A Song For #StandingRock

My Dear Friends,

I recorded this song as tears streamed down my face.

Something about this melody and rhythm drew the emotion out of me through the tears. In this time there is so much heaviness in the world that we are exposed to, and I sometimes feel overwhelmed with all that is happening and how we are treating each other and the earth. It sometimes feels like a deep pain that I can’t explain with words.

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Standing Rock Allies Resource Packet

The following four documents were prepared by members of the Solidariteam. The Oceti Sakowin Camp Protocols were written with camp elders.

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The Ascent of Humanity: Civilization and the Human Sense of Self

The Age of Separation, the Age of Reunion, and the convergence of crises that is birthing the transition

Charles Eisenstein explores the history and potential future of civilization, tracing the converging crises of our age to the illusion of the separate self. In this landmark book, Eisenstein explains how a disconnection from the natural world and one another is built into the foundations of civilization: into science, religion, money, technology, medicine, and education as we know them. As a result, each of these institutions faces a grave and growing crisis, fueling our near-pathological pursuit of technological fixes even as we push our planet to the brink of collapse.

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False Beliefs Behind Science and Religion

Until five hundred years ago, thinking people assumed that truth was largely based on pure reason, revelation, and intuition, Since then we have discovered that it comes almost exclusively from evidence. But our concepts of truth, minds, and God are still based on pre-Renaissance beliefs, ignoring what science has discovered about information processing and the brain. By re-thinking them, we can open the door to a better world.

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Reflections: Theological Memoirs #6

Reflection Number 6: A Zone by any other name...

We all have experiences in our life that go beyond the ordinary, and they go by many names that you have no doubt heard: flow, peak experience, in the zone, Now, non-duality, direct experience, non-reflexive experience, the holy, cosmic Thou. They are spoken of by everyone from sports announcers to Buddhist monks. The different words have specific connotations to their individual proponents, but they all come close to meaning the same thing.

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Happiness – Ideal Wisdom

  This is the 4th in a 4-Part Series which offer a practical path to loving your life every day. Click here to read Part 1. Click here to read Part 2. Click here to read Part …

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From Roots to Branches, Spiritual Affirmations and Stories

Every parent and educator will welcome the blend of multicultural tales, biographies, universal spirituality, and original fun adventures of children who could live on your street. Expansive, respectful, real, and warm with kindness, these stories offer possibilities for life to children and adults who feel in their heart that they belong to a larger reality.

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The Gospel of Thomas

Echoes from the Past Expressing Hope for Humanity

Given the ecological challenges now facing humanity, how should we be redefining our relationship to ourselves and to our planet? That is the question beginning to haunt us.

Jesus gives us an answer in the Gospel of Thomas found at Nag Hammadi, Egypt in 1945.

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Water Has Memory

By Love Nature

Water — just a liquid or much more? Many researchers are convinced that water is capable of “memory” by storing information and retrieving it. The possible applications are innumerable: limitless retention and storage capacity and the key to discovering the origins of life on our planet. Research into water is just beginning.

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The Fight Against the Dakota Pipeline

The fight against the Dakota Access pipeline has brought together a historic gathering of tribes from across North America.

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“For as long as it takes”: Native American protesters defy North Dakota pipeline construction

  We are protectors, not protesters’: why I’m fighting the North Dakota pipeline   The Dakota Access pipeline threatens to destroy our sacred ground. I am defending the land and water of my people, as my ancestors did …

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Save the Animals, Save the Planet?

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Save the planet and you will save its creatures. That point seems obvious. It turns out, however, that the reverse may be true, too.

A growing body of research suggests that the decline of many of Earth’s largest and most majestic animals—such as elephants, wolves and whales—could actually speed global warming because of the under-appreciated role they play in mopping up carbon dioxide emissions.

Plants and microbes have gotten most of the attention for their ability to store carbon. But a small group of scientists is showing that some animals can influence the types—and numbers—of plants that populate their environments.

With more than half of the world’s largest land animals already either threatened or endangered, the goal is to highlight a hidden climate benefit of species conservation before it’s too late.

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The Green Earth Challenge: Integrating Faith & the Environment

The book provides a biblical foundation for honoring the Earth through demonstrating God’s compassion for the earth, that all he made was good. It reveals the beauty of many of the countries in which she has traveled as well as environmental crisis plaguing some of these countries. Each chapter deals with a different aspect of the environment such as the flora, the fauna, clean air, the lack of clean water, and the global warming energy crisis as well as the consequences when there is failure to heed scientific warnings of future peril.

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Lessons in Chaplaincy…Part 1~ Divine Synchronicity

Life is full of these kinds of sacred signs, when we are open to them. They are like the sign posts pointing us down the paths of our dreams. They are like the nudges our loving mothers give us to move forward in spite of our fears. They are the reminders of what we already know but have mostly forgotten, like the dreams that fade when awakening. I know I am on the right path, when things easily fall into place and magical moments occur.

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Reflections: Theological Memoirs #3

Reflection Number 3: From the Very Big to the Very Small

For my feeble mind, whether god is a Cosmic Person or Being-Itself is a question beyond my ability to think. And I can’t even understand quantum theory, much less see how god fits into it. It’s a reality almost impossible to conceive, and particle physicists themselves have no consensus. Finally, it seems, theology shares incomprehensibility with another discipline! Both god and science transcend our ability to comprehend. Stay tuned for further developments in this breaking story. Maybe the quantum physicists will have an answer. In the meanwhile, I’ll listen to the heavenly chorus of the mockingbird.

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Reflections: Theological Memoirs #2

Reflection Number 2: Homo Sapiens, God, and the Evolving Universe

… if we begin our reflection with the Jesus/disciple encounter, the line of demarcation between faith and science is that faith sees the cosmos as informed by love, and science does not. That’s basic. But seeing the world as informed by love can be true not only of people of faith, but of people of all convictions, faith and non-faith, round the world. Just recently there was a report about a study that shows how compassion not only benefits the receiver but the giver as well. Seems as though there is something in our genes that rejoices in helping others. As I said earlier, that was the fundamental message of Jesus’ disciples, that the meaning of the resurrection is not a resuscitated body, but the omnipotence of love and compassion. Available to all.

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What is the world? Who are we? What are we going to do about it?

What are the big questions that religion answers?

I know what you are thinking, this being St. Andrew’s, and St. Andrew’s being a good liberal Protestant church: “Bob, it’s not about answers but about living the questions.”

We can say that, yet we do need answers. Questions are fine in church, but we live day-to-day by answers, no matter how tentative and incomplete they may have to be. Whether or not there are any definitive ones to be found, we’re all hunting for answers.

One traditional formulation of the questions that various religions seek to answer is: Where did we come from? What happens to us when we die? How are we to live?

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Make Communications a Major Draw on Your Time

You should be spending as much as 50% of your time on communications, I told a group of clergy at the Kenyon Institute’s “Beyond Walls” writing seminar for religious professionals.

That means time spent blogging to the vast world outside your walls, engaging with prospects, and communicating with your flocks. It means email campaigns, as well as ad hoc emailing. It means creative use of social media, especially Facebook. It means messaging. But always, three audiences, and distinct messages tailored to the questions, hungers, issues, yearnings that actually occupy each audience.

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