Author: Wayne Walder

Compassion

February’s theme is compassion. Each month we choose a theme for deepening.  Every week our services develop the theme, asking questions of our community and suggesting strategies for insight. Please explore compassion with us this month. Go deeper…

Everything is Ecstasy, Jack Kerouac

“Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind it is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever. Close your eyes, let your hands and nerve-ends drop, stop breathing for 3 seconds, listen to the silence inside the illusion of…

About Meditation – by Richard Rohr

When the importance of some form of meditation is pointed out to us, we often think we are being told about an esoteric, high-level, Buddhist practice, something largely unnecessary for ordinary folks. We imagine that meditation is an add-on for the elite and the few; and largely pursued by those who are already introverts. (I…

Surrender

I never thought much about being 60.  We had a party in the spring, many of you were there.  We celebrated Joan and my 60th birthday.   At the time it felt just like another day.  But this Fall, when I was looking up one of my childhood friends, my age became important.  I was looking for…

Courage

Courage is contagious.  So is cowardice.   Often… only we know the difference. Yes, there are stories of pulling the stranger from the burning car or standing up to the abusive spouse and going through with the divorce. Times when we are lucky enough to change history.  There are also times when we have to prevent…

Rev. Wayne Walder: Being Gracious

Have you ever sat by a fountain?  The spray is white and light in the air.  Maybe a rainbow is visible when you look at the water in just the right way.  Even at night the water plays with the light and offers a graceful contrast to buildings of brick and cement.  The arc of…