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For Openness to Change

I wish for the source of ageless restoration to renew my spirit of transformation; then enliven enthusiasm, enlighten acumen and enhance kindness with patient understanding.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Affirmations, Meditations, Prayers, and Readings.

SOULJOURN

A new novel by Jim Burklo Now available as an e-book at Patheos Press   Become a Souljourner!  “Like” the SOULJOURN Facebook page While on a hike near his deep southwestern home one morning, a quirky teenager …

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Christian Unity

There’s a line in a popular Christian song that makes me cry every time: “We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord. And we pray that all unity may one day be restored.” It makes me question my attachment to labeling myself a Christian Progressive or a Christian liberal.

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Canticle of the Sun

Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi

Let us celebrate the life of Francis of Assisi who loved all of creation. With him, let us give thanks for:
Brother Sun, who brings the day; and who radiates the divine. He is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 7: Integrity of the Earth. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons and Earth Day. Resource Types: Poetry, Prayers, and Readings.

Night Sky Wonder

As I step outside a crystal-clear night awaits me
Star gazing’s my passion and the sky views are free

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Topics: Fiction and Poetry and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Poetry.

Asilomar Beach

My eyes cut a sliver of the lighted moon for your glory
I watch the darkness clear the sky for stars
Standing in the silent sound of your name
I claim this sand for your kingdom

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Topics: Fiction and Poetry and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Poetry.

A Search for the Historically Angry Jesus

a review by Jim Burklo

Do not think that Aslan, a professor of creative writing at my alma mater, the University of California at Riverside, wrote this book to present the Jesus of nonviolent compassion. Aslan zealously pursues an historically angry Jesus who sought to evict the Romans by force and institute an earthly realm of divine justice for the poor.

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The Goodness of God

May God’s peace rest upon us;
May God’s great love reach to every heart;

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Prayers: Benediction. Resource Types: Prayers.

Seekers Benediction

from Seekers Church, Washington, D.C.

Go into the seething cauldron of the world.
Listen for the questions and voices
that you would rather not hear.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Prayers: Benediction. Resource Types: Prayers.

When Beauty Illumines

When beauty illumines a corner of your life, may your thanks to God spread that light through your whole being.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Prayers: Benediction. Resource Types: Prayers.

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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Spirit of Life Prayer

We pray,
conscious that
raising our hearts and minds
is a gift of the Spirit of Life
at work
in the depths of our being.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Prayers.
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