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SBNR Daily 12-10-10: Synthesia

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God’s Own Exceptionalism, Suburbs Pull Welcome Mat From Churches Eyeing Commercial Sites, Christians Ask Apple To Reinstate Controversial App…

SBNR Daily 12-10-10: Synthesia
Today’s Goodness: We stumbled on the website for the documentary “Anyone and Everyone”. It’s a touching film about parents of gay children. Individuals from various cultural and religious denominations share intimate accounts of how their children revealed their sexual orientation and discuss their responses. Our local PBS station offers a discussion guide for the film.
 
Check out the film Anyone and Everyone
 
Have a fantastic Friday! ~The SBNR Team

Today’s Teaching:

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“The path of personal growth leads upward, through the gauntlet of human experience, to the peaks of our potential.”

From: Everyday Enlightenment
By Dan Millman

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Today’s Meditation:

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Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
~ Oscar Wilde

This short, featured on YouTube’s Play Shortlist, represents Synesthesia, a condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a color.

Spirituality Posts:

1. Ram Lingam: Who Made Laughing Sacred?
“If laughter is the best medicine, this best medicine was certainly not extensively prescribed by religious teachers, bar a very few like Osho a.k.a. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Osho said that laughter can be a great medicine and it can cure many tensions, anxieties, and worries if it is total and unconditional.”

2. Sarah Seltzer:
How Religious Fundamentalism Enables Sadists Like Elizabeth Smart’s Kidnapper

“Extreme and patriarchal religions give people with violent or controlling tendencies a justification to let those tendencies loose.”

3. Mark Silk: God’s Own Exceptionalism
“…Judeo-Christian tradition, or maybe the Abrahamic one, suggests a preferential option for the poor (as the Catholics say) on the Deity’s part. “

Top Spirituality News:

1. Chicago Tribune: Suburbs Pull Welcome Mat From Churches Eyeing Commercial Sites
“In a tight budget climate, suburbs from Evanston to Dixmoor have within the last year taken a harder line on churches that wish to operate in commercial corridors.”

2. CNN: Conservative Christians Ask Apple To Reinstate Controversial App
“The conservative Christian leaders behind a controversial app that Apple recently discontinued said Thursday that they want the technology giant to reinstate a toned-down version of the app.The Christian leaders created the app to promote a document urging opposition to abortion and gay marriage and support for religious liberty, among other positions.”

3. The New York Times: In The Philippines, A Struggle To Reconcile Faith And Love
“Across the Philippines…“holy unions” have become increasingly common as gays and lesbians try to assert their rights in this relatively tolerant, but still legally restrictive, predominantly Roman Catholic country.”

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