On HB1840
May11

On HB1840

On April 27, 2016, the governor of Tennessee signed into law House Bill 1840, which “declares that no person providing counseling or therapy services will be required to counsel or serve a client as to goals, outcomes, or behaviors that conflict with the sincerely held principles of the counselor or therapist; requires such counselor or therapist to refer the client to another counselor or therapist; creates immunity for such...

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Falwell Jr., Muslims, Trump, and the Layer Cake
Jan27

Falwell Jr., Muslims, Trump, and the Layer Cake

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, by now you’ve heard about Liberty University President, Jerry Falwell, Jr., son of the late Moral Majority founder, making anti-Muslim remarks and gesturing to the handgun he was carrying during a chapel speech to Liberty University Students. Referring to the 2015 San Bernardino shooting, Falwell Jr. said that if those who’d been attacked “had what I have got in my back...

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SCOTUS & Same-Sex Marriage: Reflections on Christianity, Psychotherapy, and Fatherhood
Jul01

SCOTUS & Same-Sex Marriage: Reflections on Christianity, Psychotherapy, and Fatherhood

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  To date, I’ve not spent much time publicly discussing my thoughts regarding the intersection of Christianity and homosexuality.  This is true because it is my general opinion that this kind of meta-discourse can be unproductive at best, and destructive at worst.  The last time I wrote about it was this piece for the Huffington Post over two years ago.  <SIGH> Yet, the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing...

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Parker Palmer: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes
Apr08

Parker Palmer: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes

Parker J. Palmer is an author, educator, and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change, with nearly 10 books and countless articles to his credit.  He is also the founder of the Seattle, WA-based Center for Courage and Renewal, whose mission “is to create a more just, compassionate and healthy world by nurturing personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on...

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36 for 36…
Mar30

36 for 36…

Today is my 36th birthday.  Here are 36 things I’ve learned over the course of my lifetime in no particular order, with nods to those of you who’ve helped me realize these things — you know who you are!   Stay tuned in April for the return of the Interviews with Spiritual Heroes series! There is no way to avoid screwing up my kids. It is a question of degrees. Being oriented to life primarily around “right vs. wrong”...

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