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Study Guide for the book Zealot, by Reza Aslan

The material we are exploring is controversial; the subject matter is often tied to deeply held beliefs. The intention of this study guide is not to change your mind but to challenge your beliefs. That is, our initial objective is not to believe what the author proposes but to be open to consider the validity of his proposition. In so doing, we empower our beliefs through the dynamics of our evolution of consciousness — the purpose of this discussion group.

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The Challenge of Jesus- DVD

In The Challenge of Jesus, renowned historical Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan, presents his life’s work exploring the matrix of Jesus’ unique time and place. Drawing on scholarly text, excavation and history, Dr. Crossan introduces us to the flesh and blood people who shaped the world into which Jesus was born. In these DVD presentations, we meet a Jesus we’ve not known before.

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Opening the Heart: an excerpt from Jim Burklo’s new novel, SOULJOURN

An excerpt from SOULJOURN, my new novel (Chapter 6): I went home, said goodnight to Dad, and went to bed. The moonlight bathed my bedroom. The silence seemed to beg to be filled. I opened the bedroom …

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Health Care for All: Seeds, Leaves, Roots

(I’m working now on a project called SEEDS, LEAVES, ROOTS: Faithful Rhetoric and Reflection for Progressive Social Action. It’s an initiative of Progressive Christians Uniting – I serve on its board of directors. We are creating a …

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The Stations of the Cross and the Beatitudes, Part 8

A Guide to Spiritual Practice for Lent

Beatitude Nine: “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Easter, Holy Week, and Lent. Rituals: Lent. Resource Types: Adult Curriculum, Meditations, Readings, and Study Guides.

The Stations of the Cross and the Beatitudes, Week 6

A Guide to Spiritual Practice for Lent

Beatitude Six: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
“No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.” (l John 4: 12) It is through the heart that we experience God directly.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Lent. Rituals: Lent. Resource Types: Affirmations, Meditations, Readings, and Study Guides.

The Stations of the Cross and the Beatitudes, Part 7

A Guide to Spiritual Practice for Lent

Beatitude Seven: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
Beatitude Eight: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Station Twelve: Jesus dies on the cross.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: Holy Week and Lent. Rituals: Lent. Resource Types: Adult Curriculum, Meditations, and Study Guides.

Stations of the Cross and the Beatitudes, Week 5

A Guide to Spiritual Practice for Lent

Beatitude Five: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”
Jesus was merciful, but didn’t receive mercy. He forgave the people who were about to kill him, but they killed him anyway. Yet we are still haunted by his assertion of the possibility of a world in which mercy works both ways.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 8: Compassion and Selfless Love. Seasons & Special Events: Lent. Rituals: Lent. Resource Types: Adult Curriculum, Meditations, Readings, and Study Guides.

The Stations of the Cross and the Beatitudes, Week 4

A Guide to Spiritual Practice for Lent

Beatitude Four: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.”

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 6: Peace and Justice. Seasons & Special Events: Lent. Rituals: Lent. Resource Types: Adult Curriculum, Meditations, Readings, and Study Guides.
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