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Stand Still

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known…

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We Are All Nuns

When it comes to the Vatican’s crackdown on women religious, I believe it’s time to declare that for the purpose of this struggle: we are all nuns. The mandate by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith …

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A Prayer to do with Children

From Children Praying a New Story A Prayer to do with Children Thanks for the Spirit of God in our Lives By: Michael Morwood   We give thanks for the Spirit of God in our world and …

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Meditation on Compassion

Immeasurable compassion is the aspiration, “May all beings be free from suffering and its causes.” With the cultivation of compassion we can achieve a state of mind that is non-violent, non harming, and nonaggressive. It is viewed by many great teachers as the heart of a true spiritual path.

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Excerpts, Activity, Affirmation

“We begin to live a sacred life when we start to become a source of blessing through our actions. As we apply the dynamic power of the alchemy of the seed, we set in motion the wheels of a better life.” ~Emory J. Michael

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A Course in Miracles

A Course in Miracles begins… Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.

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Automation

The word spirituality fills me with anxiety. As the member of our department of religious studies who teaches contemporary religion, (New Age, popular culture, Asian religion in America, that sort of thing…) I should be a spirituality expert, ready to use the word as a clever retort for my cynical family members, as a piece of sage advice for my sincere, confused graduating majors, or as a contextualizing quote for the religion writer from our local paper.

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Testing Prayer: Science and Healing

Drawing on medical records, surveys of prayer recipients, prospective clinical trials, and multiyear follow-up observations and interviews, Brown shows that the widespread perception of prayer’s healing power has demonstrable social effects which can in some cases produce improvements in health that can be scientifically verified.

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How to live as a Christian without having to believe the unbelievable

Rev. Jim Burklo is the Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. An ordained United Church of Christ pastor, he is the author of books on progressive Christianity: OPEN CHRISTIANITY: Home by Another Road and BIRDLIKE AND BARNLESS: Meditations, Prayers, and Songs for Progressive Christians. His latest book, HITCH-HIKING TO ALASKA: The Way of Soulful Service, will be published late in 2012. You can read his weekly blog, “Musings”, at www.tcpc.blogs.com/musings , and his personal website is www.jimburklo.com .

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If Darwin Prayed: Prayers for Evolutionary Mystics

These are new prayers for a new age. They spark the spiritual imagination back to life and reorient us to a mystical unity with the universe, Spirit, and all of creation.

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Topics: Clergy/Ministry, Devotional, Spiritual Exploration & Practice, and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Books and Prayers.

Bhakti: A Kirtan Album, CD

“…a soaring beautiful collection of kirtan chants… The combination of Gregorian-style chanting with harmonium is quite breathtaking…All the music on this album is stunning, tightly performed and beautiful.”

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Topics: Arts and Music, Devotional, Spiritual Exploration & Practice, The Arts & Culture, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Eight points. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Ages: All Ages. Resource Types: Music.

So There Is No God (A Church Without God – Chapter III)

Rev. Ernest Harrison begins his provocatively titled third chapter of his 1966 book “A Church Without God” by asking, “If Mother Church is dead, we cannot long delay asking the question: What about God? She offered herself as his one true agent; and we must ask if this God, in whose name she acted, has also died.”

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Open Christianity: Home by Another Road

“Open Christianity” maintains that yes, you can leave behind that which has ceased to make sense, and still be very Christian.

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