Pew Forum – SBNR Daily 1-21-11


A Non-Prophet Organization, The Shrinking Free Exercise Clause, The Russian Orthodox Church Dress Code…

Pew Forum – SBNR Daily 1-21-11

Today’s Goodness: Another site we visit frequently is the Pew Forum. The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, which launched in 2001, seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. You may have seen their recently highly publicized survey on U.S. Religious Knowledge. In addition to conducting surveys, demographic analyses and other social science research, the Pew Forum also provides a neutral venue for discussions of timely issues through roundtables and briefings.

Check out the Pew Forum.

You are amazing! ~The SBNR Team

Today’s Teaching:


“When you discover your essential nature and know who you really are, in that knowing itself is the ability to fulfill any dream you have, because you are the eternal possibility, the immeasurable potential of all that was, is, and will be.”

From: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success:
A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams

By Deepak Chopra

Today’s Meditation:


This is the story of Dick & Rick Hoyt, the most inspirational father and son team to race in an Ironman.

Spirituality Posts:

1. Robert Bassler: A Non-Prophet Organization?
“A reader recently objected to our use of the phrase “the Prophet Mohammad” in news stories, saying that he as a Christian did not consider Mohammad a prophet and many other non-Muslims presumably didn’t either, therefore we should not write about him as if everyone agreed he was one.”

2. Mark Silk: My Brothers, My Sisters
“All men are brothers” is an assertion of our common humanity. So it seemed like a rejection of it for Alabama’s newly elected governor to restrict his own brotherhood to fellow Christians–or, more accurately, to fellow evangelicals.

3. Bruce Ledewitz: The Incredible Shrinking Free Exercise Clause
“The free exercise clause of the First Amendment prohibits government—originally just the federal government, but now all government at all levels—from, well, prohibiting the free exercise of religion.”

Top Spirituality News:

1. Reuters: Orthodox Church Asks Russian Women to Dress Modestly
“Russian feminists expressed outrage Wednesday after the country’s Orthodox Church proposed women dress more modestly and refrain from walking down the street “painted like a clown.”

2. The Washington Post/AP: Religious Hospitals’ Restrictions Sparking Conflicts, Scrutiny
“…disputes between hospitals and church authorities appear to be arising because of a confluence of factors: Economic pressures are spurring greater consolidation in the hospital industry, prompting religiously affiliated institutions to take over or merge with secular ones, imposing church directives on them.”

3. BBC: US Pastor Terry Jones Banned From Entering UK
“Controversial US pastor Terry Jones has been barred from entering the UK for the public good, the Home Office says.”


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