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SBNR Daily 11-2-10: Dairy Dancers

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Ohio Church Replaces ‘Touchdown Jesus’, A Female Dalai Lama?, Scandal Prone Religious Leaders…

SBNR Daily 11-2-10: Dairy Dancers

SPIRITUAL BOOK EXCERPT:

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.

From: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
By Shunryu Suzuki

SPIRITUALITY POSTS:

1. Arun Gandhi: Voting Is Moral Duty, Not Spiritual
“…should a religious leader interfere in the politics of a nation? Is morality really linked to spirituality? If every religious head begins to influence his/her followers where will this end?”

2. Mark Barger Elliott: My Take: Why Religious Leaders Are So Scandal Prone
“The clergy have been under the glare of the news media’s klieg lights recently and the sight has been jarring to say the least.”

3. April L. Bogle: Her Holiness: Is The Time Right For A Female Dalai Lama?
“But what if the next Dalai Lama is a woman? Would she, or even could she, offer the world the same grounding wisdom? Inspire compassion within people of all cultures? Properly navigate Tibet’s troublesome relationship with the Chinese government?”

SPIRITUALITY NEWS:

1. Boston Herald/AP: Religious Undercurrent Runs Through US Senate Race
“Though the fervor has died down, religion remains an issue in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race long after Republican Rand Paul was accused of idol worship and Democrat Jack Conway was called on to repent.”

2. USA Today: Ohio Church Selects Design For New Jesus Statue
” Two Cincinnati artists will design a replacement for a giant Jesus statue that was destroyed by lightning, a church said Monday…The original statue was nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the way its arms were raised outward, similar to a referee signaling a touchdown.”

3. The New York Times: Respecting Muslim Patients’ Needs
“…a new paper in The Journal of Medical Ethics…summarizes some of the dilemmas confronting health care workers in hospitals serving observant Muslim patients. When the traditional health care system cannot accommodate their needs, what are doctors and nurses to do? “

4. The Arizona Republic:
Lutheran Members Want More People Involved In Decision To Cut Ties

“La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church in northeast Phoenix is moving closer to cutting ties with its denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. But at least three members are doing their best to slow down the momentum.”

MEDITATION ON WONDER:

“The cow is of the bovine ilk; One end is moo, the other, milk”
~ Ogden Nash

Surreal bovine choreography. No cows were harmed during the making of this video, though their future prospects probably aren’t as optimistic:

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