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What Should Churches Be About?

Whatever paradigm a community may favor (or more than one among community members), the core of Christian faith and what Jesus emphasized — the centrality of love in action — can be the community emphasis as well.

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Dark Knights — How Spiritual Communities Could Help

The recent horrible shooting incident at a premier showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Colorado has focused attention, once again, on some aspects of what has gone wrong when a person takes such a violent and antisocial turn.

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Win, Lose or Draw?

Jesus' Way of Confounding the Trophy-centric Ways of this World

The ancient Olympic games were a series of athletic competitions between city-states. The results determined who were the winners, and who were the losers. But during the games, any conflict between the warring states was forbidden. If ever there was a time when that Olympic torch should be lit and never be extinguished, perhaps this is it. But how? It seems international good sportsmanship inside the stadium can only be assured by heavy security on the outside; where unruly competing self-interests would seek to turn winning at all cost into a blood sport. The previous Words & Ways commentary explored a foolish kind of wisdom once espoused by a Galilean sage through his teaching, the parables he told, and even the seeming absurdity found in his miracles (see “The Foolishness of Jesus”). It is this same Jesus tradition that also proposes such counter-cultural notions that one can “win by losing,” and “the last shall be first.” Here’s John Bennison’s latest commentary from Words & Ways.

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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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Bicycle Brilliance and the Greening of America’s Streets

The Green Lane Project brings bicycling into the 21st century—with positive results for the nation’s health, economy, environment and commutes You can glimpse the future right now in forward-looking American cities—a few blocks here, a mile there …

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Categories: Journalism. Tags: bicycling, Bikes Belong, and Chicago. Topics: Egalitarianism, Health and Healing, and The Younger Generation. 8 Points: Point 7: Integrity of the Earth. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Ages: All Ages.
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Bikes Belong launches project for protected bikeways—Green Lane Project

Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Portland, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., Announce Plans for Safer, Stress-Free Bicycling Bikes Belong Foundation will launch its Green Lane Project, a new project to bring protected bikeways to six U.S. cities, at a …

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The Spirit Within, or Where the Wild Things Are

It is that elusive and intangible spirit that is within us … that constitutes both that tenuous thread and tether of a relationship with whatever we might call the holy divine.

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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 Complete Gospels, 4th Edition

The Complete Gospels is the first publication ever to collect the canonical gospels and their extracanonical counterpoints under one cover. The selected extracanonical gospels date from the first and second centuries, are independent of the canonical gospels, and significantly contribute to our understanding of the developments in the Jesus tradition leading up to and surrounding the New Testament gospels.

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The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55)

46. And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47. and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48. for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; 49. for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

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The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

2. Father, hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come. 3. Give us each day our daily bread; 4. and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive every one who is indebted to us; and lead us not into temptation.

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The Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13 (and Didache 8)

9. Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name. 10. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11. Give us this day our daily bread; 12. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors; 13. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

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The Tree of Life

The epic, yet intimate, story follows the life journey of Jack O’Brien (played as an adult by Penn), the eldest son of a fractured Midwestern family. Pitt delivers a powerful performance as the cataclysmic force of nature in Jack’s world, his complex and rigidly authoritarian father.

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Realm of You, CD

Music is a language that connects listeners to their past, the present, and perhaps, with the right amount of percussion, the timely pluck of a violin, and haunting crescendo of an ethereal voice, music can weave intricate gold harmonies into our futures…at least good music does. Fusion Fable’s music can.

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Topics: Arts and Music. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Ages: All Ages. Resource Types: Music.

Ashana, All Is Forgiven, CD

“With a voice that sounds like it was touched by an angel and musical arrangements that strike an equal balance between heavenly and holistic, Ashana is an artist like no other. Her music reaches you on an emotional level, welling up feelings of gratitude, longing and peace.”

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Topics: Arts and Music. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Ages: All Ages. Resource Types: Curriculum Supplements and Music.

A Joyful Path, Children’s Curriculum, Year One, with Music, Ages 6-10, For Groups

  Progressive Christian Spiritual Curriculum- Year One Group Curriculum and Music (Handbook +DVD+ Music) Compassionate, Intelligent, Inter-Spiritual, Non-Dogmatic 38 Lessons in a full color teacher’s handbook. A DVD is also included which has all the lessons in …

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Topics: The Younger Generation. 8 Points: Eight points. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Ages: Elementary and Pre-School. Resource Types: Children's Curriculum.
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