Inspiration for the Journey

To Receive God's Love and Be God's Love

Jan 13, 2020
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A Holy Gaze

Dec 25, 2019
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Beyond Shame

Dec 22, 2019
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Living with Hope

Dec 8, 2019
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Living into God's Vision

Dec 2, 2019
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Choosing Attention in an Era of Distraction

Nov 7, 2019
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A Bigger Vision

Oct 28, 2019
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Growing in Faith

Oct 21, 2019
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One with Nature

Aug 5, 2019
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Jesus' Teaching on Prayer

Jul 29, 2019
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To Be a Neighbor

Jul 15, 2019
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Abiding with the Divine

May 28, 2019
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Meeting Jesus in the Garden – A Guided Meditation for the Easter Season

Apr 22, 2019
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Speaking the Truth in Love

Feb 13, 2019
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"Creating Your Final Chapter: Facing Death, Finding Peace"

Feb 4, 2019
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Relationships at the End of Life: Rev. Sue on Cape Ann TV

Nov 12, 2018
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Greeting the Day: Morning Spiritual Practice

Oct 17, 2018
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Just Peace Sunday Sermon: Living with Wisdom

Sep 17, 2018
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Be Doers of the Word

Sep 3, 2018
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Welcome Christ

Aug 28, 2018
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To Fully Rely on God

Aug 20, 2018
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Touched by An Angel

Aug 13, 2018
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Christian and Interfaith??

In “Beyond Resistance,” United Church of Christ President Rev. John Dorhauer writes, “Postmodern Christianity is also post-Christian… it is a way of expressing a fundamental commitment to the way of Jesus without any need or desire to see that as the only way or the better way.” (p.111) He continues, “In its place will be a church filled with disciples of Jesus who walk in his way, and who do their best to be faithful practitioners of that they understand him to have been.  They will be more comfortable with a seated Buddha on their desk or mantle than with a cross (have one on my desk). They will attend services at temple, synagogue, mosque, sweat lodge, and church. They will baptize those who find that meaningful...They will read from the Quran, the Bhagavad Gita, Confucius, the Vedas, and many other spiritual texts. They will consult spiritual directors, life coaches, mentors, rabbis, imams, priests, shamans, and others who demonstrate a capacity to put them in touch with the sacred.”


That’s the world I live in.


As a Hospice chaplain for eleven years, I learned the art of meeting people wherever they are on the spiritual journey.  I discovered that the practice of being a witness - someone who sees, listens, and is present in love - can be offered to anyone no matter what their religious background.  I discovered that at the end of a person’s life, what matters most is love - how the person loved and was loved during life. I observed that a person’s religious faith could sometimes contribute to living a life of love and sometimes detract from love, by creating fear and judgment.  I also observed that no two Christians or Jews or Hindus necessarily believe and value the same parts of their traditions; that a person’s faith was not necessarily constitutive of certain beliefs or practices. I even discovered that two mature religious people from different traditions might actually have more in common that two less mature folks from the same tradition.


When the opportunity arose for me to study at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City, I was surprised to discover how learning about different traditions contributed to my practice as a Christian. For example, learning Buddhist Metta Meditation helped me respond more calmly and compassionately when in intensely stressful situations.  I learned in a deep way how the practice of gratitude is common to all religious traditions, inviting me to make gratitude the foundation of my Christian spiritual life. Because of all that I have learned about other traditions and what is common to many traditions, I more deeply understand the interconnectedness of all people and creation. I am grateful for my experience of interfaith dialogue (which started when I was a chaplain at Wellesley College) because it has made me a wiser and more compassionate person, Christian, and minister.


Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault, M.Div. 

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