Holy Reverie Blog

Waiting for Buddha

by Audrey Gonzalez, Deacon Every seventy thousand years, there is a new Buddha. His name will be Maitrye, and he will come from Tushita, which is the heavenly palace. But who can stay around that long? I wondered how Buddhist philosophers came up with that number of years for a reincarnation of a new Buddha to occur. It’s certainly out of our possibilities to be here that long. So my teacher Ramesh and I began a discussion on Karma. He explained that our lives are passing and will be... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 0 comments
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Doing good in the world

A few months ago, I was asked to deliver the invocation at the annual banquet of the United Way of the Mid-South. The banquet, held in the Peabody ballroom, was a huge celebration of their excellent work, as well as a welcome party for their new President/CEO and my good friend, the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Robinson. As stories were told and new vision put forth, I was reminded of something I am fond of saying: Calvary is not United Way .    The United Way has a history of... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, July 22, 2015 | 0 comments
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A Summer of Subtraction

by Mimsy Jones, Archdeacon As I write this from the coast of Maine, one lone sailboat slowly glides across Penobscot Bay and another smaller sailboat is anchored on the still water below the cottage here that we’ve rented for the past seventeen summers. Except for lots of birds calling back and forth, there is remarkably little activity, little NOISE, on this Saturday morning in July. Odd for a sunny Saturday up here…usually there are either sailing races or lots of picnic boats heading for... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, July 15, 2015 | 1 comments
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The Quiet Man

For God alone my soul in silence waits. Ps. 62:5               Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist. That acoustic ecology was even a "thing" was news to me until I stumbled on this man's remarkable story. Hempton believes passionately that natural silence, by which he means sound undisturbed by human-made noise, is America's fastest disappearing resource, and he is on a mission to preserve it. He calls silence an endangered species.  ... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Tuesday, July 7, 2015 | 1 comments
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Bonds of Community

I have no words about the recent carnage in the Charleston Church. I've appreciated the many words I've read, but I have none. For me, it's beyond words. What I do have words about is the glorious bond of community that I've seen among the people in Charleston since the crime. Most people whom I've seen, heard and read about have been members of houses of worship. There is something very powerful in the bond of community that forms within groups of people, especially those who share a faith... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | 0 comments
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