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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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Secularism is About Reason, Tolerance and Compassion, Number of 100-year-olds is Booming in US, Russian Church: Ditch Beer for Books in Nightclubs…

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
We are smiling with you! ~The SBNR Team


Today’s Goodness:

Do images of nature nurture the soul? The folks at The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals think so and that is why they have made it their mission to place colorful, soothing photographs of nature in hospitals to give comfort and hope to patients and their families. They do this because studies show that nature art has a beneficial effect on relieving a patient’s stress and anxiety. The Foundation seeks to create a shift in the way people view hospitals, from cold and sterile to warm and welcoming.

Learn more at HealingPhotoArt.org


Spirituality News & Posts:

1. Balach Hussain: Secularism is About Reason, Tolerance and Compassion
“It is a myth that “spiritual” values are incompatible with secular humanist values. Many people in the world today are non-religious but consider themselves spiritual. They are capable of living an ethical life without belief in God, and are tolerant of different views whether in the areas of religion, political beliefs or cultural practices.”

2. Norris Burkes: Spirituality: Something to Learn from Humanists
“Would we have a better world if we had followed the teachings of Aristotle, Confucius and Baudelaire instead of the religious teachings of the Koran or the Bible? British academic A.C. Grayling believes we would, so he’s written his own version of a bible called “The Good Book: A Humanist Bible.” It’s an anthology of hundreds of philosophers and writers organized into chapters and verses.”

3. Google News/AP: Number of 100-year-olds is Booming in US
“Now, some weeks she talks to a dozen people who are 100 and older. And in her 25 years of contact with centenarians, she has culled some similarities among them:
— A positive but realistic attitude.
— A love of life and sense of humor.
— Spirituality.
— Courage.”

4. Yahoo News/Reuters: Russian Church: Ditch Beer for Books in Nightclubs
“Russian revelers can now swap vodka and dancing for tea and reading at new “spiritual nightclubs” being set up by Orthodox Church, media said on Monday quoting a top religious official. In the latest suggestion by the increasingly powerful Church, youths will be able to “have the opportunity for serious dialogue, reading, unhurried conversation so they can have a cup of tea,” said Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin.”

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