Root&Source

Rev. Nathan DeMay

Inspiration, rantings, and prayers from Rev. Nathan DeMay.

The Methods of the Methodists

For the umpteenth time in its existence the united Methodist church is once again coming together (February 23) to discuss and determine how it will deal with LGBTQ people. Currently its Book of Discipline states that homosexuality is incompatible with...

The S Word

In modern religion we sometimes shy away from the word "sin." Personally I claim and use it often, not to note the breaking of taboos but rather serious moral failings. Diana Butler Bass, a Christian scholar and writer, speaks well to why and how we o...

Lilac Inferno

The recent extreme cold in the United States has taken the lives of some homeless people, and pushed cities to enlarge their offerings to help the overall homeless population. That 10 homeless people died in Chicago from this cold is deeply sad. But ...

A Prayer for Contentment

In 2019 I am working on minimizing my life’s clutter, physical, mental and spiritual. Part of this is the practice of gratitude, and certainly that includes an appreciation for what I have. I believe Marie Kondo and other such proponents of declutterin...

A Long Way to Go

Today we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His words, his challenges to us to align our lives with our professed values are, obviously, yet unrealized in full. I will let him speak for himself on this day, may we listen to him often, review our own ...

My Skill is Exhausted

Next month I will attend the Natural Spirituality Regional Gathering in Toccoa, Georgia for the second year. The name is a bit misleading-the focus of the event is Jungian dream work, a fascinating and deeply spiritual practice available to all. At t...

What Can a Man Get?

Recently Gillette ran an online ad challenging toxic masculinity, that is to say, groping, raping, violence, dehumanization etc. The gist was that these activities are not, to be old fashioned, gentlemanly. I would like to think that this is a pretty ...

Seeing, Believing

Yesterday I recounted a spiritual practice I sometimes use, inspired by the Buddhist metta meditation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mett%C4%81?wprov=sfti1). We all carry anxiety and judgment within us, and I’m certainly no exception. One way we expre...

Humpty Drumpty

About ten years ago I was president of my HOA board. I live in a gated community. For the first year and a half of living in the neighborhood, we had no gate because construction was ongoing. After the last house was finished, the gate went in. It of...

Happy New Year, Ain Freends

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne? (Nae, bairns!)