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The Lord’s Prayer, Continued

In finding the version of the Lord’s Prayer that works for you or your church, there are many possibilities. You

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The Lord’s Prayer

Perhaps no prayer is more beloved of Christians everywhere than the Lord’s Prayer, sometimes called the Prayer of Jesus. While many of us still use the words as found in Matthew 6:9-13, it is an irresistible urge to recreate this most fundamental of prayers in modern language.

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All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day (or All Hallows’ Day on November 1st) and All Souls’ Day (also called Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos on November 2nd) combine to form a special time each year to remember those who have gone before us. These church holidays are celebrations of gratitude, the continuity of life and a reminder of our place in the cycle.

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Statements of Faith

Many progressive Christian communities have stopped saying the traditional creeds together, because they no longer represent what the congregants believe to be true.

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Creation

Autumn….the harvest…. the fall equinox…. days grow shorter and we are reminded of nature’s cycle moving inexorably toward winter yet again.

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Travel

Autumn is the time when we return from our travels, with pictures to show and stories to tell. Visiting other places gives us a perspective on home…

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Letting Go

All wisdom traditions understand the need for letting go.  And all wisdom traditions understand how difficult it is for humans to do this.  Possessions, emotions, even difficult relationships… we hold on for dear life in spite of …

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Remembering Them

Every time we lose someone we love, someone who inspired us and now has left us to carry on without them, someone whose presence was a part of our daily happiness, we must re-map our world.

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“September 11″

It’s fair to say the world changed for most of us on September 11, 2001. So each year, as that date rolls around again, we are given an opportunity to remember and reflect and recommit ourselves to a world where the children of Abraham can live side by side in peace.

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Peace

If you want to understand how we could live in a world where every religion speaks of peace and yet every nation is eventually involved in war, look no farther than what we teach our children.

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Unity Consciousness

Living as One Human Family A friend once described herself as a “knitter,” but she wasn’t talking about yarn. She likes to bring people together and help create beautiful things from their unity. What a wonderful mission …

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Healing

Healing prayers and rituals are among the oldest traditions of humankind.  Even today, many congregations offer special healing services, often reclaiming the ancient practices of anointing and laying on of hands.  We are only beginning to understand …

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Table Graces

Saying grace before a meal offers us all a chance to pause for a moment of gratitude in our busy days.  Grace can be as simple as a silent blessing or as participative as going around the …

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Compassion

Compassion is the cornerstone of every faith tradition.  The movement out of yourself, to the point of being concerned with the sufferings of another, is the beginning of the movement toward God.  As the Dalai Lama says, …

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The Olympic Games

With the Olympic Games set to begin in London on July 27, we celebrate one of the few venues that brings the nations of the world together peacefully.  While we cheer for the athletes from our own …

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Community

Once something we took for granted, created in our towns or schools or churches, community is becoming increasingly precious.  Social media give us new forms of community but without the in-person element.  My computer has yet to …

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America

We celebrate the Fourth of July and we say God Bless America and we struggle to guide our nation to act responsibly towards its citizens and towards the other nations of the world.  But remembering Thomas Jefferson’s …

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Gay Pride

Spring brings Gay Pride days to many cities, and an opportunity for those supporting the LGBT community to acknowledge our solidarity.  As with every area of discrimination, much progress has been made and there is still much …

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