We’re Really Like the Onions

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

We’re really like the onions
With skins beneath our skin.
Each face has ways of masking
The private worlds within.

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“Let me make this perfectly CLEAR … “

CLEAR is what I want to feel and be when it comes to something that means as much to me as FAITH. I want to be at peace with what I believe and choose to say and do, with regard to my way of living in faith. I want to own it whole-heartedly. I don’t want to apologize or make excuses for beliefs that don’t make sense, saying things like, “You just have to take that in faith. Someday it will make sense to me, even if it doesn’t now. God’s ways are not our ways.” With Clear Faith, I am at peace.

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Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk

Pluralistic Marriage- Review by Jim Burklo

Impending marriage often leads couples to learn more about their traditions of origin. And that study can lead to confrontation with the question of religious pluralism. Is my partner going to hell unless she accepts Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior – really? Is my partner’s Hinduism possibly as good a path to Ultimate Reality as my Islamic faith is for me?

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We All Have Stories

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

We all have stories we can share
Of times of failure and success,
Of highs and lows, of gold and dross,
Of frugal lives and love’s excess.

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Dream, Dream

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

Dream, dream and never give up,
Hope, hope of a world to be,
Work, work for justice and dreams,
Put others first and set people free.

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Time of Peace

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

How can the time of peace come to Earth?
When will all bombs be banned?
How can true justice blossom in mirth?
When will the violence end?

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All Those Who Choose the Way

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

All those who choose the Way
Of noble living
Must seek to grow each day
In joyful giving,

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There Are Times

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

There are times when truth is this and partly that,
When love can bind extremes to be as one,
But at other times our heart says “you must choose the way
Of life or death, for you and Earth today.”

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Thank You God

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

Thank you God for this beautiful Earth.
Thank you God for the wonder of life.
Thank you God for the blessing of love.

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All Things Are Connected

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

All things are connected
And everything is one,
The cells within our flesh,
The Moon, the stars, the Sun.

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Great Life-Force

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

Great Life-Force, God of all nurture;
Honor and praise to you.
Your peace and justice fill the Earth;
Honor and praise to you.

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Which Code Can Assist Us?

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

Which code can assist us
Uncover the fullness
Of living and loving
Which our spirits need?

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