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Traditional Marriage: One Man, Many Women, Some Girls, Some Slaves

Well, it’s been quite a whirlwind week for same-sex marriage, from North Carolina to Obama to Colorado—and, of course, to the many outraged conservatives concerned with preserving traditional marriage, i.e., the time-honored sacred bond between one man and one woman. Why, just last week, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council said that marriage has meant just that for over five thousand years.

Huh?

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Wounded Healers

Henri once wrote that the “J. M.” in the middle of his name could stand for “Just Me.” He believed that the minister (again, every Christian) was called to live a life offered to others. The autobiography or memoir is said to have first appeared in The Confessions of Saint Augustine, and spiritual autobiography has long had a place as a means of doing theology. I lead workshops and retreats on spiritual autobiographical writing, encouraging participants to tell their stories.

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Creedless Religion: Work Out Your Own Beliefs

It is always interesting and sometimes perplexing to come across religions that readily admit that they hold no creed. It seems so strange because when people think of religion, they still often think of a set of rules or beliefs that one must believe in and live by in order to be “saved.” (And such creeds are often the reason that people have no time for religion).

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Resurrection Reflections

Dogs Barking in the Distance

I still remember the existential gut wrenching I felt when I first read John Dominic Crossan’s assertion that underneath the resurrection story that cracks like holy thunder on Easter morning was the more likely scenario that the crucified body of Jesus was probably consumed by wild dogs.

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How to Read the Bible

2) The Hebrew scriptures, or the Old Testament, represent a religious tradition that is independent of the later Christian faith. The Hebrew scriptures aren’t about Jesus, although the Christian scriptures include many references to the Hebrew scriptures. To honor the fundamental differences between the two sets of scriptures doubles the spiritual significance of the entire Bible.

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DEAS…and Other Imaginings. Ten Spiritual Folktales for Children

Somewhere between zen and folktales, somewhere between child’s play and wisdom, somewhere between dreaming the world and healing it. Read these stories aloud – to your child, to your love, or to yourself beneath a sacred tree.

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Pentecost: Celebrating the Gifts of the Spirit

found at SpiritualityandPractice.com

Begin your meal by holding hands and saying to the person on your right: “You are the temple of God and the Holy Spirit dwells within you.”

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Pat Brittenden Podcast from May 22nd, 2012

Madison Shockley talks with Pat Brittenden about Marriage Equality and the Catholic Church suing the Obama Administration amongst other things.

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ABC Radio Interview with Deshna Ubeda on Spiritual Curriculum for Children

Interview at the Common Dreams Conference in Melbourne, Australia

Click here: Deshna Ubeda on Progressive Christian Spirituality for Children  

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A Theology of Compassion

Madison Shockley is is Pastor of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, California. Here he describes his presentation at the 2009 Compassion & Choices Symposium held in Washington, DC September 13-14.

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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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