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A Strange Thing Happened on the Way to the Wildhorse Saloon…


By Michael Schwartzentruber I was walking to a party that was being held at the saloon as part of the recent Faith Forward 2014 Conference, in Nashville. I had just crossed an intersection about three blocks from the front door when a homeless guy who had been crouching by the side of a building asked […]

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What Does Compassion Change?


by Robert V. Thompson Several months ago, the school clerk at the McNair School in Decatur, Georgia, was unexpectedly greeted by a gunman who approached her desk.  The first words out of his mouth were, “I don’t have any reason to live and I know I am going to die today.” Antoinette Tuff admits feeling […]

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What We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! WEATHER Heavy rain causes deadly flood in central Europe Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria are experiencing flooding of “historic proportions,” officials say. The BBC reports that Austria had the 7th wettest spring in about 150 years, […]

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What We Read This Week


Here’s what caught our eye this week! ENVIRONMENT As Exxon Cleans Oil Spill in Arkansas, Shell Pipeline Spills 700 Barrels in Houston While clean up continues at the site of the Exxon oil pipeline spill in Mayflower, Arkansas, yesterday, an estimated 700 barrels of oil (or almost 30,000 gallons) were found to have leaked from […]

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A Morning Meditation on the Value of Periodic, Non-Judgmental Self-Examination


by Susan McCaslin “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Plato I’ve found it helpful to do periodic, non-judgmental self-examinations. The sound of this phrase sits with my soul much more comfortably than the traditional term “confession,” although that term simply means “to speak or acknowledge something together.” Gentle self-examination is certainly related to the […]

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Awakening the Peaceful Beast Within


by Susan McCaslin Sometimes a writer notices themes and patterns in her work that she wasn’t consciously aware of during the initial writing.  I noticed recently that three of the twelve chapters of my book Arousing the Spirit specifically address the question of how to embody peace in the world. When I mention to friends […]

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Love and Laughter


I love our congregation. This is why. Neo was at worship on Sunday. He is a severely disabled child whose gorgeous smile appears like a sunburst when you speak to him. When something happens during worship that he likes – perhaps music – he sings without words. He has no words. His caregiver wheels him […]

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Peaceful Resisters


by Susan McCaslin I feel like I’ve always been a Peacenik. Recently, I noticed that my book of essays, Arousing the Spirit, contains no less than three essays on peace, so you could say “peace-making” is a sub-theme of this book about the mystical way. Though I was born with the same propensities for violence […]

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What We Read This Week


This Week, Here is What Caught Our Eye! SPIRITUALITY The Numinosity of Rocks Anyone who is a rock person will take delight in this tribute to them. This glorious article by Patricia Adams Farmer, author of Embracing a Beautiful God appears on the inventivey.…Read Full Article From Spirituality & Practice WORLD 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Kills […]

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What We Read This Week


This Week, Here is What Caught Our Eye! PARENTING Halloween’s Over, But the Junk Food Deluge Isn’t As many of us are witnessing the ill-effects of unfettered access to candy: the poor sleep, mood swings, sluggishness. Not many school kids are going to be in top learning shape today…Read Full Article From The Washington Post: […]

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