Where do you find Motivation to care for the Earth?

“The vast world of cosmology and the tiny universe within the atom are finally converging as particle physicists looking inward with their giant accelerators and cosmologists looking outward with their telescopes begin to realize they are looking at the same thing.” ~John Boslough, Stephen Hawkings Universe What’s Up with What’s Going Down with the Earth? [...]

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Practice of Progressive Prayer

“So much prayer comes down to this: Almighty God, grant that two times two not equal four.” ~Ivan Turgenev We Believe What We Practice By Ian Lawton Summer camps begin around America this week. Hopefully young people are learning values such as self respect, care for others and respecting nature. In particular, I hope the [...]

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Where Do You Go To Find Mystery?

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.” ~Rumi Meeting in a Field of Bliss Have you ever been hit with something that resonates so strongly with you that you wish to share it with everyone you know…sometimes you go so far as to start babbling on [...]

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Where has Your Spiritual Journey Taken You?

Say not, “I have found the truth,” but rather, “I have found a truth.” Say not, “I have found the path of the soul.” Say rather, “I have met the soul walking upon my path.” For the soul walks upon all paths. The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a [...]

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What Marks Progressive Religion?

“Beyond this universality of the symbolic language, we are apprised of the divineness of this superior use of things, whereby the world is a temple, whose walls are covered with emblems, pictures, and commandments of the Deity, in this, that there is no fact in nature which does not carry the whole sense of nature; [...]

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What Does Torture Cost You?

“Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of making men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at last, but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature – that baby beating its breast with its fist, for instance – and [...]

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What’s Your Religion Got To Do With Politics?

“Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument, and amenable to reason.” ~Barack Obama The Courage to be Compassionate By Ian Lawton With Americans going to the polls next week, it’s a good time for religious people to consider [...]

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Celebrating Christmas with Bishop John Shelby Spong

“Jack Spong has been a great gift to the progressive church. I would go so far as to say that Jack Spong is a hero for the progressive church. No one has been braver. No one has been more courageous in being there, with us and for us, as we pioneer a new way of [...]

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How Do You Practice Gratitude?

“For a moment I lost myself – actually lost my life. I was set free! I dissolved in the high dim-starred sky! I belonged, without past or future, within peace and unity and a wild joy, within something greater than my own life…to Life itself! To God, if you want to put it that way. [...]

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What is Your Reason for the Season?

“The hero journey is inside of you; tear off the veils and open the mystery of your self.” ~Joseph Campbell The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of By Ian Lawton I went to bed with wood splinters in my hand. In a deep sleep I dreamt that I was squeezing orange pips (seeds) out of [...]

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