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Happy Baptism Renewal Day

“Remember your baptism and be thankful!” Happy Sunday!  This Sunday is traditionally held as the day where Christian baptism is remembered.   Of course, many who are baptized as babies likely won’t remember back that far.  Fear not, because thinking back on the moment itself isn’t necessary. Today, the point is to dwell in that special […]

January 10, 2016 in Edify by

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How2: Spiritual Assessment in 3 Easy Steps. With Video!

Accurate assessment (or evaluation) is an essential first step in providing care… whether as an official ministrant or unofficially, as a caring friend. It helps you know where to help, by figuring out what area is really troubling someone.  Watch our intro video, and consider these Three Steps to Success: Step 1: Choose a Framework.  While there are […]

August 15, 2015 in How2 by

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How2: Prepare Vocally. 3 Videos from a Coach!

Not just for ministrants… this is useful for anyone in a public forum.  Learn how YOU can be more successful, when speaking in front of others. You may have worked hours on your speech or sermon.  It’s time to take it the next step. Simply invest a few minutes in these three videos from public speaking coach Richard Butterfield: Part […]

August 15, 2015 in How2 by

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How2: Creating a Wall Montage. 5 Steps with Pictures!

Do you have a collection of items that call for display, but limited wall space to give each one an individual wall? Ever tried a wall montage but been disappointed with the result? Us too! So, we asked a professional. Now, follow us as we watch an interior designer with over 25 years of experience step us through […]

August 14, 2015 in How2 by

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TBC – What it Is!

Some folks are scratching their heads, asking, “What’s TBC?”  Others haven’t heard even a whisper yet.  If you haven’t heard of TBC, you can bet that you will, at some point.  And, depending on the point of view of the writer, what you’re likely to hear will have quite a slant…  in the Bay Area, that slant might be […]

May 17, 2015 in Edify by

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Silent Night – The Unsung Verse (Sermon)

A Christmastide Sermon Burlingame United Methodist Church December 28, 2014 Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth     Listen to Sermon Here I love Christmas carols… they tell stories. We all love a good story, and one thing that sets Christmas apart is the most wonderful story, for at the heart of Christianity is a story of […]

January 10, 2015 in Edify by

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WebGem: This Present Moment, This New Year!

Our January WebGem was selected because of how much fun Rev. Keck has reminding us about life, authenticity and the story of Martha. It’s a great way to start the New Year! Grateful thanks to Rev. Dr. Jim Keck, and First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, NE for allowing us to share this sermon with you […]

January 1, 2015 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Edify by

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WebGem: Disagreeing with Martin Luther

This WebGem was selected because of how beautifully Rev. Keck delves into this book for us. He brings in Jung, love, feminism, and awakens us to how this book – and our lives – are filled with synchronicities. Grateful thanks to Rev. Dr. Jim Keck, and First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, NE for allowing us […]

December 1, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Edify by

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WebGem: Suffering as Poetry?!?

Our November WebGem was selected because of how beautifully Rev. Keck delves into the Book of Job – a book that delves into suffering but that can be a bit hard to interpret: Grateful thanks to Rev. Dr. Jim Keck, and First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, NE for allowing us to share this sermon on Job. […]

November 1, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Edify, WebGems by

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The Healer’s Path Class – Welcome Page

Access to all lessons is at the bottom of this page – scroll down after reading ALL directions. WELCOME!  You’ve taken the critical first step along The Healer’s Path. Now, let’s make sure you have what you need to succeed. To be successful you will need three things. First, you will need the physical tools […]

October 11, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class: 8 – Creation Care

Session Objectives: Deepen your understanding of your role as a caretaker of all of God’s creation; discover what it means to be “green,” gaining confidence conveying creation care concepts to others; make convincing cases for taking a long-term view; garner new ideas for stopping/preventing harmful activities; and feel the joy that comes from following God’s […]

October 10, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class: 7 – Beyond Tolerance

  Session Objectives – Beyond Tolerance: Explore & expand the boundaries of compassion, opening new avenues for kinship and neighboring. Grow in self-awareness, asking, “whom do I barely tolerate?” Experience first-hand testimonials of the “othering” (setting apart, shunning) experience, including the connection between such shunning and suicide. Work more easily across historic barriers as you grow key […]

