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Imagining the Post-Occupy Social Movement

If one were to honestly assess Occupy’s current strengths and weaknesses as a movement, confusion must be the inevitable result. This is because Occupy is not one movement, but an umbrella term that encompasses several different groups that …

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Prayer for creation

Creator God, may we live in harmony with all of creation. “As the swift seasons roll,” May we daily heal our world, both her peoples and all that share life upon her. And in healing, may we …

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Bicycle Brilliance and the Greening of America’s Streets

The Green Lane Project brings bicycling into the 21st century—with positive results for the nation’s health, economy, environment and commutes You can glimpse the future right now in forward-looking American cities—a few blocks here, a mile there …

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Bikes Belong launches project for protected bikeways—Green Lane Project

Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Portland, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., Announce Plans for Safer, Stress-Free Bicycling Bikes Belong Foundation will launch its Green Lane Project, a new project to bring protected bikeways to six U.S. cities, at a …

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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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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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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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The Forest v. The Faithful: A Born-Again Environmentalist Tells All

Brenda Peterson is a nature writer, born into a family that believed that we are living in the end times. We talk to her about her Southern Baptist background, what fundamentalists and environmentalists have in common, and about her new memoir, I Want to Be Left Behind.

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Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch’s Buddhist Spirituality Permeated His Life And Music

UPDATE: News outlets have confirmed that Yauch’s death was from cancer. Adam Yauch, the Beastie Boys member who went by the stage name MCA, had long practiced Tibetan Buddhism before his death, which was announced Friday in several …

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Progressive Books Study Guide #1

Click here for the Progressive Books Group Study Guide 1 of 10   Have You Been Left Behind? Book-Based Discussion Guides for Progressive Christians   Books Studied: Why Christianity Must Change or Die, John Shelby Spong The …

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Inside All

“Inside all / Is a universe / Energy flowing.” So begins a journey at the outermost edge of everything. Inside the universe is a galaxy, milky and glowing, and inside the galaxy is a planet, blue and hopeful. The text moves from space to earth, from valley to village, and finally to a home where a child sleeps.

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Meditation on Compassion

Immeasurable compassion is the aspiration, “May all beings be free from suffering and its causes.”

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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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Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians

Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians.

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Redefining Christ and Christianity

This report examines an American religious movement called progressive Christianity and what it can tell us about religion in the modern world.

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Would that we could

Would that we could read plainly
all the words ever spent in the pursuit of truth
and that they might direct us to its fullness.

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Some musical tips for a religious season

Music is, to my mind, the purest form of artistic expression, even when, as in most of these religious works I am examing, it is wedded to Biblical texts and thus tied implicitly to the doctrinal expressions of faith they proclaim.

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Rethinking Prayer and Health Research: An Exploratory Inquiry on Prayer’s Psychological Dimension

A brief literature review of cancer survival trials is employed by the author to raise questions on their design and to bring speculatively into discussion concepts such as “worldview”, “intentional normative dissociation”, and “psychosomatic plasticity-proneness”. Using prayer’s psychological dimension as …

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