Tess Pender
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I've added three articles and one discussion, all with no reply or feedback!  Has something changed?  In the past, replies and feedback were always prompt!Thanks,TessContinue

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I have added three articles, and one discussion comment - all with no replies or feedback!    Has something changed?  Int he past, both feedback and replies have been quite prompt!Thanks,TessContinue

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Hello!I've submitted three articles with no responses, and started a discussion with no replies!  PLEASE tell me - what has changed?  In the past, feedback and replies have been very prompt!  Are my…Continue

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Tess Pender is an Ordained Interfaith Minister. Her spiritual practice began when she attended Native American Sweat Lodges under the guidance of a Medicine Women, and continued with a series of Vision Quests. She led the Teen Spiritual Education Program for four years at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment in Santa Clara, Ca. She practices various Earth-Centered Spiritual systems, and co-founded two Wicca-inspired groups, one female and one co-ed.
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Tools for Recovery: What do Addicts Use?

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 3:13pm 1 Comment


Examines some of the tools learned in 12-Step programs, and explores what they teach and why they are effective.


Recovering addicts who attend Twelve-Step meetings frequently dramatically change their lives.  What makes “The Program” so effective?  A group of people all facing the same challenges, who meet and share their experiences without judgment or comment is an extraordinarily safe…


Abstract:   Explores how Spirit views us, how we are seen by the Divine.  Describes God’s love as it is expressed in the movie “Man of La Mancha” and shows how Don Quixote and Aldonza are archetypes …

Posted on September 23, 2017 at 5:38pm 1 Comment


Explores how Spirit views us, how we are seen by the Divine.  Describes God’s love as it is expressed in the movie “Man of La Mancha” and shows how Don Quixote and Aldonza are archetypes for the human soul and Divine Love.


In 1974, the film “Man of La Mancha” was released, telling the story of the very nearsighted Don Quixote, who mistakes windmills for attacking giants and renames a local tavern slut, Aldonza, (played…


What’s wrong with Miracles?

Posted on September 22, 2017 at 3:35pm 0 Comments


Explores a classic “philosophy of religion” paradox regarding the qualities of God.  Examines whether a beneficent God would (or could) allow miracles.  Argues that the existence of a miracle would prove that God is not all-good, since one miracle would involve ignoring pleas from equally deserving supplicants.


Recently the Catholic Church named Mother Teresa a saint.  She met all the Church’s criteria for sainthood,…


Be Immune to Praise and Blame

Posted on July 2, 2017 at 3:25pm 2 Comments


Explores the dangers of praise and blame to the helping professions.  Explains the seductiveness of praise, and describes the daily practice taught in twelve step programs used to avoid falling into

addiction to people-pleasing.  Includes several slogans useful in avoiding internalizing praise or blame/


Newly ordained Ministers are warned to never listen to the comments at the end of a service.  After delivering a sermon, the Minister stands…


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