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SBNR Daily 11-8-10: A Happy Balance

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Religious Leaders’ Take On Happiness, The Methodists’ Call To Action, Openly Gay Bishop To Retire…

SBNR Daily 11-8-10: A Happy Balance

SPIRITUAL BOOK EXCERPT:

God is all that we dream of, and all that we seek. . .all that we come from and all that we can find.

From: Old Turtle
By Douglas Wood

SPIRITUALITY POSTS:

1. Wendy McCaig:
Spiritual Not Religious: Fact Or Fiction?

“…we continue to see an increasing number of people abandon the church. I think the issue is that Jack and millions of others like him do not want to be a part of something that requires them to disown their doubt. “

2. Mary J. Loftus: Top 10 Things Religious Leaders Say About Happiness
“…at last week’s “Summit on Happiness,” hosted by Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion, many of the world’s religions have nothing against humans seeking to be happy. “

3. Lisa Bitel: “Can You Tell Me Who The Villains Are?”: Rock And Religion, Irish-Style
“Compared to a consciously self-righteous band like U2, the Saw Doctors are stealthy but incisive critics of restrictive religion.”

SPIRITUALITY NEWS:

1. USA Today:
Methodists Seek Better Pastors, Vital Churches To Fight Shrinking Rolls

“United Methodists hope that combination will help turn around decades of declining membership and attendance, according to a Call to Action proposal being discussed by Methodist leaders.”

2. CNN: First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop To Retire
“Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, said Saturday that death threats and continued worldwide controversy about his selection contributed to his decision to retire in January 2013.”

3. Reuters: Pope In Spain Urges Europe To Keep Spiritual Roots
“Pope Benedict, on a lightning trip to Spain, urged Europe on Saturday to re-discover God and its Christian heritage and also denounced the country’s liberal abortion laws.”

MEDITATION ON WONDER:

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”
~ Thomas Merton

An unique take on Swan Lake, in which ballet and acrobatics is combined and performed by a Chinese company. Watch through to the end!:

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