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Ryan Taylor
A spiritual activist... encouraging presence in hard places and a more honest way of spiritual formation.
Interests: Dreaming, Engaging poverty, Enneagram, Gardening, Spiritual Formation, Encouraging the Weary, Teaching, Writing, Guiding, Stirring the Pot for the good of the world...
Recent Activity
We hired Richard to tile the floor in our basement kitchen. Was that a wise decision? It depends on the lenses you see through. Some folks would have taken three days to wrap up that job. Not Richard. After three... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Tall Monastic Guy
The following invitations are the counter balances in which I'm recognizing as essential for me to become more of me - the contemplative activist. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Tall Monastic Guy
The issue of systemic racism and the invitation to respond to our white-privilege is nothing short of disorienting invoking all sorts of reactions. In the intensity of our disorientation I tend to feel afraid and insecure often leading me to overcompensate to make myself feel better. Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Tall Monastic Guy
I don’t much care for 3D movies. On at least a couple of occasions I’ve bought my ticket and claimed my seat at the theatre without knowing that I was watching the 3D version. I really don’t enjoy wearing the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Tall Monastic Guy
In March of 2012 I made a visit to Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation located in one of the poorest counties in the US. There were many aspects of this brief visit that have profoundly formed my vision of prayer and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Tall Monastic Guy
We give our second hand worn out clothes to the poor. Do we also hand down our used up and worn out theology? Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Tall Monastic Guy
The redemptive listener approaches the craft through the lens of belonging rather than belief. Unlike the majority of us, the one who really listens values fellowship over competition always holding a preferential option for the poor among us. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Tall Monastic Guy
On the one hand acknowledging this to you feels risky and on the other I know it’s true of you as well. I see it everyday in our nation - one that calls itself the land of the free and stamps In God we trust on currency while ignoring native people on reservations, unjustly deporting immigrants, and turning a blind eye to police brutality. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Tall Monastic Guy
In these type of religious atmospheres it’s often been hard to put my finger on the strange and distinctly unfriendly feeling. It’s a sort of quiet violence which initially is tricky to articulate and call out but eventually leaves its evidence in a trail of marginalized and wounded people. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Tall Monastic Guy
I interact with so many people who have 1000 friends but no friends. No loving eyes to see beyond our surface image. No hospitality to both our light and shadow sides. We long for another to walk with us as we search the infinite and unknowns worlds within us. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Tall Monastic Guy
Bell asks, “Is God progressive, with a better, more inspiring vision for our future than we could ever imagine, or is God behind, back there, in the past, endlessly trying to get us to return to how it used to be?” Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Tall Monastic Guy
The wicked part of traumatic hate-laced relationships is they trick us into hating ourselves. Sometimes solving the riddle of forgiving others begins with forgiving ourselves. Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Tall Monastic Guy
but couldn’t I have said, “this is just part of being divine"? When humanity is most vulnerable and naked, it’s there that we most resemble Christ. This intersection of love and suffering is where we discover divine grace. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at Tall Monastic Guy
Are there blatantly proud racists still living in America in 2014? Did Sarah Palin really just say what she did? Do churches kick people out for not believing in a literal 7 day creation? Seriously? Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at Tall Monastic Guy
As a kid I spent a good deal of time around creek banks and exploring the woods around our house. I’d get these annoying prickly burrs that would attach themselves to my clothes. Before arriving home I’d have to sit down and take the time to deliberately pluck each of the burrs off my socks. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at Tall Monastic Guy
Last week’s social-media driven World Vision scandal was a stumbling block for so many sojourners looking for a spiritual home. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Tall Monastic Guy
I find it so damn easy to point out how delusional some leaders are at processing their own limitations. As much as anybody I get a good buzz out of picking apart pastors like Mark Driscoll until I break my ankle and find that I'm not so adept at integrating my own insecurities and shadows as I think I am. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Tall Monastic Guy
Art leaves it mark on us. American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein said, "Art doesn't transform it just plain forms." But how does art form us? Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Tall Monastic Guy
When the cross of Christ becomes enmeshed in this system of score keeping we eliminate it's power and it becomes just another one of these. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Tall Monastic Guy
I wonder if soul care just might be the work that sustains the church in the coming years. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Tall Monastic Guy
Each slow and deliberate step of the labyrinth was especially pronounced due to the loud crunch of the snowy January ground beneath my boots. A contemplative prayer walk wasn’t exactly on the agenda for the weekend as I along with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Tall Monastic Guy
I stood in the doorway and paused to look at what seemed to be two completely different groups of people. Behind me inside the house was a growing crowd of 40 or more middle-class volunteers anxiously anticipating our street friends... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at Tall Monastic Guy
I hear some of the most interesting names among my friends in the street community. Kickback, Red, Chain, Angel, ShadeTree just to name a few. I don’t even know some of their real names! I’ve been wondering about how these creative monikers have developed and stuck on these guys. There are a number of reasons why they’ve decided to use certain names. For example, Red, has red hair. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Tall Monastic Guy
If you'd like to come down to Network please don't hesitate to connect with me. I'd love to introduce you to some of my dearest friends. Or if you'd like to help us keep plugging along financially let me know! I'd love to chat about that. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2013 at Tall Monastic Guy
On my drive in to work this morning a Coldplay song came on. Shortly after the initial tune hit my ears some sort of energy seemed to bypass my mind and nudge my soul. The melody set off a split second chain reaction that moved me to pray for a friend who was hurting. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at Tall Monastic Guy