The UN’s UDHR – SBNR Daily 3-3-11


Voices of Courage, Translating the Bible is Dangerous, Support for Ordaining Gays Grows…

The UN’s UDHR – SBNR Daily 3-3-11

Today’s Goodness: “Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world…” are the words that begin the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Haven’t heard of the Declaration of Human Rights? The document was adopted and proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. It is a document that we believe should once again be read, displayed and disseminated.

Check out the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Have a wonderful Thursday! ~The SBNR Team

Today’s Teaching:


“Meditation helps us wake up from this sleep of automaticity and unconsciouness, thereby making it possible for us to live our lives with access to the full spectrum of our conscious and unconscious possibilities.”

From: Wherever You Go, There You Are
By Jon Kabat-Zinn

Today’s Meditation:


“It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story”
– Native American Proverb

A virtual choir with voices representing 12 countries. Composed and conducted by Eric Whitacre.

Spirituality Posts:

1. William Bloom: Spiritual but Not Religious? Put ‘Holistic’ on Your Census Form
“The debate between secularists and religious believers is now hopelessly out of date and obscures a much more important perspective in contemporary religious culture. This new perspective is best described as “spiritual but not religious”, or holistic.”

2. BJ Gallagher: Voices of Courage
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes it sits in quiet dignity. Sometimes it speaks truth to power. Sometimes it mans the barricades. Sometimes it grimaces in pain. And sometimes it bows its head in prayer.”

3. Cathy Lynn Grossman:
Translating the Bible is ‘Dangerous’: Words Have Consequences

“Bible texts are dangerous. For many believers, these are the words that can bring them closer to God, and maybe one day to heaven. Change those words at your peril. Except… do you know what the words were? Do you read Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek and have access to the Dead Sea Scrolls and other primary manuscripts?”

Top Spirituality News:

1. The Courier-Journal:
Support for Ordaining Gays Grows Among Presbyterian Governing Bodies

“After years of defeats, advocates for ordaining non-celibate gays and lesbians are making their most successful campaign yet in the Louisville-based Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) The potentially historic shift is taking place in a series of regional votes that began last year and will continue through mid-2011.”

2. CNN: Sweat Lodge Trial Fuels Native American Frustrations
“No example of what worries him is clearer than the case of James Arthur Ray, a self-help guru who led a crowded sweat lodge ceremony that left three people dead. Ray faces manslaughter charges for the deaths allegedly tied to his October 2009 “Spiritual Warrior” retreat outside Sedona, Arizona. His trial began Tuesday.”

3. Reuters: Christian Pakistani Minister Shot Dead in Islamabad Ambush
“Pakistani Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti, who had called for changes in the country’s controversial blasphemy law, was killed in a gun attack in Islamabad on Wednesday, officials said. Police said the shooting took place near an Islamabad market. Bhatti, a Roman Catholic, was the only Christian in the Pakistani cabinet.”


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