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Hang-Gliding and Mudwrestling: The Spiritual Life

I believe it’s in the Bible that we find people and a God willing to wrestle with one another. The spirituality of the Bible is more mudwrestling than hang-gliding, from the depiction of a God who wrestles mud into human shapes in Jewish scriptures to the depiction of creation itself groaning in childbirth in Christian scriptures.

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Would An Agnostic Make the Best President?

Does talking about religion distract Politicians from “real” issues?

It’s always refreshing when religious leaders strive to embody the very best values their faith has to offer. I have been reminded of this often over the past year, which is shaping up to be banner one for Christian leaders in the “practice what you preach” department.

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Loving God & Hating The World: The Ultimate Contradiction

“I was early convinced in my mind that true religion consisted in an inward life, wherein the heart does love and reverence God the Creator, and learns to exercise true justice and goodness, not only toward all …

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Beliefs and Worldviews

What tells us more-a lot more-is someone’s worldview, the stage of development in which they operate. Two people who ostensibly share the same beliefs, but have different worldviews, are far more different than two people with the same worldview but different beliefs. This is one reason why churches are increasingly useless. Defining your affiliation with others based on beliefs, despite different worldviews (often starkly different), holds us all back.

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Prayer for creation

Creator God, may we live in harmony with all of creation. “As the swift seasons roll,” May we daily heal our world, both her peoples and all that share life upon her. And in healing, may we …

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Feast of the Common Table

A small table with an unlit candle
sits in the center of an open space.
Those who have come to The Feast
form a circle around the table.

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Summer Solstice Ritual

Honoring Nature’s Abundance; Remembering Celtic Spirituality

Mother of all life, soul of our being, center of all our longing,
who shines for all and flows through all,
be with us, guide us, now and always

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Deuteronomy 29:5 on Aging

Old age isn’t a one way street.
You can change from hiking briskly in the mountains
To walking slowly in the valley,
Looking at birds, flowers and trees.

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Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

Blessing of a child

The Blessing of Sophie Thompson Steel

A “christening” type of ceremony for a family that did not want to use traditional baptism terminology.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 3: Inclusive Community. Seasons & Special Events: Ordinary Time. Rituals: Baptism. Resource Types: Full Service Liturgies.

Mother us gently, Father us lightly

“Mother us gently, Father us lightly, God of our being, ground of our care…”

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Peace in Jerusalem

I thought for sure I would live long enough to see peace come to Israel.

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Amen: What Prayer Can Mean in a World Beyond Belief

In Amen, Gretta Vosper, United Church minister and author of the controversial bestseller With or Without God, offers us her deeply felt examination of worship beyond conventional prayer, a new tradition built on love and respect rather than on the rituals of ancient beliefs.

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