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Beliefs and Worldviews

What tells us more-a lot more-is someone’s worldview, the stage of development in which they operate. Two people who ostensibly share the same beliefs, but have different worldviews, are far more different than two people with the same worldview but different beliefs. This is one reason why churches are increasingly useless. Defining your affiliation with others based on beliefs, despite different worldviews (often starkly different), holds us all back.

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Amen: What Prayer Can Mean in a World Beyond Belief

In Amen, Gretta Vosper, United Church minister and author of the controversial bestseller With or Without God, offers us her deeply felt examination of worship beyond conventional prayer, a new tradition built on love and respect rather than on the rituals of ancient beliefs.

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Wild Goose Announces 2nd Site, “Wild Goose West,” for 2012

As many of you know, Wild Goose (www.wildgoosefestival.org) launched its debut festival at the intersection of justice, spirituality, music, and art in June 2011. Today, after much anticipation, we are pleased to announce we are expanding our festival …

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Resurrection Reflections

Dogs Barking in the Distance

I still remember the existential gut wrenching I felt when I first read John Dominic Crossan’s assertion that underneath the resurrection story that cracks like holy thunder on Easter morning was the more likely scenario that the crucified body of Jesus was probably consumed by wild dogs.

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How to Read the Bible

2) The Hebrew scriptures, or the Old Testament, represent a religious tradition that is independent of the later Christian faith. The Hebrew scriptures aren’t about Jesus, although the Christian scriptures include many references to the Hebrew scriptures. To honor the fundamental differences between the two sets of scriptures doubles the spiritual significance of the entire Bible.

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Wild Goose West Announcement

The festival “at the intersection of justice, spirituality, music and art” debuted to 1,700 people on a 72 acre farm in North Carolina last year. This year, ticket sales for the 2nd annual event in North Carolina have …

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DEAS…and Other Imaginings. Ten Spiritual Folktales for Children

Somewhere between zen and folktales, somewhere between child’s play and wisdom, somewhere between dreaming the world and healing it. Read these stories aloud – to your child, to your love, or to yourself beneath a sacred tree.

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A Theology of Compassion

Madison Shockley is is Pastor of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, California. Here he describes his presentation at the 2009 Compassion & Choices Symposium held in Washington, DC September 13-14.

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A Year After the Non-Apocalypse: Where Are They Now?

For a while, their message was everywhere. They paid for billboards, took out full-page ads in newspapers, distributed thousands of tracts. They drove across the county in RVs emblazoned with verses from the books of Revelation and …

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Orthodox Rally for a More Kosher Internet

An upcoming ultra-Orthodox mega-rally in New York about the dangers posed by the Internet has a promotional Twitter account. The event’s box office has an email address. Speeches will be live streamed. And one of the event’s organizers …

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The Phoenix Affirmations: A New Vision for the Future of Christianity

The Phoenix Affirmations, named for the town in which the principles were created and the mythological bird adopted by ancient Christians as a symbol of resurrection, offers disillusioned and spiritually homeless Christians and others a sense of hope and a more tolerant, joyful, and compassionate message than those we often hear from the media and some Christian leaders.

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