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Religions are like languages…

“…In the end, however, the deepest language of the soul is silence.”

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Topics: Egalitarianism, Spiritual Exploration & Practice, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 2: Pluralism. Seasons & Special Events: Ordinary Time. Resource Types: Readings.

Silence

“Today it is hard to find silence, We are bombarded by noise from all sides, And when we actually might be able to find silence, We destroy it by turning on some noise…”

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New American Bible: Revised Edition

The New American Bible revised edition is more than a mere Bible translation. Authorized by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine and approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the New American Bible seeks to provide the best resource for understanding the church’s sacred Scripture.

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The Forest v. The Faithful: A Born-Again Environmentalist Tells All

Brenda Peterson is a nature writer, born into a family that believed that we are living in the end times. We talk to her about her Southern Baptist background, what fundamentalists and environmentalists have in common, and about her new memoir, I Want to Be Left Behind.

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The Christian Pluralist

an invitation from the pew

The authors address many of the theological issues that disturb and alienate so many lay people. How shall we make sense of the problematic passages of the Bible, taking scripture seriously without taking it literally? What do we mean by “truth”? Who or what do we mean by the word “God”? To what degree can we have any certainty about God’s will and purpose? How can we reconcile the roles of scripture and tradition with our best lights from science and social progress? How can we be fully and authentically Christian without claiming our religion to be superior to others?

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Resource Types: Books.

Skeptic in the House of God

Kelley believes that there are far more people like himself outside of the Church than in it: men and women who find modern urban life a “sterile, isolating experience,” but who have a questioning approach to all religious issues, and a struggle with how to maintain intellectual integrity in the face of dogma.

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The Phoenix Affirmations: A New Vision for the Future of Christianity

The Phoenix Affirmations, named for the town in which the principles were created and the mythological bird adopted by ancient Christians as a symbol of resurrection, offers disillusioned and spiritually homeless Christians and others a sense of hope and a more tolerant, joyful, and compassionate message than those we often hear from the media and some Christian leaders.

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Darwin, Divinity, and the Dance of the Cosmos

In Darwin and Divinity…, Sanguin has provided a new and exciting paradigm for thinking Christians and spiritual seekers alike. He has provided a basis for a deep theological shift, a fresh cosmology and a new way of perceiving our reality based on excellent scholarship, both scientific and biblical. And he has done that in a very readable way that is open to anyone who yearns to learn. It is on top of our recommended reading list. ~Fred C. Plumer President

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Faith, Hope and Love: The Pillars of Progressive Christianity

Faith, Hope and Love: The Pillars of Progressive Christianity reaches out to those who have been uncomfortable with the Christianity of their God, and to those who have been searching for a new kind of spirituality based on progressive Christian principles.

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A Heretics Guide To Eternity

“Some Christians have the ability to make you want to be a Christian just by being who they are. They make the gospel alive, real, healing, and utterly attractive. I think Spencer Burke is just one of those people. In his writings he shares himself and his vision” -Fr. Richard Rohr, Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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“Our Mother…”

Before it became common to avoid its gender specificity, I long ago changed the “Our Father” to “God, Mother and Father of us all…” in my daily recitation of the Lord’s Prayer. “Father” as a metaphor did not contain all of God’s attributes, in my experience. And, I must confess, the metaphor of “Mother” contained the divine attributes I found most positive.

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