"Gottwald's Hat and Other 'Alternative Facts'" August 13, 2017
Starting with a reading from Milan Kindera's book, "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting," Dr. Riegel proceeds to address the subject of alternative facts. He asks, 'What is a 'fact'?" And, in light of that answer he asks, "What is an 'alternative fact'?" He then discusses why it is important to combat "alternative facts.
"Worlds in Collusion" August 6, 2017
Dr. Riegel speaks about how we have an implicit social contract by which we collude with one another to keep ourselves locked in interpersonal dynamics that do not encourage personal growth. He then suggests an alternative social contract that would alter interpersonal dynamics and encourage personal growth.
"The King of Pointland's Precarious Predicament" June 18, 2017
Dr. Riegel uses a character from the book "Flatland" to speak of our general tendency to create, preserve, and live within unrecognized psychological bubbles of our own making. He suggests that for the sake of personal growth and meaningful interpersonal relationships, it is important to recognize this. Finally, he suggests the antidote to this dilemma.
"Nietzsche as Spiritual Guide" March 19, 2017
Reading various writings by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, including Dionysus verses the Crucified and The Greatest Weight, Dr. Riegel demonstrates Nietzsche's materialistic, affirmative, religious vision.
"Interspiritual Potpourri" March 12, 2017
Referencing Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity, and Sufism, Dr. Riegel walks us through the wisdom of the world's religious traditions, exploring "the Ground of Being," the nature of the self, ethics, and love as the path to God.
"Falling Leaves and Clinging Minds" Oct. 16 2016
Drawing on his relationship with his ailing father, Dr. Riegel discusses the suffering that comes when the mind insists on permanence in a world that offers nothing but constant change. He then suggests the antidote to such suffering.
"When Gulliver Woke Up" Oct. 2, 2016
In this sermon Dr. Riegel uses the image of Gulliver, from Jonathan Swift's novel "Gulliver's Travels," to discuss what it means to "wake up" on a spiritual journey and further, how one reacts to the conditions in which one finds oneself upon waking up, i.e., what becomes of one's life situation, especially one's interpersonal relationships.
"Disenchantment and the Rediscovery of the Sacred" Aug. 14, 2016
Dr. Riegel discusses the phenomenon of disenchantment starting with the Enlightenment, which shifted the locus of human meaning to the mind, then suggests that the rediscovery of the sacred takes place by a subjective immersion into nature, especially humans, i.e., one another.