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SBNR Daily 10-8-10: An Artist’s Diary

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Gadgets And God, Animals Are Spiritual Beings Too, Each Day Is A Work Of Art…

SBNR Daily 10-8-10: An Artist’s Diary

SPIRITUAL BOOK EXCERPT:

What if the question is not why am I so infrequently the person I really want to be, but why do I so infrequently want to be the person I really am?

From: The Dance
By Oriah Mountain Dreamer

SPIRITUALITY POSTS:

1. Garrett Baer: Can Religion Save You From Marketing?
“The upcoming issue of Marketing Science features a paper of interest to the devout, the atheist, and everyone in between. “Brands: The Opiate of the Non-Religious Masses?” is the result of testing a provocative hypothesis: what is the relationship between brand loyalty and religiosity?”

2. Leanne Goebel: Colorado Councilman May Want To Explore Why Art “Turned Him On?”
“Councilor Klassen was offended by “The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals.”… It is a lithograph and woodcut print [in which] Jesus appears as a woman wearing a dress.”

3. Sister Joan Chittister, OSB: People Of Faith Should Be Grateful For Doubt
“The fact is that all the great spiritual models of the ages before us found themselves, at one point or another, plunged into doubt…Surely, then, doubt is something to be grateful for…”

4. Elizabeth Drescher: Gen X, Gadgets, And God
“An MP3 player loaded with the pastor’s kid-friendly sermons, jiggy religious music, or bible stories punched up for 21st century hipness doesn’t add up to cultural relevance. There’s more going on here.”

SPIRITUALITY NEWS:

1. Yahoo News/AP: Southern Baptist Leader On Yoga: Not Christianity
” A Southern Baptist leader who is calling for Christians to avoid yoga and its spiritual attachments is getting plenty of pushback from enthusiasts who defend the ancient practice.”

2. Discovery News: Animals Said To Have Spiritual Experiences
“Animals (not just people) likely have spiritual experiences, according to a prominent neurologist who has analyzed the processes of spiritual sensation for over three decades.”

3. Chicago Tribune: Couples Blending Religious Traditions
“Interfaith marriages on the rise, giving brides and grooms a head start on compromising.”

4. The Gainesville Sun/AP: Churches, Other Groups Do More Background Checks
“More churches and religious groups are conducting background checks and taking other steps to protect children against mistreatment in the wake of the sex abuse scandal that has plagued the Catholic Church for years.”

5. Portales News-Tribune: Bishop Talks Spirituality In Today’s World
“According to Bishop Ricardo Ramirez…“spirituality” is something all Americans crave and social media, such as Facebook and YouTube as well as consumerism, are having a major impact on this quest but not always for the better.”

MEDITATION ON WONDER:

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”
~Pablo Picasso

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