God Says Yes To Me by Kaylin Haught I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic and she said yes I asked her if it was okay to be short and she said it sure is I asked her if I could wear nail polish or not wear nail polish and she said … Continue reading Yes or no?
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 constantly discovering new answers to this question as "interfaith" can mean many things. Sometimes the word describe what happens when people of disparate religions come together for dialogue, hopefully for the sake of increased understanding and peace-building. For others, "interfaith" is a personal identifier, a way to explain a spiritual life that is rooted … Continue reading What does it mean to be an interfaith minister?
I've often struggled with prayer - at least the kind of prayer that consists of talking to something that I can't see. Add to that this crazy idea that something is listening to me and I can ask for things?? I don't know about that... Sounds pretty weird, right? I've preferred to engage with that which is greater than … Continue reading How do you pray?
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 am on this planet to help heal the world. By “healing” I don't mean simply repairing. I mean, imagine that your arms get cut off. Instead of just sewing up the wounds to scar over, your arms are replaced with wings. This is healing that isn't just filling a hole; it's planting new earth … Continue reading My Healing Manifesto
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