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RELIGION AND SCIENCE

Much about the relationship between religion and science can be explained by remembering that religion focuses primarily on Creation’s presence in God, whereas science focuses primarily on God’s presence in Creation. Where the two overlap is of endless intrigue.

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Gaza Is My Homeland

During the last 25 years I have traveled to Gaza a dozen times to consult with the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme. My (Jewish) wife has been there four times. We are both frustrated at the negative views of Gaza in the mainstream media. So the following is a song dedicated to the people of Gaza, with whom we have worked and played.

https://youtu.be/45WdIwf2oRs

Please share it with as many people as possible.

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WILDERNESS TRIPPING

Backpacking usually involves walking as fast as is sustainable to a campsite, putting up the tent, cooking the dinner, and going to bed. Repeat the next day.

But sometimes it’s different. Recently, following a skiing accident in February, I was warned by my arthropod not to do any vertical hiking. Rather than joining my wife on her hejira to Black And White Lakes, I simply walked another four miles up the trail (very level). As I walked very slowly, stopping regularly to take in the forest, my awareness transformed. After about twenty minutes I felt like I was stoned. After forty, like I was tripping. After an hour, I became part of the forest.

Rivulets excited me and got my heart pumping. The breezes freshened my soul. The rock under my feet felt like divine support. The trees came alive and began to speak.

Rivulets, streams, and rivers are the circulatory system of the forest. Breeze and wind are its breath. Rock is the foundation of it all. My body was linking up with the forest, like a bird released into the wild. The forest dynamics at work that I saw, heard, felt, and inhaled blended with—became—my body. I was one with the forest. Movement seemed a violation.

I encourage everyone to do this. You will understand why so many of us are vehemently protective of nature. You will discover the wisdom of those who were at one with the environment before we came and trashed it all. It will nourish your soul.

Wilderness tripping is transformative and legal!

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Religion

Religions that disparage religions aren’t religions

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HOW TO INCITE TERRORISM

  1. Demonize anyone who disagrees with you
  2. Accuse those who disagree as imminent threats to everyone’s existence
  3. Ensure that weapons are available to anyone who wants them

Sound familiar?

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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in this post is a photo of the glaciers in 2010 on mount anderson in the olympic national park. the next post will be as they are today.SV300183

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A Christian Plea For Help In Gaza

This is an interview that I conducted with Rana Ayyad in Gaza in Novermber of 2014, following the 55 day invasion by Israel in August 2014. I met Rana in 1991 when we worked alongside each other at the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme. She continues to work there and is an integral part of their mission.

The interview is on YouTube at:

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Children and Trauma

Check this video for a report on the effects of war on children:

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