A Wrinkle in Religion

This week I tessered again, through a novel that left a deep impression on me when I was eleven or twelve years old: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962). More than recalling the plot, I have always remembered the feeling I had while reading it: a sense of wonder, fascination, and warmth. All that came flooding back through me as I read it for the second time a few days ago.

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A Joyful Path, Children’s Curriculum Year Two – Full PDF

In A Joyful Path, Year Two, we focus on some of the main tenets of Progressive Christianity and Spirituality, giving our children the foundation they need to walk the path of Jesus in today’s world. It has stories and affirmations written to help children clarify their own personal beliefs while staying open to the wisdom of other traditions.

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Worship Materials: Spirituality

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

1. Beyond the encounter with the historic Jesus is the meeting with the Inner Christ.
2. The spiritual journey takes us from self-affirmation to divine affirmation, from affirmation of the divine within to the affirmation of the divine in all people in some form or other.

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Gospel Song

earthsized waves ring gospel truth
in measures long as swells of surf
wide as air among redwood trees
a word or tune will catch the beat

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Tapestry of Life

Our lives can be described through the language of pictorial depiction
So can humankind’s relation to our Creator-God, often with conviction

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Word Jazz for Corita Kent

I was shopping for a college to attend and my school counselor gave my name and address to Immaculate Heart College. Just old enough to realize my heart was not immaculate? How could this be the right college for a young leftish wannabe political activist Who spoke no Catholic?

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Worship Materials: Creativity/Beauty/Imagination

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

1. New images arise out of the death of old images so do not be afraid of the wilderness or of the dying.
2. The journey inwards to the place of the inner child is a journey of unlearning – reclaiming trust in one’s creativity and spirituality.

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Eyes for God

Because the earth is all around
The earth I cannot see
Because I use my eyes to look
My eyes are lost to me

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The Compass

It’s simply a magnetic pointer that swivels on a pivot Northerly it leads us and there’s confidence we give it Called a “compass” that points us in the right direction But where we go needs some thoughtful …

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The Clothing of the Divine Presence

“God,” our creator — it’s really just a human-given name Humbly self-described in the book of Genesis as “I am” The source of life known to the ancients, likely not tangibly seen Stories of a burning bush …

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Worship Materials: Change/Evolution/Choice

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

1. Every apparently static order is but a temporary illusion.
2. The illusion of the order and the reality of the chaos.

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A Creed for Healing Transformation

I believe in a mysterious impulse, where the essence of peace restores what is good
I believe in healing love that grows through faith to create joy

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A Matter Of Belief

In most conservative Christian circles, the importance of belief is talked about
“You’ve got to see God like we see Him — for salvation, you can’t do without!”

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Worship Materials: Reverence and Humor

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

Practice noticing what is humorous and on reflection you will be able to fill your life with laughter.
The person who can laugh at disaster has conquered it.

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Worship Materials: Interfaith

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

THEME The Complexities of Spirituality
THOUGHTS FOR REFLECTION
Instead of concentrating on what we think is wrong with other world religions, our time could be spent more profitably on identifying what we have in common.

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Worship Materials: Beginnings and Endings of the Day and Blessings

From the Celebrating Mystery collection

ON RISING
May awareness be my companion,
love my friend
and amazement my expectation.

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Downward Mobility

More and more and then some more
is nothing more than more.
More is rarely better.
More is simply more.

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The Upper Lake

I walk along the wooded path
that leads to a sacred spot
flooded with the past,
drenched in the present,
and spilling over into the future.

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