October 10, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class 10 – Communication

Session Objectives: Communication is key, in the 21st century! Gain skills that will help you immediately… You’ll learn to: analyze & respond to attacks nonviolently; communicate more effectively with those who are suffering; discuss uncomfortable subjects with greater ease; access nuanced language for trigger-topic subjects; and embrace the positive effects of using varied God language. […]

October 10, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class: 6 – Beginner’s Mind

Session  Objectives: Master the art of the invitation, communicating easily with beginners and those who feel “left outside.” Embrace your mentorship role as a master of an art, enhancing your own creativity while finding joy in bringing out the creativity in others. ~ Back ~*~ Next ~ About The Course: The Healer’s Path was created […]

October 10, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class 5 – Start Within Assessment Section (Self Discovery Through Feedback)

  Objectives for Session 5, “Start Within II: Self-Discovery Through Feedback” Gain greater self-awareness; gather & use feedback of a personal nature that will help you grow as an open-hearted “shalom” person. ~ Back ~*~ Next ~ ###### About The Course: The Healer’s Path was created by Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth in cooperation with Bakke […]

October 10, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class 4 – Start Within I: Interior Landscape)

Objectives for Session 4, “Start Within Session I – Interior Landscape” Grow as an open-hearted “Shalom Person; gain greater self-awareness & learn spiritual self-care; cultivate mental flexibility & presence, learn teachable techniques for taking control of one’s thoughts; grow your conflict resolution, mediation & arbitration skills; access proven tools for stress reduction that they can […]

October 10, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class: 3 – Models

Session 3, Models Then & Now, Objectives: During this session you will find wisdom in the stories of those who go before, gaining grounding in the “Way of the Healer’s Path.” These are inspiring, relatable stories that will linvigorate you now, and that you can share, as you experience yourself as the new hands & feet of […]

October 10, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class: 2 – Methodology

Session Objectives: Explore & expand your vision; learn a framework for transformational change, sharing the wisdom & experience of Jimmy Carter; grow your leadership effectiveness; apply this methodology to diverse areas; understand when to invent versus adopt; gain a framework for more productive partnerships; appreciate more fully your own special skills; gain a new appreciation […]

October 10, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class: 1 – Foundations!

Session 1 Objectives:  The Theology that forms the basis of the Healer’s Path, sometimes called “nonharming ministry,” draws from a rich diversity of approaches developed so far within the fields of religious studies, applied ministry and chaplaincy, and also from disciplines outside the religious framework, including social entrepreneurship, biomedical ethics, and various fields within psychology.  During Session 1 you will explore these […]

October 10, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class: 9 – Minister as Healer

Objectives for Session 10, Minister as Healer: Define minister as healer, to: know the key components of healing prayer; rediscover truths in Dante’s Inferno; explore the connection: life & motion; gain fresh perspectives on gospel healing stories; avoid key pitfalls in the healer’s path; appreciate your mentorship and master/beginner role as applies to healing; delve into the […]

October 8, 2014 in Edify by

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Healer’s Path – Assignments Overview, Readings & Media

    NOTE TO STUDENTS We always strive to balance between not overwhelming you with content, but providing you with a firm foundation in the discipline.  With that in mind, as you move through this class, if you feel there is something that should be considered by the instructor for inclusion in future classes, please jot down […]

September 25, 2014 in Edify by

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Healer’s Path Class – Exegetical Exercise

Objectives: During this exercise, you will gain the skill of analying sacred scripture – exegesis – using a Healer’s Path framework. ### About The Course: The Healer’s Path was created by Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth in cooperation with Bakke Graduate University and Union University International to equip students with the tools they need when working to bring […]

January 14, 2014 in Edify by

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Jesus, Buddha & the Cessation of Suffering

This post is part of a series on Jesus’ Teaching in Buddhist Terminology. Both Jesus and The Buddha taught about the suffering we may experience in life, and the path out of that suffering.  The Noble Eightfold Path (right view, intention, speech, action, livelihood, effort, mindfulness and concentration) is the way to liberation from suffering outlined by […]

