James Ishmael Ford

Full name: Rev. James Ishmael Ford

The Rev James Ishmael Ford

The Rev. James Ishmael Ford is minister emeritus of First Unitarian Church of Providence, Rhode Island, and is a consulting minister with First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles. James is also the guiding teacher for the Empty Moon Zen sangha. His most recent book is An Introduction to Zen Koans: Learning the Language of Dragons.

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Nuanced, surprising, and beautiful, Unitarian Universalism joins together myriad sources and experiences.

By Janice Marie Johnson, James Ishmael Ford, Abhi Prakash Janamanchi, Amanda Poppei | May 1, 2022 | From Spirit

As we attempt to walk responsibly on this planet, we need perspective. If we hope to make a difference, we need a place from which to act. What are the Buddhist insights that can make our lives deeper and more productive? This is the purpose of zazen and koans: I walk down to the corner store and...

Meditation | By James Ishmael Ford | October 17, 2015 | From WorshipWeb

Everything is perfect, and needs a lot of work.

Reflection | By James Ishmael Ford | March 17, 2015 | From UU World

Buddhist wisdom honors a brief life.

Reflection | By James Ishmael Ford | March 17, 2015 | From UU World

Central concepts in Buddhism.

Feature | By James Ishmael Ford | March 17, 2015 | From UU World

It was Spring. At long last there was no hint of snow on the ground. It was even warm, sort of. Birds and bugs had, at last, returned to Milwaukee. And so in the great flush of Spring madness, Jan and I decided it was time to barbecue....

Sermon | By James Ishmael Ford | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb

Leonard Cohen sings to us there’s “a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” I believe this is one of the most important insights we can have. And so, today I want to talk about that crack, that wound we each have. Today let’s reflect a little about something perhaps a bit...

Sermon | By James Ishmael Ford | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWeb

We find our completeness in knowing that we are woven out of each other and the cosmos itself.

Reflection | By James Ishmael Ford | August 31, 2014 | From Spirit

An atheist mystic meets the goddess of love.

Reflection | By James Ishmael Ford | April 21, 2014 | From UU World

A few words on going to a Zen retreat.

Reflection | By James Ishmael Ford | December 15, 2013 | From Spirit

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Stitching a Layered Faith

Janice Marie Johnson, James Ishmael Ford, Abhi Prakash Janamanchi, Amanda Poppei

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Nuanced, surprising, and beautiful, Unitarian Universalism joins together myriad sources and experiences.

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