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Half of Us – SBNR Daily 3-2-11

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Listening Past the Shrillness of Our Own Voices, Military Youth Ministries Going After Non-churchgoing Kids at Non-Religious Events, Lent Gets a Makeover…

Half of Us – SBNR Daily 3-2-11

Today’s Goodness: More than half of all college students have reported feeling so depressed they couldn’t function. HalfofUs.com lets them know they are not alone. There they can hear the stories of fellow students and celebrities that have struggled with mental illness, from eating disorders to bipolar to cutting. The site also offers tips for dealing with stress, ways to help a friend, an anonymous mental health screening to “check yourself”, and most importantly, ways to get help now. College students are excellent at putting on a mask, so it is sometimes very hard to know when they are struggling. Pass this along to someone you love and let them know they are not alone.

Check out Half of Us.

You are a blessing! ~The SBNR Team


Today’s Teaching:

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“Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace.”

From: As a Man Thinketh
By James Allen


Today’s Meditation:

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“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”
– Christopher Reeve

The power of one.


Spirituality Posts:

1. Krista Tippett: Listening Past the Shrillness of Our Own Voices — and Others
“The truth is, we’ve forgotten critical aspects of human communication that need a place as we deliberate the open questions and bitter chasms the 21st century is presenting. Listening is chief among these — dwelling with questions rather than wielding competing answers like blunt instruments.”

2. Arnie Kozak: The Question is the Answer
“Work is a process of cultivating uncertainty, nurturing it and using it to direct our actions. Life outside of work, too, requires the same navigation. Can we live our way into the answers that we need? This requires that we give up our preoccupation searching for answer and being impatient with the questions that beset us.”

3. Chris Rodda:
Attention Unchurched Military Personnel: They’re Coming For Your Children

“These DoD contracted religious education directors and military youth ministries, many of which are also funded by the DoD, are clearly not just hired to provide programs for kids who are already churchgoers. They are blatantly instructed to go after the non-churchgoing kids at non-religious events and locations and bring them into the fold.”


Top Spirituality News:

1. The Pew Forum/RNS: Age-old Lent Gets a 21st-century Makeover
“Lent is getting a makeover, especially in some Protestant traditions where it hasn’t always drawn strong interest. The carbon fast is one of several initiatives aimed at reinvigorating Lent by linking themes of fasting and abstention to wider social causes.”

2. The New York Times: Rev. Peter J. Gomes, Harvard Minister, Dies at 68
“The Rev. Peter J. Gomes, a Harvard minister, theologian and author who announced that he was gay a generation ago and became one of America’s most prominent spiritual voices against intolerance, died on Monday in Boston. He was 68.”

3. Reuters: British Christian Couple Loses Foster Ruling Over Gays Stance
“A British Christian couple opposed to homosexuality because of their faith lost a court battle in London on Monday over the right to become foster carers.”

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