Inside Out no. 3: Quotations and Thinking

Reflection Stones

Who are you without your biographical information? – Rev. Wendy Vie We must always grasp for what we cannot reach, knowing that the grasping itself is enough. – Joan Chittister Fundamentalism isolates a few things and removes them from relationships to everything else – past, present, and future. – Rev. Wendy Vie What will you…

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Inside Out no. 2: Quotations and Thinking

Reflections in a Sphere

The immanent is transcendent when universal. The transcendent is immanent when embodied. – Rev. Wendy Vie Love is the first word we don’t say to everyone. – Sparrow in The Sun, June 2007 The gifts of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, generosity, faithfulness, and self-control – are alive in individuals, but…

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Inside Out no. 1: Quotations and Thinking

Reflection in the Water

Humans find themselves in the wilderness in three ways: Punishment, accidentally, or intentionally. – Rev. Wendy Vie Wendy was grown up. You need not be sorry for her. She was one of the kind that likes to grow up. In the end she grew up of her own free will a day quicker than other…

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Reflective Woman

A few years ago, I made a music playlist called “Inspiration” and was listening to it with my daughter while returning from visiting my parents.  It was filled with anthemic songs that give me energy: Shake it Off by Florence + The Machines; Helter Skelter by The Beatles; Going Out in Style by The Dropkick…

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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Grateful Man

On a Sunday morning sidewalk,I’m wishing, Lord, that I was stoned.‘Cause there’s something in a SundayThat makes a body feel alone.And there’s nothing short a’ dyingThat’s half as lonesome as the soundOf the sleeping city sidewalkAnd Sunday morning coming down Sunday Morning Coming Down by Kris Kristofferson In The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in…

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What is Spirituality?

Cairn at Sunset

Recently, I asked a colleague, “What is spirituality?” “Everything,” he responded. Yes, spirituality is everything. Spirituality is you living your life. It is your relationship with the divine, God, and universe – however, you understand what is beneath and beyond human life and the world. There are many, many understandings of spirituality and the divine.…

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What is Family Systems Theory?

Family Systems

Everyone needs to have a structured way of thinking to interpret life’s events and guide them in the lifelong process of maturity. In my life, personally and professionally, I use Family Systems Theory and have dedicated 25+ years of continuing education to its understanding and application. What is Family System Theory? Dr. Murray Bowen, a…

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Spiritual Crisis?

Hands Over Heart

Unprecedented, extraordinary, tumultuous, divisive, and chaotic are a few of the words used to describe our current life together. Sometimes I think in song lyrics, and the last few years, I keep asking alongside The Clash and their song, Clampdown, “What are we gonna do now?” I call the times we are living a spiritual…

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