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SBNR Daily 12-22-10: Strangers

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Religious Cities Among the Most Violent, The War on Solstice, Jesus to Return on Mr. T’s Birthday…

SBNR Daily 12-22-10: Strangers
Today’s Goodness: Children love to have stories read to them. How about having Betty White, Lou Diamond Phillips, or James Earl Jones read the story? StoryLine Online is a FREE site where children and parents can listen to stories read by famous actors. The stories also come with downloadable activity guides. It’s a great little site
 
Check out movie stars reading children’s books.
 
Grateful for you! ~The SBNR Team

Today’s Teaching:

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“The sacred is here and now. The only God worth keeping is a God that cannot be kept.”

From: I and Thou
By Martin Buber

Community Updates:

Do you have something to share with the SBNR community? Starting Jan 3rd, 2011 you can post in this space. Keep an eye here, and we will give you more information soon.

Today’s Meditation:

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Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe, loved one or stranger, as if they were going to be dead at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
~ Og Mandino

Spirituality Posts:

1. Stephen Prothero: My Take: Religious Cities are Among the Most Violent
“…every one of America’s “holy hometowns” had a crime rate above the national average, and each was ranked among the most dangerous half of American cities.”

2. Dr. Andrew Newberg: Do Different Religious Practices Change the Brain Differently?
“Our research using brain imaging studies suggests that there is a large network in the brain that appears to get involved when people are engaged in religious/spiritual practices…The particular practice and particular experience will ultimately activate (or deactivate) these structures in different ways.”

3. Bron Taylor: Happy Solstice! – Or is it?
“Progressives may ridicule those who claim that there is now a cultural “War on Christmas” but Christian conservatives do have reason to worry. They know that their cultural influence has been waning, and that those with evolutionary and ecological worldviews are growing in number and influence.”

Top Spirituality News:

1. VOA News: Religious Freedom in China
“The Chinese government has banned certain religious and spiritual groups.”

2. The Telegraph: Thousands of Germans Quit Catholic Church
“Thousands of Germans have quit the Catholic Church in the wake of a series of sex and corruption scandals that have left the institution reeling.”

3. News Observer: She’s Cruisin’ to the Rapture: May 21, 2011
“From her Subaru, a car painted as white as the fourth horse of Revelation, Allison Warden proclaims that Jesus Christ shall return May 21…to Warden and hundreds of like-minded Christians, Judgment Day can be calculated precisely by tracing biblical genealogy, or by following history forward 7,000 years from the day Noah shut the door to his ark.”

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