Today’s Goodness: Our friend Cathy Zheutlin hosts the Wisdom Keepers Project where she posts video teachings by some Holy Rascals. Holy Rascals are people who transcend religious exclusivity. They are true inter-spiritual visionaries, leading mystics and spiritual sages.
Check out some of the Holy Rascals videos.
Bring it on, 2011! ~The SBNR Team
“There is a transcendent energy whose source is in heaven, and this flows into us as soon as we wish for it. It is a real energy; it performs actions through the agency of our souls and of our bodies.”
From: Waiting for God
By Simone Weil
Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.
~ Pablo Picasso
A twist on the traditional ice-breaker…
1. Bernard Starr: We Are A Religious Nation — Or Are We?
“A journalist once asked Mahatma Gandhi what he thought of Western civilization. He answered: “It’s a good idea. They ought to try it”. Similarly, we might urge followers of world religions: “Some nice moral principles. You ought to live them.”
2. Terry Mattingly: 2010 Was That Kind of Year in Religion
“It was that kind of year, with many of the most vital news stories and trends rooted in confusing clashes about religious liberty, law, history and tradition.”
3. Mark Silk: The Influence of Religion
“Right now, we’re at one of those points when Americans overwhelmingly say that religion is losing influence–as in the late 60s and early 90s.”
Top Spirituality News:
1. Yahoo News: Pope to Hold Peace Summit with Religious Heads
” Pope Benedict, worried over increasing inter-religious violence, will host a summit of world religious leaders in Assisi in October to discuss how they can better promote peace, he announced on Saturday.”
2. Orlando Sentinel: Generation Gap Imperils Gay Church
“Mainline Protestant denominations such as Baptists, Episcopalians, Lutherans and Methodists are dealing with the same doomsday demographic of aging congregations. But the gay church faces not only fewer young people attending church, but also a greater acceptance of gays in other churches.”
3. Haaretz: Rabbis’ Wives Urge Israeli Women: Stay Away from Arab Men
“A new letter signed by 30 women suggests that girls who date non-Jews will be cut off from their ‘holy race’.”