by Project Interfaith Community Mosaic Video Project Program Coordinator, Sierra Pirigyi
Why give to Project Interfaith? Why not instead give to your local food bank, or to an organization that helps refugees in a war-torn nation? While…Continue
Added by Project Interfaith on December 16, 2010 at 12:15pm — No Comments
I was the sports editor of my college newspaper, St. Olaf’s Manitou Messenger. If you start reading this and don’t like sports, you’ll find that football is only the theme that gets into the topic. I offer up this piece because sometimes you hear a media story that makes you wonder, what do people think of this?
When someone goes on Twitter to blame God for dropping a football, surely there must be something going on worth considering.
Added by John Klawiter on December 16, 2010 at 11:25am — No Comments
From The Huffington Post
A figure stands alone in the desert, cradling his infant son. His followers, his brother, and his sons are now dead, except for his eldest who lies in their ragged tent, deathly ill. He has not had a sip of water in three days, since the tyrant Yazid ordered his family to be starved or slain.
He cries out, holding his son aloft, “Do none of you have children of your own? If you show mercy to my son, and give him but one…Continue
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Added by Mike Ghouse on December 16, 2010 at 8:43am — No Comments
A "natural" mystic, as contrary to the path a "mastered" mystic, is any person (male or female) who does NOT spend day in and day out, day after day for years on end meditating his/her "little" mind off to try and achieve Spiritual Union. A natural mystic, whenever this may have occurred for them (usually at an early-adult age), has quite naturally and involuntarily, by the power of grace (and good karmic virtue), experienced Spiritual Union (Totality) without strenuous effort of strict…
Added by Spencer Perdriau on December 16, 2010 at 12:21am — No Comments
In case modern established (("materialist")) psychiatry has not realized this yet, but it is actually spiritual, ethical and "elitist" discrimination to (immediately or professionally) presume, without accurately and "rightfully" knowing a person's disposition, character, personal history and particular life development, that spiritual/mystic experience is not available to people who…Continue
Added by Spencer Perdriau on December 15, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments
I lived in a small New England town called Sudbury in Massachusetts for years. About three weeks ago, Sudbury lost one of their own to the “war on terror.” Army 1st Lieutenant Scott Milley who was twenty-three and went to high school with my daughter, was killed by small arms fire in Afghanistan. His body was laid to rest last week.
I found myself driving through Sudbury last week as well. With the streets all lined with American flags and yellow ribbons practically around every tree…Continue
Added by Karen Leslie Hernandez on December 15, 2010 at 10:15am — No Comments
This post originally appeared at Good Men Project Magazine
In 1987, just a few weeks before he died of cancer, my father recorded his final thoughts onto an audiotape. Among his slow, breathy reflections, he made sure to leave messages for his three kids. His charge to me?
“A lot of the weight of the man of the house will be on your shoulders.”
I was 4. A week or so after he died, I refused to leave the…Continue
Added by bryan parys on December 15, 2010 at 10:06am — No Comments
Duke, like many schools, requires all incoming first-year students to read a specially selected book over the summer before orientation. This year the assigned reading for the class of 2014 was Ron Currie Jr.’s Everything Matters!. Currie tells the story of Junior Thibodeau, a boy who comes of age with specific knowledge of the precise date of the end of the world:…Continue
Added by Adam Edward Hollowell on December 15, 2010 at 8:27am — No Comments
The past week has been insane for Project Conversion with some excellent news and updates.
From the beginning, Project Conversion was about providing the most authentic experience possible to the audience. One critical tool for this success is the use of Mentors—adherents of each faith to teach me about day-to-day living within these traditions. I believe this component of…
Added by Andrew Bowen on December 15, 2010 at 6:03am — No Comments
A spiritual practice is a constant battle within,
Kemetic thought for the day
A spiritual practice is a constant battle within, replacing previous negative conditioning or habituation with new positive conditioning.
Day of crossing before Nun in the Temple of Hapi may their blessings be with you all. Barry
Pharaoh & Spiritual leader of the Kemetic Faith and Federation.
Added by barry von clemens on December 15, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments
Dears all friends....
"May peace and plenty be the first to lift the lacth on your door, and hapiness, now and in he New Year, be guided to your home and everywhere by the Light of Ghristmas !"…Continue
Added by Rev. Doju D. Freire on December 15, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments
Added by Mike Ghouse on December 14, 2010 at 4:10pm — No Comments
From The Huffington Post
It is fashionable in interfaith discussions to advocate “tolerance” for other faiths. But we would find it patronizing, even downright insulting, to be “tolerated” at someone’s dinner table. No spouse would appreciate being told that his or her presence at home was being “tolerated.” No self-respecting worker accepts mere tolerance from colleagues. We tolerate those we consider inferior. In religious circles,…Continue
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by Seth Wax
from State of Formation
Over the past week, the recovery and clean-up of the forest fire in the Carmel region of Northern Israel that charred acres, burned property, and killed 42 people has gotten underway. It’s been particularly interesting for me, having just…Continue
Added by The Parliament of Religions on December 14, 2010 at 6:34am — No Comments
I would guess that more than a few readers of the Journal of Interreligious Dialogue and likely several readers of SoF are familiar with the name Raimon Panikkar. Panikkar passed away in August of this year at the age of 91 (NYTimes obit and a tribute by Francis Clooney). His biography is nothing short of remarkable: born to…Continue
Added by R. Brad Bannon on December 13, 2010 at 10:21pm — No Comments
I have been studying intercultural communication now for several years, ever since I recovered from a traumatic immersion experience that left me yearning for answers. I have discovered that in many ways, intercultural practice is a constant struggle to navigate the tension between human commonality and cultural difference; between human distinctness and the possibility for union despite this distinctness. The ambiguity of this struggle is at times overbearing, as we find we can never…Continue
We know that it's not debate; debate implies argumentative or, before cable news, persuasive action. Dialogue is also not a simple recounting of current events with superficial commentary. Allow me to elucidate how I see the concept of dialogue. State of Formation has a number of actual scholars onboard, so I invite their corrections to the following assertion, but here we go:
The Greek word(s) for dialogue: dialogos, dialegomai, dialegesthai,…
During hevruta with a fellow seminarian, I encountered the depths of my own Christian faith in a new way. This was my first experience of hevruta, the study of the Torah with a partner, but it was familiar for my partner, Gideon, a rabbinical student. He had never read the text we studied, Luke 10:25-37, but I knew it as both a foundational story of my religion and a favorite Christian justification of interfaith relations. After reading the text aloud, Gideon asked me what I thought it…Continue
Added by Jenny Replogle on December 13, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Sandra Lynn Hutchison writes in In Culture Parent, A Magazine for Parents Raising Little Global Citizens, about the importance of looking at our children as brilliant stars!
Abdu'l-Baha said, "Those brilliant stars which thou hast beheld are the children of the Kingdom."
How are children like brilliant stars? What are some diverse ways that the light of brilliance manifests…Continue