A new series has begun in Ordinary Life. I'm calling it "Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic." After years giving talks designed to combat the dangers of "fundamentalism" by speaking about matters of spiritual and religious literacy, I want to move from speaking about informational and knowledge matters to the realm of understanding and wisdom in more specific ways. My intent is to spend some time talking about what some spiritual teachers refer to as "perennial wisdom" and also to the rationale for picking a particular religious and spiritual path to walk. The tradition I work from is that taught by Jesus and he is, of course, the revolutionary mystic I am referring to in the title of the series.
We, there were six of us from the St. Paul's community, have completed our pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella. You can read about it, as well as see some of the photographs taken along the way, by going to the "Pilgrimage Trip" menu item on this site.
Since one of the things the new series is going to be able has to do with psychological and spiritual development, you might want to check out some models for ego and self development. You will find them on the Extraordinary Matters page. Also be sure to check our Rohr's concept of "the Cosmic Egg," go to
A new blog page has been added to this site. It will be devoted to teachings about having a "daily spiritual practice."
The Ordinary Life class has generously supported many endeavors over the years. One of these is the Global Aids Interfaith Alliance. Recently we received a full report of what your contributions do. See the recent post under Extraordinary Matters
New to this site, under "extraordinary matters" you can now find a version of the "announcement slides" used at the beginning of Ordinary Life. Some people requested access to the cartoons.
Also, Paul Jones, our Endowment speaker from last year has had an article published on the importance of "fact checking" to gain higher truth. I encourage you to read it.
Everyone is welcome at Ordinary Life. I hope you'll join the journey.
Dr. Bill Kerley
I like to think of myself as someone who knows the principles and practices that people can use to enhance and enlarge every aspect of their lives.
What is "Ordinary Life" all about?
Every dissatisfaction we have with our lives is a result of a conflict between what is actually true and what we believe to be true. When we learn to give up beliefs about how life "ought to be", we are given brand new possibilities for living life as it is - right then and there!
This "letting go" process is not easy because we have spent a lifetime coming to believe that the life we want/deserve is "out there" somewhere. Or, we have come to believe that because of certain events and experiences in our past, our lives are destined to "be" a certain way.
Among other things, the Ordinary Life class will focus on:
• What it means to be alive and aware.
• More on the gospel of Jesus than the Jesus of the gospels.
• More on being the way than the way to be.
• And on the principles and practices we can put in place in our lives to experience these things and not just know about them.
This is not a class for the faint of heart but for those who are willing to be involved in the journey to wholeness by living life as it is, for those who are willing to have the courage to be themselves. If you are interested in these benefits, this could be the class for you.
We meet at 9:45 a.m. on Sundays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Fondren Hall, second floor of the Jones Building.
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