SPIRITUAL BOOK EXCERPT:
I have told you often that you do yourselves a grave injustice by limiting your conception of the self. Your sense of identity, power, and love would be immeasurably enhanced if you could understand that what you are does not end at the boundaries of your skin, but continues outward through the physical environment that seems to be impersonal, or not-self.
From: Seth Speaks
by Jane Roberts
1. Roger Koskela: Spirituality Gaining; How About Religion?
The latest Pew Religious Landscape survey says that “More than one-quarter of American adults (28 percent) have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another religion — or no religion at all.
2. Ariel Kaminer: Injecting a Sense of Play in Religious Tradition
New York is home to a thousand different religious traditions. Still, there is far less religious cross-fertilization than, say, racial. (We may work side by side. We don’t pray side by side.) As cosmopolitan as we like to think of ourselves, that’s a good recipe for distrust.
3. Multi-post: Local clergy address issues of faith and sexuality
Prompted by an extensive epidemiology report released last spring by the Ledge Light Health District that found “an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases” among young people in New London and Groton, particularly girls, The 20-member New London Clergy Association decided to get involved.
1. The New York Times: Congregations Reeling From Decline in Donations
“Unquestionably, though, the recession worsened the trend. Before the economic crisis hit, according to a study of 1,500 congregations by the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, half saw an increase in annual donations and about 20 percent registered a decline.”
2. USA Today: Texas Ed Board Adopts Resolution Limiting Islam In Textbooks
“The Texas State Board of Education adopted a resolution Friday that seeks to curtail references to Islam in Texas textbooks, as social conservative board members warned of what they describe as a creeping Middle Eastern influence in the nation’s publishing industry.”
3. NewsObserver.com: Ad Blasts ‘Victory Mosque’ in N.Y.
Republican congressional candidate Renee Ellmers has released a television advertisement that calls the planned Muslim community center in New York City a “victory mosque” and associates it with terrorists.
MEDITATION ON WONDER:
“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.”