Global Works – SBNR Daily 2-3-11


A Christian Defines Ex-Christians, Meditation Program Helps Reduce Violence in Prison, The Dalai Lama Calls India’s Religious Tolerance a Model for the World…

Global Works – SBNR Daily 2-3-11

Today’s Goodness: Recently some friends of ours mentioned that their children’s friends were being given some amazing opportunities to travel the world on mission trips, and our friends wondered if there were any secular organizations that offer a similar experience. Global Works is one such organization. They offer a community service travel program for teens to countries around the globe, from Fiji to Peru. Through service, language immersion, and adventure travel, Global Works strives to foster personal growth and promote social and cultural awareness for young adults. One of our very own staffers traveled with Global Works as a teen to Costa Rica and claims it was a life changing experience.

Check out Global Works.

Enjoy your day! ~The SBNR Team

Today’s Teaching:


“When you regard the soul with an open mind, you begin to find the messages that lie within the illness, the corrections that can be found in remorse and other uncomfortable feelings, and the necessary changes requested by depression and anxirty.”

From: Care of the Soul:
A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life

By Thomas Moore

Today’s Meditation:


Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
~ Rabindranath Tagore

A hypnotic display of color in the official music video for ‘Ljósið’ taken from Ólafur Arnalds – ‘Found Songs’ (2009)

Spirituality Posts:

1. Frank Schaeffer: How Do You Pick Up the Pieces After Your Faith Fails?
“I don’t think there is a “how to” because of something I’ve learned along the way: There is no final arrival… Some days I’m an atheist, on others an agnostic, on other days I believe and feel God’s hand “on me” as we used to say.”

2. Greg Richter: `Ex-Christian’: Gone for Good, or Good to be Gone?
“A lot of Christians fear the corrupting influence of “the world,” but when it comes to the spiritual plights of young people, what happens inside the church matters most. Even for those lured away by alternative spiritualities such as Wicca, their “de-conversions” were precipitated by what happened inside rather than outside the church. In other words, it was more push than pull.”

3. Mark Silk: Fundamentalism at WaPo
“…the only tradition that believes itself to be directly countered by evolution is fundamentalist Christianity, which emerged in the early 20th century in part to combat Darwinian theory and what it considered its baleful effects on Christian orthodoxy. To that end, the early fundamentalists invented the idea of biblical “inerrancy” and made it a pillar of their faith.”

Top Spirituality News:

1. The Daily Sentinel: Meditation Program Helps Reduce Violence AL Prison
“Despite a history of violence at the William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility, which is named for a slain corrections officer, the prison outside Birmingham has become the model for a meditation program that officials say helps inmates learn the self control and social skills they never got in the outside world.”

2. The Tibet Post: India’s Religious Tolerance a Model for World, says His Holiness
“Tibet’s spiritual and polical leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama called India an example for the rest of the world as all major religious traditions have been kept alive here for thousands of years. His Holiness also urged the country to more actively promote its two treasures, which he said were religious harmony and ahimsa.”

3. St. Clair Shores Patch: Program Ensures No One Dies Alone
“A chaplain discusses creating sacred spaces for patients. This doesn’t necessarily mean religion, Bartoszek says. He calls most volunteers “spiritual,” not religious. But the chaplain encourages volunteers to tailor the experience to the patient’s background.”


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