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Is the Sense of Self an Illusion?

Would you comment from your Christian perspective on the Buddhist assertion that we have no separate self or separate existence because we cannot understand who we are without understanding who we aren’t, and our separate existence is known only because of everything we are? Is the sense of self an illusion?

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In Need of Prayer? How Do We Pray In This Crisis?

For many of us, social distancing, has created a wall between us and separated us from our lives. Bumping up against this wall over and over again, our noses can almost smell the fear filled mortar which oozes from the newly laid brickwork.

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Black in Mississippi, Part 1 – “My Mother. My Hero.”

Our scholars and audiences seek understanding about the history and faith of religious people and culture—but not just for the sake of knowledge. Faith And Reason challenges faith to confront injustice in our world. Today, that means taking a critical look at the injustice right in our own backyard.

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The Eighth Apocalypse: Part 4

  The Higher Mind, Quantum Physics, and the Basis of Hope   Determinism is Antithetical to Free Will The famous mathematician, LaPlace, claimed that he could calculate the future state of everything in the world if he …

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A review of SAVING GOD FROM RELIGION: A minister’s search for faith in a skeptical age

by Robin R Meyers

  A review of SAVING GOD FROM RELIGION: A minister’s search for faith in a skeptical age. by Robin R Meyers 2020 Published by Convergent, New York (an imprint of Random House) by Beverley Burlock I confess, …

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Sermon Video: Social Distancing with Jesus

  Sermon with Rev. Caleb J. Lines, University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) UCC San Diego Children Worship & Wonder Story – Marshala Salgado-Solorio Scripture Reading – Luke 4:1-13 – Tim Stigers   Rev. Caleb J. Lines …

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Restoration of Spirit

  Click below for Video of Sermon     Prelude Singing Bell and Call to Worship: L: Our lives feel all disjointed as though they were a valley of dry bones. P: But the Spirit of God …

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Universal Mystery

I once considered myself an atheist. However I now consider myself an ‘a-theist’ vs an ‘atheist’. This to me means I have abandoned the Biblical personal God. However, I cannot pull away from ‘Universal Mystery’

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A Special Place

I was reading a book this morning entitled, “Crossing the Threshold of Hope”, by John Paul II, the copyright was 1994. I went to bed early and woke at 5am, so decided to read before getting up. This was a “sort of” question and answer book. The book dealt with specific questions asked of John Paul by the compiler, Vittorio Messori

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“…The Peace of Christ be with you… And also with you…”

The peace that we share when we turn and shake hands
Is simply the peace that our Savior commands.

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What is God?

If the traditional theistic notion has been debunked, is there one Progressive view?

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Free Weekly Contemplation Email

The Educational Center offers a free WEEKLY CONTEMPLATION email which provides the weekly text, a series of guided questions/activities and an applicable image.

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Diana Butler Bass Meme: Recognizing Our Humanity

That is precisely when we recognize our common humanity

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The Bible on Gender, Race and Sexuality

Why do some progressive Christians seem to ignore what the Bible says on gender, race and sexuality?

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The Fast That Love Has Chosen

Fast from fear and feast on love.

Fast from violence, feast on peace.

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Exodus

When I was at Union Theological Seminary in NYC back in the mid 60s there were two courses on the history of ancient Israel, one based on a book by William Albright, the other on a text by a German scholar, Martin Noth. The interesting thing was that they presented two quite different histories of Israel.

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The Pandemic’s “Monastic” Opportunity

To several readers, already isolated because of health or age or retirement, I’ve written this could be our “monastic” opportunity to experience the value of being “all-one” (where the word “alone” comes from) as well as resting in God, taking a break and a breath and a breather, especially important resisting a respiratory infection.

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Let’s take care of one another. Let’s share our resources whether that is money or toilet paper. Let’s inject humor into our conversation and encourage one another. This crisis will be over one day, and when it is, let’s have carried on in a way that we can be proud of.

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