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Ray Charles and His Gift of America

By Caroline Fairless | July 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

The 4th of July holiday has always been a difficult one for me, for reasons I will name below. But because of the public nature of my work, I have never been able to pretend it away. During the many years I was an active clergy person, and despite underground grumbles of “separation of church Read More…

White Pines, Slugs, And a Wayfinding

By Caroline Fairless | June 28, 2017 | 1 Comment

Before I address the fact that I’ve not posted in a long time, I want to share a story. My three rescue dogs and I walk through our woodlands three times a day, maybe four, maybe more, depending on how the day is unfolding. We walk through a predominantly white pine forest, with some birch, Read More…

To Know Them By Name

By Caroline Fairless | February 24, 2017 | 1 Comment

The early 14th century Sufi poet Hafiz writes: Listen to the music. I am the concert that flows from the mouth of every creature, singing with the myriad chords. The story from The Daily Good to which this verse was attached was titled Singing to Tomatoes, and it caught my fancy. I am enthralled with Read More…

Citizen of Earth

By Caroline Fairless | February 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Francis Bellamy was a Christian socialist minister ousted from his own pulpit for espousing Jesus as a socialist, and preaching against the evils of capitalism. Maybe this is new news for some of us, but Bellamy’s original version of The Pledge of Allegiance was intended for citizens of any country. I pledge allegiance to my Read More…

Eco-Justice and Social Justice, Entangled

By Caroline Fairless | July 30, 2016 | 2 Comments

I have said many times in my writings and teaching that it is not possible to address the issue of human social justice without embedding it in the broader concept of eco-justice. Not is it possible to address the issue of human diversity without embedding it in the concept of biodiversity. The reason I say Read More…

There is no “We” in White

By Caroline Fairless | July 9, 2016 | 1 Comment

I can’t seem to find my starting point today, the week of Alton Sterling’s killing in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile’s killing in Minnesota, and now the fatal shootings in Dallas. So I’ll begin with what I know. The planet – the biosphere – is a web, interconnected, and interdependent. Everything provides sustenance – and Read More…

Sacred Water ~ Sacred Ritual

By Caroline Fairless | March 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Because I am convinced that it’s through ritual designed for what people are calling the new narrative that we come to know earth and water, creature, air, and fire as sacred, deserving of our most respectful and devout care, I’d like to share with you a ritual for the coming of spring. A group of Read More…

Getting to Know You ~ Sense of Place Part IX

By Caroline Fairless | March 2, 2016 | 2 Comments

I once thought that my husband Jim and I had bought and therefore owned this beautiful land parcel in Central New Hampshire. But over the years we’ve lived here, the idea that we actually own the land we walk – or any other land, for that matter – has become increasingly untenable. We do not Read More…

To Re-establish Kinship ~ Sense of Place Part VIII

By Caroline Fairless | December 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

To Re-establish Kinship As pastor of a California congregation whose commitment was to the development of a paradigm for multi-generational worship, the challenge for me was to honor the traditional practices of the church while at the same time redesigning the elements of the ritual in such a way that any one, of any age Read More…

A Sense of Place Part VII ~ Coming Home

By Caroline Fairless | October 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lori Arviso Alvord is the first Navajo woman surgeon. In her book The Scalpel and the Silver Bear she chronicles her wayfinding, first to Dartmouth College as an undergraduate, then to Stanford Medical School. Born of a Navajo father and a “blond-haired, blue-eyed, and very attractive” mother, there was not ever a time that Lori Read More…