My mother sent me this article a few days ago.. Prayer Shaming and San Bernadino: Choosing Policy Over God "Prayer, it seems, is no longer a politically acceptable response to tragedy. Instead, we're being told to put our trust in something else." Ugh. This article sounds like a whiny baby wrote it. I feel exasperated writing this. … Continue reading Does prayer work?
I'm tired of waiting around. Aren't you? C'mon You take that corner I'll take this one And working together We'll lift the veil I can't do it without you C'mon, it'll be fun! We'll run like we did when we were kids As fast as we can Holding the veil behind us like a wide, … Continue reading You’re invited to: The Apocalypse
The emerging leaders session derailed a bit into of that intellectualism I mentioned before (believe me, I'm not an anti-intellectualist, I just think there's more to wisdom than the knowledge in our heads). After a well-intentioned but frustrating second session, I found myself in discussion with two other young people about why this had happened. … Continue reading Are we just a bunch of people talking about social action who simply happen to be people of faith?
I'm not sure what transpired at the previous Parliaments, but from the descriptions on the website (www.parliamentofreligions.org), it appears that social justice has become a greater and greater focus over the last 22 years (during this time, four Parliaments have been held before this one). Sure, you've got your information sessions, performances, demonstrations, etc. but all of … Continue reading Could this Parliament of World Religions be the tipping point for shifting the consciousness of humanity?
Wow, what a full two days it's been! I feel like I've been here for a week already. I have so many impressions upon my mind and my heart... so many small stories... even a few prayers answered. Too much to tell, too much to feel really. Interfaith Education and Dialogue The Parliament of World … Continue reading What happens at the Parliament of World Religions?
I just watched this video on a non-politician running to be Mayor of San Francisco. It seems crazy: why would someone who doesn't even think he'll win, or maybe even want to win, run for political office? If you run for office, your goal is to win, right? That would be success, right? Well, I'm not so sure. As Stuart … Continue reading Goals
In a matter of days, I shall be ordained as an interfaith-interspiritual minister. This grants me the title of “Reverend.” The Reverend Chelsea MacMillan. Whoa. When I began seminary, I was pretty resistant to this word. Reverend. I thought it too Christian, too laden with baggage from myself and others. I was sure I would … Continue reading What does it mean to be a minister?
It's been a while since I've posted a blog! So much has been going on with the end of seminary work that I've barely had time to write anything extra. That being said, even though I'm done with all of my assignments (YAY!), I want to post some work that I've done for seminary - … Continue reading Funeral for the Earth
As the homework due this weekend is an inspirational talk/sermon (homework that I still haven't written because I can't find that thread of inspiration from which to weave a 20minute talk!), a dream I had about two months ago is re-sparked in my mind's eye... I dreamed that I was some sort of conference with … Continue reading What do you want to say?
I could probably write a novel on my personal experience with burnout, but I won't because I simply don't have the time. I'm in seminary and a sound healing program; I work for a nonprofit, at a restaurant, and for myself as a healer and coach; I live in a collective household and must devote … Continue reading Anatomy of a burned-out sacred activist