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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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The Bible Not a Guidebook for Sexual Morality, Long-Lost Letter Sheds Light on Lincoln’s Faith, A Former Nun Awakens to the Responsibility of Her Own Spirituality…

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Let yourself be moved! ~The SBNR Team


Today’s Goodness:

Today’s goodness, The Happy Hearts Fund, comes from Dancing With the Stars’ Petra Nemcova. Nemcova was in Thailand when the Indian Ocean Tsunami struck in 2004. After recovering from her injuries, she returned to Thailand to see how she could help. What she witnessed was a gap period which occurs after first responders and before governments step in after a natural disaster. For this reason she founded Happy Hearts Fund, which concentrates its mission in the gap period by building “Happy Self Sustaining Schools.”

Learn more at HappyHeartsFund.org.


Spirituality News & Posts:

1. USA Today: New Book Challenges Views on Sex in the Bible
“Is the Bible good for your sex life, but bad for a sex ed class? A Boston biblical scholar challenges widely held beliefs about the Bible and sex in her new book, arguing Scripture cannot and should not be a guidebook for sexual morality.”

2. Pew Forum/RNS: Long-Lost Letter Sheds Light on Lincoln’s Faith
“On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, a long-lost letter has surfaced that describes President Abraham Lincoln’s belief in God. The Raab Collection of Philadelphia plans to sell a recently discovered letter written in 1866 by William Herndon, a Springfield, Ill., lawyer and Lincoln confidant.”

3. Mira Sucharov: Parting the Red Sea with My Dad and My Atheist Daughter
“With Passover around the corner, my thoughts are turning to how to make the story of the Exodus come alive for my kids. Typically, one might use clever stories or dramatic reconstructions with masks and props. But it’s not so simple in our house. This is because my almost-7-year-old daughter is a self-declared atheist.”

4. Jan Phillips: When Doctrine Isn’t Enough:
A Former Nun Awakens to the Responsibility of Her Own Spirituality

“At an early age, I learned that God was a being who dwelled in a place far from where I ever stood. I learned to commune with the transcendent God of the above, not the immanent divine within. But over the years, as I let go of childish thinking and took responsibility for my spiritual life, my perception of God changed dramatically.”

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