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Ombudsman Writings - November 2020

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By Rev. Randy Fillmore

"Now What?"

With seemingly multiple hundred-year events happening since 2020 began, we've been reluctant even to think about "Now What"?.  Wild fires, pandemic, civil unrest, loss of historic civil rights leader and a champion for equal protection, and now, we're embarking on a national election that will result in certain national upheaval regardless of the outcome.

Besides all the above, I have pondered the "Now What" question from another perspective. ...

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Ombudsman Writings - October 2020

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By Rev. Randy Fillmore

"Aaaaarrrrgggghhhh"

There are days when as much as I want to demonstrate calm and peaceful demeanor, I allow circumstances to alter my thinking and resulting actions, where I am anything but peaceful and calm. The more upset I get, the more things seem to spiral into the abyss of cross between a day-in-the-life of cartoon character Charlie Brown and the Friday the 13th horror movie franchise.

When I begin to experience such a day, I want to remember to stop, breathe,...

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Ombudsman Writings - August 2020

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By Rev. Randy Fillmore

"Surrender - NOT!"

I remember hearing and singing songs like, "I Release and I Let Go", and in reciting James Dillet Freeman's Prayer for Protection the last line, "...and all is well", and believing that if we would just pray more, affirm more, hold the "high watch" more, that the world's consciousness needle would move towards more enlightenment.

Doesn't that almost border on the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expect different...

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Ombudsman Writings - July 2020

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By Rev. Randy Fillmore

"Just When I Thought..."

There are times when I do not know where to begin.  As I plan to navigate the start of each day, I start from a place of calm; generally after my time of morning meditation and prayer with my wife.  It's in that planning that we try to center ourselves and begin the day with new eyes, and new energy, a new perspective. The forced isolation allows for reflective introspection, but really, there's only so much self-analysis that one...

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Ombudsman Writings - May 2020

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By Rev. Randy Fillmore, ADL Ombudsman

It still continues to be somewhat difficult to turn on the television without seeing some of the continuous COVID-19 news coverage spanning the current state and conditions from across the globe and now across the United States. Before I could get to the remote control to change the channel, I starting using “soft ears” or “soft listening”, similar to the “soft eyes” or “slightly out of focus”...

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Ombudsman Writings - April 2020

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By Rev. Randy Fillmore

Who We Are / Who Are We?

It’s somewhat difficult to turn on the television without seeing some of the continuous COVID-19 news coverage spanning the current state and conditions from across the globe and now across the United States. Before I could get to the remote control to change the channel, I starting using “soft ears” or “soft listening”, similar to the “soft eyes” or “slightly out of focus” technique, I...

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Ombudsman Writings - February 2020

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By Rev. Randy Fillmore

I have to wonder at times if I'm the only one.  With my decades of training and experience steeped and ruled in procedures, processes, and regulations, I automatically think and react to life from and in an analytic frame of reference or perspective.

Growing up with the teachings of Unity, my time with ADL and other spiritual teachings opened a completely different world than my vocation. 

To some, it might seem schizophrenic, though I prefer to...

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