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Thursday, May 19, 2011

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Today’s Inspiration:

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A touching story to remind us: Every simple action can make a difference.


Spirituality News & Posts:

1. Wendy Page: Keeping the Faith
“…the tension of planning their wedding is heightened by any attempt to veer away from the traditional religious ceremony expected by their parents — without having their parents stop speaking to them. Whether you and your spouse-to-be are of two separate religions, two different denominations within one religion, or don’t want any religion in your ceremony, the subject needs to be broached delicately. Here are some tips for navigating the intricate terrain without hurting anyone’s feelings.”

2. Autumn Vandiver: The Death of Mental Illness
“In any event, a spiritual approach to mental wellness has little to do with ideas about God or the nature of reality. It has everything to do with how we see ourselves. If we think we are fragile and isolated personalities adrift among unfriendly and predatory human apes, we are likely to feel and act badly. On the other hand, if we see ourselves as sacred beings enmeshed in a grand tapestry of life and mutual interdependence, we feel uplifted and at peace.”

3. Susan Leem: Positive Religion News that is Still Newsworthy
“Respected theologian Martin Marty has a winning article highlighting a mainstream news story that has finally gotten religion reporting right. The New York Times’ recent profile of a Baptist couple who spend their retirement doing disaster relief work stood out as a “too-rare” kind of reporting on religious people and topics…”

4. Frank Schaeffer: Mass Bible-Based Sexual Dysfunction as Root of Culture Wars?
“Novelist and ex-fundamentalist, Frank Schaeffer, talks about growing up with Bible bedtime stories, his debt to a free-spirited mother, and the meaning of American religion’s rightward turn.”

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