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SBNR Daily 11-9-10: What I Am!

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Islamic-Jewish ‘Twinning’ Confront Prejudice, Devotion As Impediment, The Gay Divide…

SBNR Daily 11-9-10: What I Am!

SPIRITUAL BOOK EXCERPT:

Attempting to live a spiritual life can indeed be a confusing and painful experience beset with obstacles and detours, rather than filled with the bliss we might have expected…

From: Searching for Your Soul: Writers of Many Faiths Share Their Personal Stories of Spiritual Discovery
By Katherine Kurs

SPIRITUALITY POSTS:

1. Janki Santoke: Devotion As Impediment
“Devotion…is a tool only as good as its use. If used properly, it could enlighten us. If not, it could keep us in darkness.”

2. Paula Schriefer: The Wrong Way To Combat ‘Islamophobia’
“Because no one can agree on what constitutes blasphemy, laws that attempt to ban it are themselves vague, highly prone to arbitrary enforcement and are used to stifle everything from political opposition to religious inquiry.”

3. Nicholas Lang: The Gay Divide
“In my case, and in many other cases, religion was used as a tool to divide us, a way to mark ‘others.’ ”

SPIRITUALITY NEWS:

1. The Huffington Post/RNS:
Sikhs Call Airport Screening For Turbans ‘Security Theater’

“Leaders of three Sikh organizations say they’ve been told by federal transportation officials that turbans will always be searched at U.S. airports, a move that Sikh officials called unnecessary and unfair.”

2. The New York Times: The Rise Of The Tao
“Now, with three decades of prosperity under their belt — the first significant period of relative stability in more than a century — the Chinese are in the midst of a great awakening of religious belief.”

3. News Observer: Biblical Recorder Board Member Resigns
“Two weeks after the Biblical Recorder’s editor resigned, a board member of the state’s Baptist newspaper has also resigned, saying “freedom of the press as we know it has died.”

4. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Islamic-Jewish ‘Twinning’ Brings Faiths Together Worldwide
“Friday through Sunday, more than 100 mosques and 100 synagogues in 22 countries joined together for a weekend of twinning — pairing people of different faiths — in an effort to bridge the gaps between Judaism and Islam and confront prejudice toward both.”

MEDITATION ON WONDER:

“To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.”
~ Author Unknown

Will.i.am sings “What I Am” as part of Sesame Street’s 41st season premiere on PBS KIDS:

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