it.

About 18 hours from now I'll be preaching for the first time in over 2 years, and for the first time on Zoom.

Sermon is about 75% done. It'll get there before the bell--it always does--but it's slow-going.

At least I don't have to drive anywhere.

Had a dream last night where I went back to visit Union Theological Seminary. In the dream I had a moment where I thought "I miss this place. Maybe I should go back for a doctorate." And I remembered that Dr. Cone had passed on and thought "I guess there's no point in doing that. At least not here."

Ganesh Chaturthi is this week. Must get laddu from the Indian market.

Been reading a lot of occult and Neo-Pagan books lately. Phil Hine's "Condensed Chaos" is very good, but what I find most interesting are the Amazon reviews. I honestly think most of the more critical reviews were probably written by the sort of occultists he tries to warn the reader against (i.e. the self-important, pompous, delusional types).

Kind-of wish I had read it about six years earlier.

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vague scheming 

It's been a hot minute since I've posted to this account.

I've got one of those ideas, that I just can't shake, which usually means it's something I need to act on. I don't want to go into to many details except that it relates to a novel way of bringing together my various disciplines into creating something awesome.

Anyways, watch this space.

Subtoot 

Ah, the French reply guys! Celebrated everywhere for being blocked.

Maybe I should do a fast.

Is it still considered a fast if you have coffee?

What's up with vulpine.club lately? Every morning it seems to go down.

May the Force be with you.

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to the tune of part of the Animaniacs theme 

🎶 Meet the corgi brothers
And their awoo fiancé
All three of them are canines
and all three of them are gay 🎶

Whenever I get frustrated with someone, I will take a deep breath, remember the Bodhisattva Never Disparaging, and say to myself, "One day they will be a Buddha."

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