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Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar was a master of the sitar, a traditional Indian instrument. I recently “discovered” his music, or better said the Amazon Music algorithm discovered Shankar for me. Ever since I have been listening to his music which is what I can describe as a type of Indian classical jazz. He generally performs in a…More

Spirituality and Depression

I wonder sometimes if melancholic/depressed people simply have a enhanced spiritual sense of being separated from God? Let me be clear depression is a serious and real mental illness based on chemical imbalances in the brain. What I am trying to say is that I have observed people during my lifetime who tend to be…More

My approach to pastoral care

I am appointed by The United Methodist Church in an extension ministry as chaplain to Methodist Charlton Medical Center (MCMC). I grew us as a Roman Catholic and converted in my teens to Pentecostalism. In my twenties I became aware of United Methodism through my marriage.  The emphasis on the various dimensions of grace which…More

Suffering and Grace?

I recently was pointed to the movie “Ram Dass – Going Home” by the Netflix algorithm.  The short 30 minute movie features Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert) sharing thoughts on his life after suffering from a stroke.  Ram Dass died in 2019 and was a widely recognized spiritual teacher in the US popularizing eastern spirituality…More


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