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Jan 24 2015

Beguine Again: Sabbath Moment

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by Terri Stewart

We must not forget that it is not a thing that lends significance to a moment; it is the moment that lends significance to things.

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

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Jan 13 2015

Beguine Again: Action of Prayer

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I was at a church service in detention Sunday evening and thought that I was going to have difficulty with the message that was delivered when the gentleman expressed, “Ask God for whatever you want. God will provide.” Sigh. These kids in juvie ask God repeatedly for deliverance.

…deliverance from detention…

…deliverance from difficult families…

…deliverance from gangs…

…deliverance from addiction…

And all they see is a closed path before them. They perceive that they are abandoned by their families, gangs, and God. “Why?” they ask, “Is God not answering my prayers?”

And here was man telling them once again to take their troubles to God and to ask God to deliver them. And then it happened…

He said, “But don’t think God is going to just give you everything you ask for. It’s like when my son asked for a car. I said no, but we can put a plan together to achieve that car!”

Yes!! Sometimes the answer to prayer can seem immediate, but other times it is like putting a plan together with the Divine that takes work and cooperation between us and God. Further, he said, “And why pray for new rims when you could pray to own a manufacturing company that makes rims? Why pray for a new grill when you could pray to be able to create grills? Think big!”

That is amazing advice about prayer to youth who seldom hear the nuances of a life of prayer. Thanks be to God!

This has me pondering my own prayer life. Generally, I don’t like to ask God for specific things. I suppose it feels too presumptuous. And rather bold. And rather like bossing God when God should be the boss of me. I pray for the spirit of peace, for love and safety, for strength and perseverance. But rarely do I pray, “Holy one, please deliver to me a financially successful dream.”

I think it is time that I pray for that. I pray for financial success for my endeavors.  And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Amen? Amen!

Let my Prayer Rise like Incense

“Let my prayer rise before you like incense, and my hands like an evening offering” (Ps 141:2).

by Father Lawrence Lew, OP


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Jan 10 2015

Beguine Again: Sabbath Reading with the B Zine: A Focus on the Divine Feminine

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The B Zine

January, Volume 1, Issue 3
Table of Contents with Links

BE inspired … BE creative … BE peace … BE

a publication of Beguine Again and The Bardo Group

Our theme this month:  The Divine Feminine

Bringing balance to the imagining of God or the essential energy of the universe, we celebrate the Divine Feminine in both her ethereal and more earthy manifestations.

Our lead feature by  Rev. Terri Stewart suggests a spiritual practice (The Divine Feminine) for doing this. She’s also shares a feature with us (Words Into Action) that includes links to worthy charities to help us give our compassion legs. On the most ethereal level, we move on to a chapter from Niamh Clune’s cult classic, The Coming of the Feminine Christ.

We present a collection of poems and features that celebrate the more earthy feminine spirit by honoring: mothering (Their Compassion Has Legs), nature/Mother Earth with an acrostic poem from Corina Ravenscraft: sisterhood with Priscilla Galasso (Celebration of Femininity) a grandmother (The Divining Trunk) by Karen Fayeth); wife (one poem by James Cowles and two poems by John Anstie); and those men touched by the Sacred Feminine, The Blessed Mother (Gentleman of the Old School, a short poem).

Under General Interest we have deeply moving and spiritually profound account from a new contributor, Father Dan, a Spiritan priest (Roman Catholic), about the lessons he learned from his  brother, Christopher, who died prematurely.

Musician and poet/writer, Marilynn Mair (If You Would Still Believe, poem) and our resident shaman, Michael Watson (The Year Turns, essay) move us into this new year with hope and inspiration.

Under general interest we have poems from several poets including Imen Benyoub, James Cowles, Joseph Hesch and Victoria C. Slotto. We have two flash fiction features, one by Joseph Hesch.

For a tidbit of something on the light side, we present another new guest contributor, Sue Vincent.  Grab your sides for more than a few giggles and laughs with Twelve Things Your Grandparents Said …

On behalf of all of us here, many blessings in 2015.

Jamie Dedes


The Divine Feminine

Lead Features

The Divine Feminine, Terri Stewart

Words Into Action, Terri Stewart

Book Excerpt

The Redemption of Eve (from The Coming of the Feminine Christ), Niamh Clune

Photo Essay

A Celebration of Femininity, Priscilla Galasso

Feature Articles

The Divining Trunk, Karen Fayeth

Their Compassion Has Legs, Jamie Dedes

Flash Fiction

Luminous, Liliana Negoi


Tree Cathedral Acrostic, Corina Ravenscraft

Quan Yin, Victoria C. Slotto

Haiku for My Wife, James Cowles

And I Love Her Still, John Anstie

“The Lamb” (AKA “Devotion”), John Anstie

Gentlemen of the Old School, Jamie Dedes

General Interest

Feature Articles

Chris Reminds Me, Father Daniel S. Sormani, C. S. Sp.

