About Richard

20140607_150554I am about being a Husband, Father, Minister, Theologian, High-Church, Low-Church, Bald, Bespectacled, Blessed, Methodist, Grateful Human Being.

I am about Jesus Christ.  He is a Superstar.

I am about doing church in a smarter, simpler way that goes beyond the cliches of contemporary, emergent, evangelical, high-church, low-church, progressive, conservative and other labels.

I am about making church as easy to use and as important to people as an iPhone 5.

I am about Methodist practice, Quaker ethics, and Mennonite living.

I am about John, Charles, Albert, Dorothy, Daniel, Philip, Oscar, Dietrich, Paul, and Karl.

I am about Seamus, Dylan, and Ted.

I am about being a blues piano player in the world of ideas.

I am about being a jazz cellist in the life of the mind.

I am about being called Richard rather than Reverend.

I am about 2nd chances that never end.

I am about the Wesleyan concepts of fasting, prayer, and scripture study.

I am about asking questions more than I am finding answers.

I am about helping people to be their best and reach their God given potential.

The traditional version:  Richard lives in the northwest of Ireland.  He is originally from somewhere in North Carolina too small to appear on most maps.  He holds degrees in History, Russian, and Theology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Duke University.  He also undertook additional post-graduate work in post-Soviet Studies at the University of Leeds.  He was ordained to the Methodist ministry and continues to perform poetry readings to captive audiences each Sunday morning in the guise of  “sermons”.

Richard has made a career of bypassing professional academics, bribing border guards, avoiding military checkpoints, and ignoring conventional wisdom to bring his unique perspective to bear on complex religious, social, and political questions.
In his travels through some of the world’s most menacing and inhospitable places, Richard has shared risks with his hosts and often has become an accidental witness to history shaping events. Over the past 15 years, ye has lived among Muslim villagers in West Africa, witnessed the rituals of voodoo rituals of Togolese voodoo priests, been blessed by the Dalai Lama, shook hands with the leaders of the former Irish Republican Army, journeyed through civil war ravaged Liberia and Sierra Leone, wandered the former Yugoslav hinterlands in the era before the Dayton Peace accords, and walked the no-man’s land between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

You can drop him a line at this address:

richard @ richardsfoodforthought dot com

 

4 thoughts on “About Richard

  1. Dear friend, Thank you very much, I was really happy to have been following your blog. I’m still a lot to figure out, and here I can only say that you are an awesome blogger, full Inspiring and hope you can inspire more readers. Thanks and greetings compassion from Gede Prama :)

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    • Dennis, Thank you for stopping by. I’ve been fortunate to be sent to some interesting places and work with great people. Thank you again for your stories. They mean a great deal to me and my work. Blessings, Richard

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