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June 2011 Archives

Letter from a Teacher

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I have learned from many teachers and Mentors during Project Conversion thus far. One such teacher, Rev. Susan Ulrich, was my World Religions instructor during the 2011 Spring Semester at a local community college. She asked if she could write a guest […]

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Faiths on the Fringe

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What are the chances that Fringe Month would actually reflect myself outside of faith? Andrew on the Fringe. I have made numerous discoveries, faced serious challenges, and I think we’ve grown stronger as a community through this month’s experiences. Thanks for hanging […]

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Down to the River.

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For those of you who follow Project Conversion regularly, you know what the Lumber River is and why I visit. The river is my holy ground, a sanctuary, my spiritual forge… A black, winding, mirror. I’m going to the river […]

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What If I Settled Down…?

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I love this Congregation. In fact, I love it so much that I’m considering getting t-shirts made. One of my favorite aspects of Project Conversion is how the community nourishes one another. This initiative has even motivated Congregation members like Lauren Elizabeth and Niki […]

Surgery and Prayer.

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Sleep wasn’t an option last night, but a gesture. You see, my daughter undergoes surgery in two hours to have her tonsils removed. I fear needles, blood, and anything hospital-related. My wife is a nurse and so even the low probability […]

Storytime: “The Siege”

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Once upon a time, I was a storyteller. All of our religious traditions use the power of fiction and metaphor to illustrate truth. Here is a short story I wrote last year called “The Siege”. I hope it gives you […]

Cults: Putting a Stereotype to Rest

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My wife, whom you all now know and love, recently joined a new church here in town. This church is what you would call “contemporary.” All this really means is that everything about the establishment–from the music, the dress code(there […]

Father’s Day

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The definition of a father is different for everyone. For some, he’s the guy who fixes things and protector of the home. To others, he’s master of the camping trip and killer of bedtime monsters. And to some, perhaps their […]

Project Conversion Lite

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Man these posts have been heavy lately, huh? I’m always up for some intense theological weight lifting, but every once in a while, it’s good to have a laugh. Today I decided to throw up a few good-humored religious images to […]

God on Trial

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I feel blasphemous just writing the title of this post, but it is June after all and this month we are occupying the fringe of religious thought. God on trial though…asking–no, demanding–the all-powerful, all-mighty creator of the universe to stand for […]

Our Congregation: A City on the Hill?

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…Or just a motley crew? What is a congregation anyway? Webster’s Dictionary states: 1) A: an assembly of persons; especially an assembly of persons met for worship and religious instruction. B: a religious community usually organized in a particular locality. I […]

Afterlife: End of the Ride?

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When I was a kid I spent more time at my paternal grandparent’s home than I did my own. I would sprint across my front yard with my mother looking on, and made my way toward my grandmother, who greeted […]

Alone on the Edge. Wanna Come?

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I just spent the last hour on the phone telling one of my best friends and Buddhist Mentor that I’m losing my mind. Best Friend: “What’s going on, man?” Andrew: “I’m having independent thought, and I’m going nuts.” Best Friend: “Well […]

Old-Time Medicine

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My plan this week was to focus on my Lumbee heritage. In order to kick off my research, I wanted to take my daughters to the local university museum of Lumbee culture. Turns out, that’s not happening. My oldest daughter […]

The Agony of Identity

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Who am I? I suppose an alternative name for June is “Identity.” All of us ask this question, to ourselves and others, at least once in our lives. This seemingly innocuous, simplistic question is fundamental, and yet produces some of […]

Project Conversion: Redux

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Good morning, Congregation. The last few weeks have been interesting, haven’t they? In fact, I think the project is getting better. We have become wiser, more candid, and shared more than ever before. That means something phenomenal is happening… Trust. Whenever I […]

My Cheating Mind

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I cannot sleep. Thoughts have settled upon my vulnerable, drowsy mind like a steady snow for hours. It’s now 4 a.m. I’m thinking about cheating. An email from one of our Congregation members sowed the seed of temptation when he said that, while […]

Project Conversion: Testimony of a Wife

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The question I get asked the most regarding Project Conversion: What do you think of it? I’m going to be completely honest here…personally, I hate it. I love the concept and the purpose of PC. I love anything that will […]

Fringe Month: What is that?

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I’ve seen comments on forums where people actually Googled “Fringe” as a religion. Okay, in all fairness I do have the other religions listed by name. I’ll give you that. But I thought it was funny. Fringe month will cover […]

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