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Open Letter to Boy Scouts of America in Response to President Trump’s Jamboree Appearance

July 25, 2017 Mr. Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive Boy Scouts of America 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane Irving, TX 75015 Dear Mr. Surbaugh: I write as a former Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Explorer Scout. I was inducted into … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Else Fickeisen

My mother, Else Fickeisen, died on September 25, 2016. She was 101 years old and quite ready to be done with living in a body that had become fragile and with senses that had begun to shut down. She had … Continue reading

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Dawn Wall?

Kevin Jorgeson, on reaching the summit of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park this past week by free climbing the Dawn Wall with Tommy Caldwell, said of their feat: “I hope it inspires people to find their own Dawn Wall, … Continue reading

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Marriage Enrichment Comes to Oregon

Break out the bubbly. Today was a big day for marriage here in Oregon. At noon, Federal judge Michael McShane announced his ruling that the constitutional amendment that reads, “It is the policy of Oregon, and its political subdivisions, that … Continue reading

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Process Theology Class — Homework for February 11

I approach learning with an androgogical frame. That is, we are adult learners, responsible for seeking out resources, choosing how to use them, and taking responsibility for our own learning. Hence the homework is optional… though I hope you will … Continue reading

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Process Theology Class — Slides from First Session

The slides from the first session (Feb. 4 class) on Process Theology are posted here as a pdf document (Process Theology PPT I). This session covered an introduction to metaphysics, process thought, and process theology.

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Grammar Lesson for Ministers (Honorifics and Titles)

Caution: Rant ahead. It seems to me that more and more my colleagues in ministry are encouraging members of their congregations to call them “Reverend First-name” as in “Reverend Duane.” And even doing so themselves. Or worse, pronouncing it as … Continue reading

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