About pafarmer

Patricia Adams Farmer is a featured author for Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism: Process Thinking for a More Hospitable World. She is the author of four books and numerous essays inspired by process theology and philosophy. She holds an undergraduate degree in music and three masters degrees in theology, philosophy, and education. A retired clergy and educator, she and her husband, Ron Farmer, currently live on the north central coast of Ecuador.

Let Us Drink a Cup of Tea

Yes, the world may aspire to vacuousness, lost souls mourn beauty, insignificance surrounds us. Then let us drink a cup of tea. Silence descends, one hears the wind outside, autumn leaves rustle and take flight, the cat sleeps in a warm pool of light. And, with each swallow, time is sublimed.” ― Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

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Oh, how comforting it is to brew a pot of tea when the temperature falls!   I enjoy discovering  metaphoric beauty–infused with little process theology–in ordinary things, like a single cup of tea. I hope you enjoy my latest process musing at Spirituality & Practice“Let Us Drink a Cup of Tea.”

 

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The Great Pregnancy

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During Advent, we wait for Christmas in the glow of burning candles: flames that stretch up into the darkness, as if in passionate plea. Our spirits burn, too, for we long for fresh manifestations of Christmas — tiny bursts of hope, swaddled in vulnerability and gentleness. Our waiting becomes almost an ache, a prayerful yearning for goodness and compassion to be reborn into our world of injustice, division, and fear.

We wait like Mary in her pregnancy, holding candles in the darkness. We wait together in our homes, our churches, our communities. This candle-bearing community — the Beloved Community — bears witness to a God who is for us and with us and in our very personal yearnings for peace and wholeness.

Click here to read the entire post at Spirituality & Practice 🙂

 

“G” is for Gratitude

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Gratitude in these days?

Is it appropriate to be grateful in times as perilous as these? Our planet is in crisis, unending wars rage on, the gap between rich and poor grows wider, gun violence escalates, and white supremacists grow bolder. Does gratitude make us too content with the way things are? Isn’t “counting our blessings” simply too indulgent for times like these?

On the contrary, gratitude might just be our savior in such times as these. Where else can our energy come from to “be the change” if, like flailing fish, we get hooked on despair or rage? Of course, despair and rage are perfectly natural for caring people in the face of such horrors as the plague of gun violence in America. But to be vigilant for change, despair is simply not an option, and rage must be channeled into action.

Gratitude can help us get our bearings once again, for it grounds us in mindfulness, opening fresh possibilities for creativity and change. For without gratitude, fiery fall trees would be lost on us, and so would the taste of apples or the touch on the arm of a caring friend. Without gratitude, we would hardly know what we are so passionate about saving or changing or reforming; without gratitude we would fall prey to the darkness around us. Joy, the offspring of gratitude, would be only a distant memory. But as the poet Jack Gilbert says, “We must have the courage to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world.” Perhaps, then, gratitude is a form of resistance.

Read my entire essay at “Process Musings, a blog of spiritualityandpractice.com

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

“D” is for Devotion

The Spiritual Alphabet continues!   What does your devotional life look like?  In this essay, I explore a few ways to nourish our souls in these loud and troubling times, but as Rumi says, “There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; there are a thousand ways to go home again.”  Hope you enjoy my latest “process musing” at Spirituality & Practice.     http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/blogs/posts/process-musings

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“C” is for Connections

Is God somewhere “up there” or is God intimately connected to the universe?  Theology matters, especially in face of climate change and the moral crises of our time.

My series on the Spiritual Alphabet continues with “C is for Connections.”

In this essay, I offer metaphors for re-thinking our connections to the world and to God.  You can (safely!) click here to read the essay at Spirituality & Practice or here to read the essay at Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism. 

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Embracing the Full Catastrophe

 

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The Interfaith Observer is a wonderful resource for spiritual pilgrims of all faiths.  This month, my piece “Embracing the Full Catastrophe” is featured under the theme of “Spiritual Explorations in Tough Times.”   These are tough times, indeed! Hope you find some spiritual nourishment in this piece as well as all the  articles featured in the October issue.   Click here to read!

“C” is for Compassion

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As I journey through the Spiritual Alphabet (created by Mary Ann and Frederic Brussat), I find that “compassion” is perhaps the most compelling word for our day.  In my latest essay “C  is for Compassion,” I address the issue of “compassion fatigue” and how we can envision God in all the muck and horror that we see unfolding in Puerto Rico and around the world. . . .

I hope you will journey with me through the alphabet!

Click here to read “C is for Compassion” at Spirituality and Practice

Click here to read “C is for Compassion” at Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism.