It's About Time

ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life

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Summary for January 20, 2019

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Dear Folks -

Though my teachings will still reflect that we are living in the gap between the “no-longer” and the “not-yet,” I introduced this week a new theme for going forward -

“It’s About Time.”

Wise and useful spiritual work is always being present, paying attention to the now, showing up. What does it mean in this time and place to be a person of faith.

It is also time that we brought our religious doctrines and spiritual understandings in the the present era rather than allow them to languish in some pre-Copernican darkness.

The central theme of the teaching of Jesus is something he referred to as “the kingdom of God.” Sadly, the way it has been taught most people have come to think of this “kingdom” to be something one might enter after death or must strive to attain or created in this world. Jesus taught none of this. The kingdom of God is not a place we get to. It is a place we come from. The spiritual journey is one we make with Divine Presence, not to Divine Presence.

This is a very brief summary of the talk I offered in Ordinary Life this week.

You can read or download the text from which we spoke, view the presentation slides, listen to the audio of the talk and/or watch the video of the talk using the links below.

If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.

Be well and much love,

Bill Kerley

To read or download the text of the talk, click here.

To view or download the presentation slides, click here.

To listen to or download the audio version of the talk, use the link below.


Awakening Our Hearts and Minds With and By Compassion

ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life

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Summary for January 13, 2019

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Dear Folks -

On January 6 attendees at Ordinary Life were asked to fill out cards with questions and comments about the teachings I have been offering in Ordinary Life. The response was significant. Holly Hudley collected and, then, categorized the many questions and comments that were offered. Broadly the major areas the questions addressed were - God, politics and religion, the problem of suffering and spiritual practice. Holly and I met for hours and decided to co-teach this past week’s Ordinary Life. We called it -

Opening Our Hearts and Minds With and By Compassion

We began the time with a visual parable about a therapy horse named Peyo. If you would like to read about this amazing animal and see the video, you can do so by clicking here

You can read or download the text from which we spoke, view the presentation slides, listen to the audio of the talk and/or watch the video of the talk using the links below.

By the way, we have renewed our commitment to writing weekly blog posts. Between myself, Holly Hudley, and Brooke Summers-Perry, we hope to bring you meaningful reflections relevant to the content of weekly lectures and to our general spiritual growth. Click the green button below to redirect to the blog.

If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.

Be well and much love,

Bill Kerley

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Understanding and Undergoing Our Transforming and Ever-Broadening Edges

ORDINARY LIFE - Thoughts and Ideas to Help You Live a Happier Life

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Summary for January 6, 2019

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Dear Folks -

This week’s talk in Ordinary Life began by my talking about ways I see my teachings to have remained consistent over the past half-century. I’m still committed to the notion that we are to be involved in the process of becoming centers of freedom and love. And, to the view that both the central truth of and for spiritual practice is paying attention to and developing the resources to be present to “what is”. Being non-judgmental and inclusive plays a huge role in this.

What is different now is both the way I understand both myself and the cosmos in which we live. Because of this all of our understandings about matters both religious and spiritual are different - or need to be.

I still want to teach about Jesus because we live in a culture, in the United States, where people know about Jesus but don’t know Jesus. He and his teachings are misused in ways he himself would never recognize.

Now also I see that the goal of our spiritual practice is to help us see through the deceptions of the self and the world so that we can get in touch with the Sacred both within us and around us. We have been taught, to quote Richard Rohr, what to see and not how to see.

That is a very brief summary of the talk. I called it -

Understanding and Undergoing Our Transforming and Ever-Broadening Edges

You can read or download the text from which I spoke, view the presentation slides, listen to the audio of the talk and/or watch the video of the talk using the links below.

If you are reading this, I want you to know how grateful I am for and to you.

Be well and much love,


Bill Kerley

To read or download the text of the talk, click here.

To view or download the presentation slides, click here.

To listen to the audio version of the talk, use the link below.

To watch the video recording of the January 6, 2019 class, use the video player below.


A Cosmological Conversation

Dear Folks,

There is no text version of the presentation made by myself and Holly Hudley on December 23. You can, using the links below either listen to or view the presentation. We called it -

A Cosmological Conversation

Holly and I talked together about how recent discoveries about the nature of our cosmos are causing us to rethink everything. Holly, who is working on an advanced degree in “Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness,” talked about the need for a new and more metaphorical language and understanding in our effort to describe “spiritual matters.” We spoke also about the need for openness and honesty in raising questions about what are considered traditional “religious categories.” I hope you take the time either to listen or view that conversation.

I also hope that you have a safe and renewing time during the remainder of these holidays. These are hard times for many people on this planet. Harder than most of us can imagine. Though I will continue to speak to the theme I have this year - Living Between The “No-Longer” and the “Not-Yet” - I will be using a different umbrella phrase: “It’s About Time.”

That phrase contains so much: The life we seek and hope for is about time - being present. It is also about time that we both question and change policies and practices that have created and continue to contribute to “the mess we are in” both as a culture and a globe. This is what I will be elaborating on as we go forward through 2019. I look forward to seeing you with Ordinary Life resumes next year.

In the mean time, may peace, love, hope, joy, patience and humility grace our lives and may we, in turn, grace the lives of others.

I am pleased to announce that Ordinary Life is now live-streamed every Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. Central Time. If you are unable to attend in person or live away from Houston, simply go to the Ordinary Life web site, www.ordinarylife.org. On the main page the second menu item is “Live Stream.” By clicking on that you will be able to watch the class as it is happening. I am very grateful to Tim Leatherwood for making this magic happen. Thanks also to William Budge who runs the camera.

Be well and much love,

Bill Kerley

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