Today’s Goodness: We love a good Robin Hood story, without the whole ‘stealing’ bit. Luckily for us, there are plenty of wonderful organizations dedicated to helping the fortunate give to the less fortunate. One such organization is Pedals for Progress, which helps affluent Americans donate their used bicycles to less privileged individuals that need cheap, non-polluting transportation to get to jobs, markets, customers, and schools in developing countries. Have an unused bicycle in your basement that needs a new home? Click here to check out their collection schedule.
Visit Pedals for Progress.
Sending you a virtual hug today! ~The SBNR Team
“We do not need to move elsewhere in order to find truth, for it is always present in the clear immediacy of our own direct experience… Neither do we need the endless and exhausting search to attain spiritual freedom – it is already profoundly present within the natural spaciousness of our true being.”
From: An Extraordinary Absence:
Liberation in the Midst of a Very Ordinary Life
By Jeff Foster
Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, at the event “Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus”, from the 2009 World Science Festival, June 12, 2009.
1. Frank Schaeffer: We Need Freedom From Religion Not Just Freedom of Religion
“Religious freedom means freedom to worship in the church of your choosing and to believe anything you want or not to believe. But before a child reaches 18, society should protect her or him from people hiding behind our overly religion-friendly laws.”
2. Ronald Alexander, Ph.D: Expressing Mindful Love Through Service
“I think it’s important to see that we are all in this together; it’s not about acquiring more stuff or taking care of what you have. It’s about actively — in a social, political or spiritual way — contributing to the whole thing.”
3. Bernard Schweizer: New-Age Positive Thinking, Disguised as Christianity
“But there is another type—eutheism on steroids—and it is designed to pre-empt any quarrel with God, nipping misotheism in the bud, as it were. I’m referring to what Barbara Ehrenreich calls “positive theology” and what’s otherwise known as “prosperity gospel.”
Top Spirituality News:
1. The Times Union/AP: Muslim Brotherhood Plans Political Party
“Egypt’s long banned Muslim Brotherhood said Tuesday it intends to form a political party once democracy is established, as the country’s new military rulers launched a panel of experts to amend the country’s constitution enough to allow democratic elections later this year.”
2. The Boston Globe/AP: Vatican Increasingly Concerned about Piracy
“The Vatican is becoming increasingly concerned about piracy and opened a conference Monday on providing better assistance to hijacked sailors and their families back home.”
3. The Salt Lake Tribune:
Activist Delivers Petition Urging Mexico to Curb LDS Missionary Visas
“A Latino activist, urging the LDS Church to take a stronger stance against enforcement-only immigration bills, delivered to the Mexican Consulate on Monday a letter signed by more than 130 people that asks President Felipe Calderón’s government to suspend visas to Mormon missionaries.”