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Advent Candle Lighting Readings

Readings to celebrate hope, joy, peace, love, celebration.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Resource Types: Readings.

Faith, Hope, and a Bird Called George

In this charming and deeply spiritual tale, a woman named Hope explores many of life’s most profound questions – surprisingly assisted by her cat, Faith, and her bird, George. 

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Topics: Fiction and Poetry and Spiritual Exploration & Practice. Ages: Adult. Resource Types: Books.

Socialism, What Would Jesus Say?

What does Socialism actually mean? And how does it relate to American and Christian history?

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Technological Fundamentalism: Why Bad Things Happen When Humans Play God

Religious, national, and market fundamentalisms are frightening, but they may turn out to be less dangerous than our society’s technological fundamentalism.

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Stepping Out With the Sacred: Human Attempts to Engage the Divine

This is a masterful and engaging account of how humans through centuries and cultures have engaged and experienced the divine. Webb includes her own experiences, both personal and observed from travel in fifty countries, as well as centuries of theology, literature and travel writing. She meanders along winding trails, talk over the fence and drink wine with a stranger, literally and figuratively. To engage the larger-than-description Sacred, we need all the stories we can find, even if only to remind us the distance still to go and the limitless (sometimes unsuccessful) journey. As a teacher of world religions and art, and an artist, this will not be a string of anecdotes, but a woven together, reader-friendly, vividly painted, theologically reflective whole.

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Conversion Is Possible for All of Us

I have lost most of the fundamentalist Christian doctrines I was taught in my younger days in order to find a more inclusive, compassionate, and transformational Christian faith. “Losing” unhealthy beliefs so more life-enhancing ones can emerge is part of the conversion process. 

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Preservation or Evolution?

This author discusses his experience with the pursuit of critical questioning of historic religious texts.

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St. Andrews on the Terrace

For us Christianity provides a framework of values, ideas and practices that nurture our ability to create a meaningful path of life and define ourselves as persons.

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JESUS WAS NOT A REPUBLICAN (or a Democrat)

The conservative right-wing have taken over the interpretation of the teachings of the Christ, however, as a progressive of his time, Jesus would object to the workings and beliefs of the Republican party if he were on earth today.

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Christmas is Over: What’s Next? – First Sunday After Christmas

Now that Christmas is over, it is time to look within and seek creative and innovative ideas about how to use the precious gifts we have to make a real difference in the part of the country we inhabit.

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“God With Us” Is Not Just for Christmas Time

God is not a spectator in our suffering, but rather, an active participant in the ebb and flow of both the good and bad in our lives. Our experience, rapturously joyful or horrendously painful, or anywhere in between, becomes part of God’s experience.

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The Politics of Jesus

The Politics of Jesus is an illuminating, well-written exploration of key themes in the Gospel of Luke.

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A Magical Christmas

I share these familiar family stories because I wonder as we approach this Christmas “holy day,” if we have lost our ability as a society to look for, to wait for, to anticipate those magical moments in life. Have we become so materialistic, so rational, so cynical that we no longer see the magical, majestic, the mystical, the mystery?

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The Powers That Be

‘The Powers That Be’ is an unusually engaging, credible exploration of nonviolence as the most adequate depiction of what Jesus meant by being peacemakers and reconcilers. By nonviolence, is meant not submissiveness and passivity, but disciplined, effective struggle for justice and peace along the lines of what Gandhi, King, Day, Soelle, and others taught and modeled. Its effectiveness is hinted at by the fact that by far the majority of successful toppling of oppressive regimes in the 20th century were by nonviolent means. Walter Wink offers a new and eye-opening understanding of passages like ‘turn the other cheek, walk the second mile….’ I taught it in college course and was told that student evaluations named it the most popular text of the semester in any subject area.

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