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Poetry And Religion

Before 500 BCE, religion and poetry were largely the same thing. People did not presume to be able to define the Mystery. They looked for words that could describe the Mystery. Poetry doesn’t claim to be a perfect description as dogma foolishly does. It’s a “hint half guessed,” to use T. S. Eliot’s phrase. [1] That’s why poetry seduces […]

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Mavis Staples – Eyes On The Prize

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Why It’s Worth Listening To People You Disagree With

TED TALK: Why It’s Worth Listening To People You Disagree With We get stronger, not weaker, by engaging with ideas and people we disagree with, says Zachary R. Wood. In an important talk about finding common ground, Wood makes the case that we can build empathy and gain understanding by engaging tactfully and thoughtfully with controversial […]

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Classic Kid’s Album On Fruit Of Spirit

The Music Machine: (1977) A Musical Adventure Teaching the Fruit of the Spirit to All Ages is a Christian children’s album by Candle. It is set in Agapeland, and teaches children about the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It features the characters Stevie and Nancy. It spawned a series of spin-off Music Machine album , […]

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There Is No Need To Fear Evil

   There is no need to fear evil. There is every need to understand what it does, how it operates in the world, what it draws upon to sustain itself. We must not shrink from the knowledge of the evilness of evil. Over and over we must know that the real target of evil is […]

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Towards A Nonjudgmental Life

  One of the hardest spiritual tasks is to live without prejudices. Sometimes we aren’t even aware how deeply rooted our prejudices are. We may think that we relate to people who are different from us in colour, religion, sexual orientation, or lifestyle as equals, but in concrete circumstances our spontaneous thoughts, uncensored words, and […]

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Dressed In Gentleness

Once in a while we meet a gentle person. Gentleness is a virtue hard to find in a society that admires toughness and roughness. We are encouraged to get things done and to get them done fast, even when people get hurt in the process. Success, accomplishment, and productivity count. But the cost is high. […]

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From Unceasing Thinking To Unceasing Prayer

 Our minds are always active. We analyse, reflect, daydream, or dream. There is not a moment during the day or night when we are not thinking. You might say our thinking is “unceasing.” Sometimes we wish that we could stop thinking for a while; that would save us from many worries, guilt feelings, and fears. […]

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A Conversation With Jean Vanier

Listen to Jean Vanier  Click here to listen as Jean Vanier chats to Nicky Gumble: “The Kingdom of God is a place where those who are the poorest and the rejected come together to celebrate their joy – their joy because they discover that they are loved….by the people around them….by Jesus.”      

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This is the first of a series of memes about my vision of Heaven On Earth. Dave Andrews

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How We Can Face The Future Without Fear, Together

It’s a fateful moment in history. We’ve seen divisive elections, divided societies and the growth of extremism — all fuelled by anxiety and uncertainty. “Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?” asks Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. In this electrifying talk, the spiritual leader gives […]

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Contemplation, Democratization And Maturation

If religious teachers told their parishioners about contemplation, where individuals can experience the mercy of God for themselves, they would not be so dependent upon the clergy. Although this codependency is not engineered maliciously, it does create job security. We all have a hard time doing things that essentially work ourselves out of a job […]

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