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 About Vern Barnet 

 LINKS: 
     CRES web site
     KC Star columns
 

 EMAIL: 
     vern@cres.org

  I am really worried about those 
  who put more energy into 
  propagating or 
  destroying a faith 
  than in building relationships. 

  © Vern Barnet, Kansas City, MO, 2006

  Updated as occasion permits.
 
 
 
 
BRIEF BIO: 

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.

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MY  THEOLOGY

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 together.
   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.

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