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Thomas Schmidt

Thomas Schmidt
Thomas Schmidt is a retired psychotherapist and chemical dependency counselor who belongs to the Sufi Ruhiniat International order of Sufi’s and is a drummer in the Spokane Sufi group and an elder at the Country Homes Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church. He is a member of the Westar Institute (The Jesus Seminar people). He studied for the ministry in the late 1950’s at Texas Christian Church and twice married Janet Fowler, a member of a long tern TCU family and a Disciple minister. He was active in the Civil Rights Movement, studying philosophy at Columbia University and psychology in the University of North Carolina university system. He has taught philosophy and psychology, and was professionally active in Florida, North Carolina, and, for 25 years in Spokane. He has studied and practiced Siddha Yoga, Zen Buddhism and, since the mid 1970’s, Sufism and the Dances of Universal Peace. He has three sons and three grandchildren. With the death of his wife, Janet, he is continuing their concentration on human rights, ecology, and ecumenical and interfaith reconciliation.

The Liturgy of Travel

I suddenly realized that this trip, like all the others, was an act of worship; the land and the experiences comprised a liturgy involving our recognition to the Glory of creation, of our failures to respond with humility and faith, and our need to trust in the workings of the spirit, of the growth and morality of our respect for that shining forth of the glory of creation.

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Nationalism, Patriotism and My Values

I am proud to be an American with a sense of equality and democracy, and the self-criticism demanded of each and every individual in a reasonable, empirical, and scientifically oriented social decision process.

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A Lost Soul at Lost Lake

It was near there on my family’s first trip where I first experienced the ecological balance of nature, and how we could really mess it up.

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