Author Archives: Rev Kev

Church, State, and Compassion

In a 2016 survey by the Pew Research Center, 23% of Americans said they have no religious affiliation, up from 16% in 2007. In 2017, 59% said it is not necessary to believe in God in order to be moral … Continue reading

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Which Lotus Are You?

I didn’t know much about lotus plants when I started learning meditation. I knew they were deeply symbolic to Buddhists, but I didn’t really know why. One day, my meditation teacher — a Buddhist monk from Thailand — shared with … Continue reading

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Dementia and Self-Awareness

My mother’s second husband died last month. Walter Bahr had been a member of the family for 32 years, having married my mom five years after my dad died. Walt was diagnosed with dementia ten years ago (they said he’d probably … Continue reading

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A Chaplain’s View of the Right to Die

I routinely ask my hospice patients whether they are afraid of either death or the dying process. There is usually no fear of death, but there is often fear of suffering, of being a burden, or of the loss of … Continue reading

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The Easiest Way To Change Your Life

Frustrating, isn’t it? You decide to lose some weight and work reallyreallyreally hard for six straight weeks. No extra sugar, no white food, and a committed exercise program every day for at least 30 minutes … and the numbers on … Continue reading

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Spiritual Atheism

A few years ago I had a phone conversation with a former business colleague who was having difficulty believing that I had left my consulting career and enrolled in seminary. He said I was “too rational to believe in God.” … Continue reading

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Thoughts

I was sitting in my magic chair the other morning, thoroughly enjoying the peace and serenity that comes from that chair. It was handed down to me by my mother, and is my favorite place to go for some quiet … Continue reading

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