SBNR Daily 12-23-10: “Without Any Fear”


Turkish Town Cashes in on Saint Nick, More Violating TSA Pat-Downs, Saddam Hussein’s ‘Blood Quran’…

SBNR Daily 12-23-10: “Without Any Fear”

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This will be the last Daily of the year. We will return early next year with more of your spiritual posts, relevant news, and daily inspiration.

Have a very happy holiday! ~The SBNR Team

Today’s Teaching:


“Man’s being includes his relation to meanings…His being is spiritual even in the most primitive expressions of the most primitive human being. In the ‘first’ meaningful sentence all the richness of man’s spiritual life is potentially present.”

From: The Courage to Be
By Paul Tillich

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Today’s Meditation:


A very Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear.

~ John Lennon

Spirituality Posts:

1. Ron McAllister: It’s Christmas, So Stop and Smell the Balsam
“Having thought about these three different ways of understanding Christmas, I wonder if there isn’t also a fourth understanding; one that emphasizes the universal and inclusive rather than the particular and exclusive.”

2. Bronwyn Eyre: Christmas Reawakens Spiritual Questions
“So, is religion a force for good or not? As parents, should we be concerned about rampant “religious illiteracy” that experts say is leading to “serious educational and cultural deficits?”

3. Steve McSwain:
The Supreme Purpose in All Religions (and Their Shared Failure), Part 2

“While all religions share the same essential purpose, they also seem to share the same essential problem. Though they start out right they soon end up obsessed with matters of lesser importance. “

Top Spirituality News:

1. CNN: Turkish Town Cashes in on Saint Nick Legacy
“Though Santa Claus is today inextricably intertwined with Christmas, hardly any of the residents of Saint Nicholas’ hometown celebrate the holiday. Demre is an overwhelmingly Muslim town…”

2. The Washington Post:
TSA Scanners, Pat-Downs Particularly Vexing for Muslims, Other Religious Groups

“Muslims aren’t alone in their antipathy toward the new security measures. A number of other religious groups, including Sikhs and some Orthodox Jews and evangelical Christians, say the measures also make them uncomfortable or violate the tenets of their faith.”

3. Google News/AP: Ex-Belgian Church Leader Urges More Humility
“The former leader of the Catholic Church in Belgium on Tuesday called for more openness and humility within the church to make sure that child abuse scandals by priests did not happen again.”

4. Live Science: Bio-Art: ‘Blood Quran’ Causes Controversy
“A Quran written in Saddam Hussein blood is a macabre reminder of the dictator’s brutal reign. According to art experts, it’s also both a continuation of — and a departure from — artistic tradition.”


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