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SBNR Daily 9-30-10: A Whale Blessing

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Studying Religion Is Popular, Raising A Happy Child, Whale Sized Gratitude…

SBNR Daily 9-30-10: A Whale Blessing

SPIRITUAL BOOK EXCERPT:

The close connection between wonder and spirituality alerts us to the diverse array of human activities that might potentially prompt the glimpses of an “unseen order” of life.

From: Wonder: From Emotion To Spirituality
By Robert C. Fuller

SPIRITUALITY POSTS:

1. Dennis Hunter: Spiritual But Not Religious – Part I, The Spiritual Lone Ranger
“Does being religious mean you’ve drunk the Kool-Aid? Can you be religious and keep your autonomy? Is there anything wrong with walking the spiritual path alone?”

2. Emily L. Hauser: On Godless Heathens
“Americans hold to an unspoken understanding that is so deeply ingrained, it appears to be natural law: A belief in God, we think, is the well from which all morality springs.”

3. Candace Chellew-Hodge: Bullies Flourishing With Christian Support
“Earlier this month, [Focus on the Family] began a concerted media effort to sink the Safe Schools Improvement Act now pending before Congress that would prevent bullying in schools….because [they believe] discouraging kids from taunting other kids perceived to be gay or lesbian would “promote homosexuality to kids.” “

4. Mark Hulsether: Studying Religion Is Suddenly Popular
“Last month Newsweek online launched a special section devoted to education — and, in somewhat of a shocker, offered the good news that Religious Studies is experiencing a burst of popularity on college campuses.”

SPIRITUALITY NEWS:

1. A Woman’s Health: Raising A Happy Child
“Why are some kids happy while others are not? Recent research indicates that the answer may lie in the spiritual foundation we provide for our children.”

2. The New York Times: Police Heed Black Clergy And Set Up Panel on Crime
“Prompted by the concerns of black clergy members in crime-plagued sections of central Brooklyn, the New York Police Department has set up a task force aimed at reducing violent crime there, particularly among black people.”

3. The Washington Post: White Prince George’s Churches Seek Diversity To Survive
“In southern Prince George’s County, churches with a traditionally white membership say they are increasing efforts to attract more blacks and other minority members to offset declining congregations that mirror long-term changes in the county’s demographics.”

4. The Washington Post: High Court Looks At Military Funeral Protests
“The court is set to decide whether members of a fundamentalist church in Kansas who picketed [soldiers’ funerals] with signs bearing anti-gay and anti-Catholic invective have a constitutional right to say what they want.”

MEDITATION ON WONDER:

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In an article from the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle,
reads a story of a female humpback whale who had become
entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was
weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to
struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope
wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her
mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands
(outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for
help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined
that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and
untangle her. They worked for hours with curved knives and
eventually freed her. When she was free, the divers say she swam in
what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and
every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently
around as she was thanking them. Some said it was the most
incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the
rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole
time, and he will never be the same. May you, and all those you
love, be so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by people who
will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you.
And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.

Thank you to Gina Rene for posting this beautiful message on Facebook for all to share!

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