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Cards of the Day:

11/3: 5 of Swords
11/4: 3 of Swords
11/5: App didn't record this one for some reason, and funnily enough, I can't remember the 5th of November. 😛
11/6: 5 of Swords
11/7: 5 of Pentacles
11/8: 3 of Swords

Cut me a break already!

Steve boosted

TIL: the original version of the Serenity Prayer was very different, and much stronger! the modern version that everyone knows goes

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference"

but the original version, as written by Reinhold Niebuhr, is

"Father, give us courage to change what must be altered, serenity to accept what cannot be helped, and the insight to know the one from the other"

three key changes weakened it substantially:

* us -> me
* what *must* be altered -> what i *can* change
* switching the first two clauses, placing the emphasis on serene acceptance rather than reforming courage

If I do end up deciding to go that path, it's going to be a part-time thing as I do something more fiscally sustainable.

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Two days in a row I've been asked in different ways by different people if I had considered restarting the discernment process for ordained ministry.

Today I printed out the Manual on Ministry for my denomination, and I'm going to read through it and figure out if I'm right in that it's not quite the path I'm supposed to be following now.

Today I got a message from a fellow Buddhist in the SGI. They're reopening our local center, but both masks and proof of vaccination will be required.

I'm glad both of my faith communities are taking this seriously and finding ways to gather safely.

Looking at the church website, noticing there's information missing since the site was last updated, wondering if I'm going to say something, realizing that by so doing I might be "volunteering" to do something about it.

Tomorrow I'm going to church in-person for the first time since early 2020.

I hope I remember how to IRL.

Yes, I just verbed IRL.

Now I just need to remember to regularly check new member requests. 😆

I've taken over as admin of

If you are interested in respectfully discussing matters of faith, religion, and spirituality and connecting with others, I'd like to invite you to join this instance.

vaccine side effects, tarot 

What's my card of the day?

I bet it's the 4 of Swords.

*checks app*

Called it!

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.

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