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SBNR Daily 9-24-10: Unusual Friends!

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Women Make Strides As Religious Leaders, Field Trip Sparks Controversy, Unusual Friends Take A Swim…

SBNR Daily 9-24-10: Unusual Friends!

SPIRITUAL BOOK EXCERPT:

Darkness is merely the absence of light, and fear is merely the absence of love. We can’t get rid of darkness by hitting it with a baseball bat, because there is nothing to hit. If we want to be rid of darkness, we must turn on a light. Similarly, if we want to be rid of fear, we cannot fight it but must replace it with love.

From: A Return To Love
by Marianne Williamson

SPIRITUALITY POSTS:

1. Amina Wadudi: Interfaith: Whose Faith?
“Religion and religious practices have a context. If you are not aware of those contexts, there is also the possibility of cross-references. Some of those might be offensive to others. There’s no way around it.”

2. Eileen Flanagan: Changing Faith: Why It’s Not a Bad Thing
“People who believe that Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim often cite as evidence the fact that his father was a Muslim and that he briefly attended a Muslim school. The assumption seems to be that the President couldn’t be sincere in his claim to have embraced a different faith, even though the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has found that about half of all Americans change their religious affiliation at least once in their lives, usually before the age of 24.”

3. Cathy Grossman: Young Adults Spirituality Is ‘Wide, Shallow, Compelling’: Pollster
“They see the spirituality as connected to all of their life, not a compartment within their life. We need bridges between Monday-to-Friday and Sunday,” Kinnaman says.

SPIRITUALITY NEWS:

1. The Washington Post: Misplaced Furor Over A Field Trip
“The tape, released last week by an anti-Islamic group with the Orwellian name Americans for Peace and Tolerance, has caused a firestorm of accusations that impressionable children were being proselytized.”

2. Star Tribune: Catholics To Get DVDs Opposing Gay Marriage
“More than 400,000 DVDs are being mailed to the homes of Minnesota Catholics on Wednesday, courtesy of Catholic bishops in the state who want to stop the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in its tracks.”

3. The New York Times: Making History, Twice, At Grace Cathedral
“The installation of Jane Alison Shaw as the eighth dean of Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill on Nov. 6 is a milestone — she will be the first woman to lead the cathedral, which was founded during the Gold Rush in 1849. Dr. Shaw will also be the cathedral’s first openly gay dean.”

4. The New York Times: Woman In Priestly Garb Sounds ‘A Great Echo’
“On May 22, Ms. Longhitano, 35, was ordained a priest in a ceremony in an Anglican church in Rome. She is now known as Mother Vittoria, and is preparing to lead a congregation in Sabbioneta, Lombardy.”

MEDITATION ON WONDER:

“A Friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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