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War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation’s Veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

First, Tick establishes the traditional context of war in mythology and religion. Then he describes in depth PTSD in terms of identity issues. Finally, drawing on world spiritual traditions, he presents ways to nurture a positive identity based in compassion and forgiveness.

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Most noble of creatures on Earth

From the Boundless Life collection

Most noble of creatures on Earth are we
Yet gifted with power to both hurt and kill.
Are money and things our most sought for goal?
Or Earth and its life what transforms our will?

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Holy Spirit as you speak

From the Boundless Life collection

Holy Spirit as you speak
To both challenge and console
Every church and all the world
To empower and to make whole

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“The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth”

From the Boundless Life collection

“The meek shall inherit the Earth” said Christ
But what could this mean for the people today?
While corp’rates and rich folk gain more and more land
The poor live in slums where they’re still forced to stay.

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Repaying Force

From the Boundless Life collection

Repaying force with counter-force,
Can this deliver peace?
Revenge for death, revenge for loss
Is this how wars will cease?

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When the picture haunts my mind

From the Boundless Life collection

When the picture haunts my mind
Of a starving child who dies,
When my silence is disturbed
By the mother’s plaintive cries
How dear God shall I respond
To the tears that flood my eyes?

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What is Progressive Christianity?

Today we examine “Progressive” Christianity. In particular, what is “Progressive Christianity”? Including what that term is most widely understood to mean today, how that label is evolving, and how we can still build a community around it. As well as what it might imply to situate one’s self amongst “Progressive Christians” in today’s growing post-modern context. We will also be exploring whether there can be any “hope” in progressive ideas about Christianity. As well as why it can be nice to have progressive communities around to help facilitate conversation with others of similar mind, background, and experience.

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