August 26, 2013 in Edify by

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Jesus on Nonviolence

This post is not meant as a standalone, but as part of a series on Jesus’ Teaching in Buddhist Terminology. Jesus was filled with wisdom on how to walk this earth without doing harm. He lived and taught creative nonviolence and nonjudging. His message was not simply to love our friends, but our enemies. We are to love […]

August 26, 2013 in Edify, Peacemaking by

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Jesus, Buddha and Right Speech

This post is part of a series on Jesus’ Teaching in Buddhist Terminology. Both Jesus and the Buddha taught Mindful Speech, also known as right speech.  In a nutshell, the dharma of right speech is about refraining from speech that will do harm, and speaking with loving kindness. Here’s what Jesus said, recorded in the Gospel of Matthew: […]

August 26, 2013 in Edify by

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WebDef: Beatitudes – Jesus’ Eight Happinesses

Beatitude /bēˈati’to͞od/- Noun: State of supreme happiness or blessedness. In addition to teaching through is own example of loving, nonviolent service, Jesus’ main teaching came in the form of questions, parables and a few large public sermons.  The Gospel of Matthew sums up Jesus’ official teaching in The Sermon on the Mount. Inside this sermon are the […]

August 26, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Edify, WebDefs by

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Jesus and the Dharma of Metta

This post is part of a series on Jesus’ Teaching in Buddhist Terminology. Practicing love even to those who hate you and would wish you harm… that’s what the Buddhists call Metta, or loving-kindness! Typical Buddhist Metta practice allows us to wish ourselves well as we wish others well: may I / you / friends / enemies […]

August 25, 2013 in Edify by

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Jesus in Buddhist Language

This post includes links to others in a series on Jesus’ Teaching in Buddhist Terminology. Until I am enlightened, I go for refuge to Jesus, Dharma and Sangha. With God’s grace and through the virtue I create by practicing giving and the other perfections, may I become a beacon of light to benefit all sentient beings. Jesus […]

August 23, 2013 in Edify by

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The JesusSangha

This post is part of a series on Jesus’ Teaching in Buddhist Terminology. Sangha is a Sanskrit word for a group or association  with a common purpose for gathering. That’s it. In the past, this Sanskrit  word has been used more commonly in Buddhist circles. It connotes a supportive gathering of a group on a spiritual path together. […]

August 22, 2013 in Edify by

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How2: Learn Morse Code. With PDFs

Morse Code is a system of dots and dashes that uses very little power to carry your message great distances.  It doesn’t rely on the internet. It takes very little bandwidth, so many users can share the space. When you need a reliable way of communicating across the world, Morse Code is a great choice.  That’s why mariners have relied on […]

August 18, 2013 in How2 by

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A Path to Christian Faith

Steps to Faith – want it – pray for it – study it If you would like faith but don’t know where to begin, then this is the webpage for you.  There are three simple steps to have faith: FIRST – Want it  – the first step is to want it. If you don’t want […]

November 24, 2011 in Edify by

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How2: Apologetics. 3 Easy Steps & Book List.

We all get the question: IF there’s a God and God is good, AND if God isn’t impotent, THEN why all this suffering? Standing up to these tough questions – affirming a God of love in the face of deep suffering, injustice or apparent evil – is called theodicy. Affirming a particular path to God, […]

May 14, 2010 in How2 by

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Chastity, Poverty and Obedience

Three well known vows of commitment in the church, also known as the three evangelical counsels or three counsels of perfection, are: chastity, poverty, and obedience.   This arose from Jesus’ advice to the rich person who was already following the commandments, which was enough to get into heaven. Jesus said: if you wish to be “perfect” (τελειος) sell […]

December 16, 2009 in Edify, Featured Articles by

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Healer’s Path Classes

  ### Additional Information About The Course: The Healer’s Path was created by Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth in cooperation with Bakke Graduate University and Union University International to equip students with the tools they need when working to bring healing and transformational change in their various spheres of influence.  As implemented at BGU, the course […]

March 12, 1999 in Edify by

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