Don Barker

Stories from Still Water

A Teahouse Service

UUFE’s Don Barker will lead this informal service with a “teahouse” feel.  We’ll sit at small tables and talk of tea and what we can learn from the Buddhist metaphor of Still Water.  We’ll read a few stories for kids told by a … read more.

Nirvana is a Clearing in the Forest

UUFE’s Don Barker will explore Gotama the Buddha’s original teaching about Nirvana as found in the Pali Canon. For Gotama, Nirvana was like a clearing in the tangled forest of reactivity – a place where we can pause, take a breather, and look around at what’s actually going on. At any moment.

Our Stories of Death, Rebirth, and Eternal Life

At our final service of the year, near winter solstice, UUFE’s Don Barker will read some of the death, rebirth, and eternal life traditions believed and practiced by the major religions and some less well-known faiths. We’ll compare these traditions to our own stories of death and afterlife, and consider how these stories have changed throughout our lives.

What Happened to Me at the Eclipse

What happened to me?  I drove two days along old US 50, over the Alleghenies and across the Illinois prairie to a horse farm in the heart of Missouri. I saw Bible billboards and many other signs from heaven that the End is near.