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Blog of the Grateful Bear

ramblings of a freelance panentheist {"all things are in God, and God is in all things"} . . . musings on Emergent spirituality, powerlifting, LGBTQueer issues, contemplative prayer, mysticism, cats, music, healing, and more. I like my coffee and my existentialism dark-roasted.

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Location: Marietta, Georgia, United States

I'm an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), in private practice in Marietta, Georgia. My writings on queer spirituality have been published in Whosoever and several other magazines. I live in a house-in-the-woods (Bear's Hermitage) in Marietta with Leonidas (Lenny) and Guy, Mighty Warrior Cats, and way too many books.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

BookLog: The Cross in the Closet

Is it possible to love and hate a book at the same time? Here is my response to the controversial new book by Timothy Kurek:
Love, Hate, and Solidarity: One Response to "The Cross in the Closet"
at Whosoever, An Online Magazine for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Christians.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

After Morning Prayer

Sometimes the Word of the Lord is found
not in the songs of the hymnal
or the prayers of the prayer book
or the words of the minister.

Sometimes the Word of the Lord is found
in the beauty of the grain
of the rough-hewn wood of the chapel

or the rustle of leaves
in the Autumn morning chill.

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Silent Prayer, With Crows

Sitting in silent prayer, I hear 
the caw-caw-caw of a crow in the forest 
and off in the distance the caw-caw-caw 
of another crow in response. 
The caws go on and on - 
a deep conversation for the crows - 
but instead of letting it be a distraction 
I choose to let each caw be a Call 
to return to the center, 
return to the One 
who meets me in the silence 
and in the caw-caw-caw of the forest.


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