What’s On Your Mind?

Hi there!  We have a few new readers added this week.  I wanted to reach out to everyone and see if anyone had any spiritual questions they would like me/us to chew on.  Just a quick word about the blog and our blog community.

My readers cover a HUGE theological spectrum.  We have readers who identify as Catholic and Evangelical; Atheist and Agnostic.  As the motto of The United Church of Christ (UCC) says, “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!”

As I respond to questions that are submitted, please note one thing that I try to model.  I never try to position myself as an expert since I am a clergy person.  Instead, I simply share my faith perspective.  That’s how most spiritual leaders in non-creedal religious traditions such as the UCC conduct ourselves.

I typically end every one of my postings with an invitation to readers to join in the conversation by asking what they think.  It is my hope that my readers will adopt the same approach.  That instead of trying to position themselves as the singular expert – or as the official spokesperson for God – they will simply speak from their heart and their experience and receive what others readers might share in response.

In this way, we here at pastorcraigsmusings can offer the world a taste of what it so desperately needs: a model of how people from radically different places can be in conversation and authentic dialogue with each other while they extend and receive respect.

With that said, “What’s on your mind today?”

About Pastor Craig

I'm a 54-year-old who lives in Los Angeles, CA with his black Labrador Retriever named Max. I'm an ordained clergy person in the United Church of Christ. My passions include spirituality, politics, and sports (Go Houston teams, go!). I use my blog to start conversations rather than merely spout my perspectives and opinions. I hope you'll post a question, comment, or observation for me to respond - so we can get the conversation started!
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3 Responses to What’s On Your Mind?

  1. Beverly Marshall Saling says:

    What’s on my mind today is a discussion I was involved in elsewhere about how the biggest political conflict we face in this country today is between the belief that we must adopt a single, unified culture and belief system in order to get along and be able to trust each other, and the belief that the best thing for our country is to learn how to get along and work productively with people of different cultures and beliefs. In short, most of what we’re fighting about is whether people should be forced to adapt to one dominant “American” culture (and which it should be), or whether people should be forced to adapt to a multicultural nation in which their right to live as their culture dictates ends where others’ right to do so begins.

    Does your faith perspective suggest any answers for how this conflict might be respectfully resolved with a minimum of forcing anybody?

  2. Beverly Marshall Saling says:

    To clarify my question, here’s the best I can do to summarize the “one culture” position: “Our country should have one official language, one official religion, and one official culture that we organize everything around, and it should be the culture of our founding fathers. This is important so that it’s clear who wins when one culture conflicts with another. Not doing this has left us with a country too fractious to work together and move forward, where every election is dirty and bitter and every politician spends all their time undoing what the previous one did. It’s impossible to change that without picking one culture for people to rally around. People of other cultures and beliefs are welcome to live here, but they shouldn’t expect any laws or policies to support their way of life. If they want that, they should live in a country where that way of life is dominant.”

    How can we who prefer a multicultural society engage productively with people who believe this?

  3. ybabb001 says:

    Hi Craig, on this Memotial Day I have A ALOT ON MY mind– first off and foremost, Lin sorry that someone did damage to a place of worship in your community– which brings up my first question– “why do people hate the sin and NOT the sinner?” Does this not ask for forgiveness for anything?? I mean?? So you could commit ANY sin? And you’re forgiven??

    Second, non religious– Memorial Day is to honor our vetrans– whom I am grateful for their support of protecting our Country and freedoms- but as I read social media, there are many who feel that their freedom is the only the only freedom worthy– i.e. Standing for the National Anthem at school events– this bothers me so much- to make it required– there are many ways to show your Patriotism, and in these times of late– I understand the protest– silent as it may be– And having a husband and brother that Both served in the military — they fought for the freedom of choice– NOT to be mandated by the government-. To me, it does NOT dis respect our Armed Forces– it is using the freedoms for which they fought for .

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