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A human awe-struck by his wife, daughter, stepkids, grandkids, family, people, wilderness, words, ideas, and their Source, dazzled with the promise of justice and peace.
Interests: Climbing hills to see and attempt to describe rich sunlight on stones, tapping on keyboards to see what is going on in my soul, spending time with family and friends to see what richness is to be found in their hearts.
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The ten commandments endure as a foundation for morality, after thousands of years. But just like the American Constitution, from time to time we need to add amendments to them. The ten commandments are a short list, and that is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2020 at Musings
For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Paul, Ephesians 6:12) Since... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2020 at Musings
"for every mile the feet go the heart goes nine" One of my favorite lines from ee cummings, that lowest-case of poets. If ever there was a time to let go of writing in capital letters - especially writing tweets... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2020 at Musings
Years ago, my wife, Roberta, taught her daughter Josie how to cut fabric in a straight line. "Look where you want to go, and your scissors will follow." Don't watch your fingers working the scissors. Keep your eye on the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at Musings
Defending the Democratic Process: A Faith Community Call to Awareness and Action Sign on HERE (Our country is facing unprecedented threats to the integrity of the upcoming election. This statement was drafted by myself, Rev Peter Laarman, retired Executive Director... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at Musings
(Do an online version of this ceremony: BLESSING THE HANDS THAT VOTE - in your congregation in upcoming Sundays! "With what hand will you be marking your ballot in the upcoming election? (show of hands on screen) - "May Love... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2020 at Musings
To follow Jesus is to face the cross and aim our lives through and beyond it. As is the case with authoritarian regimes around the world today, Rome distrusted anyone who attracted a following that might turn into a rebellion.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2020 at Musings
At the University of Southern California, I'm struck with how hungry students are for experiential Christianity. To the degree they have any experience with the faith at all, they're rapidly losing interest in its dogma and taking much more interest... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2020 at Musings
The President of the United States thinks I'm a fool for following the way of Jesus. He thinks I'm an idiot for loving my enemies and for loving my neighbor as myself. He thinks I'm a schmuck for worshiping God... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2020 at Musings
There are literally hundreds of compelling public-policy based reasons for voting for Joe Biden and the Democrats in the upcoming election. But there is one reason that stands out far, far beyond all others: Donald J. Trump is an existential... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2020 at Musings
Myself, standing on the Youngstown and Southern tracks, Columbiana, Ohio, 1972 Dear Columbiana: Eight years ago, facing the Firestone Park pond on a cool, clear summer morning, I sat on a green wooden bench. The same one upon which I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2020 at Musings
As fall approaches, it's time for churches to plan their program year. Here I offer resources for you to use freely in worship and other contexts in your congregation for 2020-21. All I ask is attribution! My BOOKS on Amazon... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2020 at Musings
Most countries have some kind of focal point on their flags. But the American flag does not. It has an off-center beauty made up of multiple stars and stripes, none emphasized more than the others. Our flag models our nation.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2020 at Musings
With a group of extended family members, all white, I’m in a book study group focused on “Me and White Supremacy” by Layla Saad. Together we’re reflecting on the ways we are personally implicated. It’s not a wallow in white... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2020 at Musings
I’ve spent two decades promoting the term “progressive” as an identity for Christians who embrace compassion, science, common sense, and social justice, and who abandon supernaturalism, exclusivism, and oppressive dogma. I’ve been an active participant in a global effort to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2020 at Musings
The pandemic has tipped the playing field of society further askew than it already was. The disease itself is devastating low-income and minority people at an alarming rate. Those like myself, privileged enough to be able to work from home,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at Musings
Black lives matter. Not at the expense of other lives. By affirming that Black lives matter in this moment in history, all lives matter more. It is worth reflecting on why and how this is true. Especially, for me, after... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2020 at Musings
Hiking on the Sespe River Trail a few days ago, marinated in mountain sunlight, I spied ahead an outcropping of ragged rock on either side of the river. Harder than the surrounding sandstone, it had narrowed the channel. As I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2020 at Musings
In Tulsa, the president proclaimed that there should be a law against burning the US flag. In the midst of a pandemic, in the midst of protest against police violence, in the midst of an economic meltdown, he has attempted... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2020 at Musings
(My friend and USC faculty colleague, Leah Buturain, calls this "musing" a "Reclamation Proclamation"!) Very few American flags have waved at the recent protests in defense of black lives. I hope that this changes, and fast! The peaceful protesters for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2020 at Musings
"Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words." (St Paul, Romans 8: 26) I needed to sigh. So... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at Musings
(Our family is having some intense Zoom and email conversations this week, motivating each other to get educated and activated in support of racial justice. In one email thread, our 13 year old granddaughter, Rumi, asked this potent question: "How?"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2020 at Musings
The Alvord Desert playa, SE Oregon In the springtime, water tumbles down the flanks Mt Tamalpais in Marin County, north of San Francisco. My wife and I lived in Mill Valley next to a steep flume that ran with cold,... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2020 at Musings
“Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2020 at Musings
(A great joy of my work at USC has been my participation, from its inception a few years ago, in "Peaks and Professors", a student group that invites professors to go on hikes. The conversations I've had with students on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2020 at Musings