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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary NYC, Congregationalist Christian (United Church of Christ) and Nichiren Buddhist (Soka Gakkai). Queer, ex-Catholic, and heterodox af.
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