I Tried Not Trying

Zen Buddhist teaching advises its practitioners, “Try not to try.” When that does not work, the teacher suggests, “Quit trying not to try.” When all else fails, “Quit quitting.” But what about being in control of one’s life – “the master of my fate; the captain of my soul” ? This service will explore the tension between quitting and controlling, and describe the spiritual experience.

Rev. Ken Reeves is a graduate of the Starr King School for the Ministry, and has served congregations in Ohio and Delaware. He has also earned a Master’s in Pastoral Counseling, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology. He is currently a clinical psychologist with a therapy practice and a consulting psychologist with the Center for Career Development and Ministry. He is also the author of The Whole Church, Congregational Leadership Guided by Systems Theory.

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