About Vern Barnet
I am really worried about
who put more energy into
destroying a faith
than in building relationships.
© Vern Barnet, Kansas City, MO, 2006
as occasion permits.
Honored by many faith groups, the
Reverend Vern Barnet, DMn, is minister emeritus of CRES, a Kansas City
community resource for exploring spirituality in all faiths, and now focuses
on writing, teaching, and consulting. He is known to many Kansas Citians
since 1994 through the "Faiths and Beliefs" column published Wednesdays
in The Kansas City Star. His articles, poems, and reviews
appear in many journals. He has taught religion courses at area universities
and seminaries. He founded The Kansas City Interfaith Council in 1989 and
was its convener through 2003. He has been active in many professional
and civic organizations.
I believe that when we encounter
the Holy, we naturally feel awe; that awe matures into gratitude; and that
gratitude is complete only in service to others.
I believe that we
are born to love unconditionally, but rewards and punishments place conditions
on the Holy and distort us, dividing us within ourselves, from each other
and from the world of nature.
I believe such conditioning
puts us in a secular trance, deepened by perverted desires for pleasure,
status, power and wealth; and that as this fragmented trance obscures the
Holy, we are numbed to the suffering of others, to our own inborn natures
and to the environment.
I believe that religions,
through story, ritual and compassion, can restore us to the embrace of
the Infinite, but that often religions have justified the trance with fear,
greed and violence.
I believe we may be
emerging from this trance as the process of spiritual evolution unfolds
in atom, cell, person and society; and that the universe, making many mistakes,
may yet come to behold itself though us.
I believe this process
includes today's concourse of the world's religions and offers their mutual
purification; that this free nation, where most of us are children of immigrants,
is the best place for authenticity; and that honoring differences can extinguish
the selfish, addictive trance, awaken us to the Holy and call us to service
I believe there's
a lot of work and play and loving to do. Vern Barnet
|Thanks for visiting -- I am sorry to disappoint
-- My life is winding down and right now I have to give up the blog in
order to focus on some major writing projects and other agenda items. With
a little luck, you'll have
* a book of sonnets
* a book about liturgy
* a "myth for moderns" in the format of the bible
* a collection of columns and essays about faith and spirituality
* and whatnot.
PLEASE VISIT THE CRES HOME PAGE.
at the moment is unattended.