The Year Turns, Michael Watson,  M.A., Ph.D., LCMHC

Flash Fiction

How Skinny Girls Survive, Jamie Dedes

Tears for Icarus, Joseph Hesch


While Listening to Mozart’s Requiem, Imen Benyoub

If You Would Still Believe, Marilynn Mair

Rose-Tending, James Cowles

Train Wreck, James Cowles

Warrior in a Place of Ghosts, Joseph Hesch

Blessed Are They Who Mourn, Victoria C. Slotto


Turning Night Into Day, Naomi Baltuck

Special Delivery, Naomi Baltuck


Twleve Things Your Granparents Said …, Sue Vincent

The B Zine is originally published at For the full experience along with beautiful watercolors by Gretchen del Rio, feel free to go to the original site.

Volume 1, Issue 1, November 2014

Volume 1, Issue 2, December 2014

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Jan 07 2015

Beguine Again: Practicing with Spirit

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We will be exploring Spiritual Practices with an introduction to one new practice per week. Yes! There are enough practices to fill an entire year. At the end of the year, we will go back to the beginning and flow with the rhythmic process of slowing down, and beguining again. (See what I did there?!) The discussion will be inter-faith, led by Colin Stewart (Pagan) and Terri Stewart (Christian).

Starts: March 1

Cost:  $15 per month


  • a once monthly video covering the upcoming overall theme for the month
  • a once weekly email with the upcoming Spiritual Practice for the week
  • a monitored Facebook group where we can choose to participate (or not)

The first month is free! Contact me at to be enrolled. Be sure and include your name!

The practice includes, but is not limited to:

  • Opening yourself
  • Relinquishing your masks
  • Sharing
  • Sacred texts
  • Love and justice
  • Prayer
  • Joy and Gratitude

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Jan 06 2015

Beguine Again: What is prayer?

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What is prayer in a universal context? (Excerpted here.)

Prayer is a way of channelling and transmitting energy. It can bring joy, inspiration, healing, peace, exhilaration – and even bliss.

Dynamic prayer is…

 not a dull duty or a meaningless chore, but a vibrant, living power.

 not the deluded hope of someone crying out in desperation, but the practical solution to many problems.

 not an act of fear or false piety, but one of courage and true love.

If prayer were understood and practiced every day by more people, not only would those people’s lives change, but the whole world would change.

For particular faith orientations, I would simply zip out “energy” and zip in your understanding of the Divine. But if we all used our particularities to respond to the world’s pains in a universal way, we could absolutely change the world!

And so, I offer a prayer for internal peace in hopes that together, we may transform pain to peace.

On the day when

the weight deadens

on your shoulders

and you stumble,

may the clay dance

to balance you.

And when your eyes

freeze behind

the grey window

and the ghost of loss

gets in to you,

may a flock of colours,

indigo, red, green,

and azure blue

come to awaken in you

a meadow of delight.


When the canvas frays

in the currach of thought

and a stain of ocean

blackens beneath you,

may there come across the waters

a path of yellow moonlight

to bring you safely home.


May the nourishment of the earth be yours,

may the clarity of light be yours,

may the fluency of the ocean be yours,

may the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow

wind work these words

of love around you,

an invisible cloak

to mind your life.


beannacht – john o’donohue, Found in Anam Cara

Rainbow by user jakerome at CC (BY-NC-SA)

Rainbow by user jakerome at

I call this a flock of colours!

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Jan 03 2015

Beguine Again: Sabbath and the Light of Wisdom

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In Genesis, the story goes that the Creator rested on the seventh day. But have we thought about what that means? Rest was created on the seventh day. Sabbath was created. The work of the Creator was not complete, even though there was rest. It speaks to the ancient tradition where the outward work of creation ceases on Sabbath, but that which is life-giving continues on.

by Terri Stewart

by Terri Stewart

Shalom and Amen!


About the photo: Sabbath candles sitting on a platform in front of my computer screen with a slightly smeary piece of glass in front of it all. Background found at by John Kay. Titled “Magical Sparkles.” CC (BY-NC-SA).

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