Writing

  • Grave wisdom

    The Rev. Sande Ramage 15 April 2012

    When myth becomes embedded in the concrete world of religious dogma and misrepresents itself as the only story, it can become linear, flat and one dimensional, losing its ability to get under our skin where it belongs. more»
  • Easterpreneur

    The Rev. Sande Ramage 6 April 2012

    I wonder whether the crucifixion story, the journey to the grave, is about the convoluted journey to our interior, where our deepest, darkest fears are held. Perhaps it's trying to tell us that to become enlightened, to see life as it really is, we have to become vulnerable, crucified, exactly what we don't want to be. more»
  • Festivals transcend belief

    The Rev. Sande Ramage 31 March 2012

    Once I was so locked into one way of seeing the Easter story that my ability to imagine, or even entertain another version was limited. But as the years have rolled by I've changed and my faith has altered beyond recognition. Intellectual knowledge has been important but what has mattered more has been allowing the festivals to show me worlds beyond my reasoning boundaries. more»
  • Easter contradictions with Ms Monroe

    The Rev. Sande Ramage 23 March 2012

    Michelle Williams is tantalizing in My Week with Marilyn. She ensures Ms Monroe is present, a disarming combination of innocent child and sensual siren. It's not the sleek exterior that seduces; it's the contradictions that open us up. more»
  • Public prayer connects beyond belief

    The Rev. Sande Ramage 18 March 2012

    I've been thinking about the most wonderful keyhole in the world as debates about public prayer have been on the agenda of city council meetings in Bideford, England and Whanganui, New Zealand. more»
  • Tweeting angel irritates cathedral

    The Rev. Sande Ramage 8 March 2012

    Angels have come a long way. Early versions showed minimal fashion sense dressing in shapeless shifts that obscured any hint of gender. Only having a trumpet to gain attention and dreams to send messages hampered communication with mortals. No longer. more»
  • The ironic beauty of discomfort

    The Rev. Sande Ramage 3 March 2012

    Sitting in the discomfort, a wise yoga teacher once wryly observed whilst I collapsed in a haphazard pile of limbs is where shift happens, where perspective broadens and a more compassionate way of seeing our world can emerge. more»
  • Whitney, Christchurch & Lent remind us of impermanence

    The Rev. Sande Ramage 25 February 2012

    Christchurch and Whitney have both suffered as the earth moved beneath their feet. Their experiences are reminders of our impermanence, which is highlighted in the Christian festival of Lent. more»
  • Presence: a soulful mystery

    The Rev. Sande Ramage 17 February 2012

     You'd think that the health system was in contention for an Oscar the way we keep worrying about its performance. Chasing health targets is meant to keep the system focused but the more»
  • Whanau Ora and the miracle of presence

    The Rev. Sande Ramage 11 February 2012

    Despite all our technological marvels, sometimes the only miracle we have to offer each other is an open hearted, accepting and forgiving presence. more»
  • Death watch silences Google

    The Rev. Sande Ramage 4 February 2012

    Sometimes the questions we have are too subtle for Google and anyway, the answers may already be inscribed upon our heart. more»
  • Religion for atheists

    The Rev. Sande Ramage 25 January 2012

    Even for people who consider themselves to be 'not religious', talking about God is a favourite topic as long as we start at what the philosopher Alain de Botton calls the very, very beginning. more»
  • Purpose in poverty?

    The Rev. Sande Ramage 24 January 2012

    Life is not fair. Some people have much and others have little. Wanting more than we have is a common response to this hard reality. more»
  • Text Connect

    The Rev. Sande Ramage 24 January 2012

    Texting connects us in a way that nothing else has. Could this be a spiritual practice that helps us build a beautiful world? more»
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