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Monday, June 13, 2011

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10 Obstacles to Sane Spirituality, God-Fearing or God-Less: What Inspires Good Works?, All Are God’s Children: On Including Gays and Lesbians in the Church and Society…

Happy Monday! ~The SBNR.org Team


Today’s Meditation:

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Virginia Fitton, teacher and seminar leader, offers a guided meditation on what it means to be present to the current moment, and to the world around us.


Spirituality News & Posts:

1. Julian Walker: 10 Obstacles to Sane Spirituality…
“My hope is that by the end of this article, perhaps you will agree that not only are these 10 obstacles quite problematic, but that they can also serve as 10 doorways or portals that lead to a more sane, integrated next stage of spiritual growth. This requires curiosity about what lies obscured from view underneath or behind each obstacle.”

2. Sheri Lawson: God-Fearing or God-Less: What Inspires Good Works?
“Do people who are raised without religion or a concept of God become evil? Do we need religion to teach us to be good because humans are born inherently bad? That’s a question I have to ask others because I personally believe I’m a good person, and I know that my religious upbringing contributed to that. But I no longer practice any religion, and I’m still a good person.”

3. Wild Goose Festival:
Spiritual But Not Religious: Anne Rice, Christianity, and Wild Goose Culture

“The biggest dividing point between people of faith today is not liberal versus conservative – it’s SBNR (spiritual-but-not-religious) versus the happily-religious (who are also, we presume, spiritual too). But need this be a dividing line? In the wake of seismic religious change in the past century, coupled with increased awareness of the very real injustices perpetuated by institutionalized faith, it would seem that many are drawing this line in the sand.”

4. Desmond Tutu:
All Are God’s Children: On Including Gays and Lesbians in the Church and Society
“It is also a matter of love. Every human being is precious. We are all — all of us — part of God’s family. We all must be allowed to love each other with honor. Yet all over the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are persecuted. We treat them as pariahs and push them outside our communities. We make them doubt that they too are children of God. This must be nearly the ultimate blasphemy. We blame them for what they are.”

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