Category: Interfaith

Turn Your Thinking Upside Down.

  By Pema Chödrön     On a very basic level all beings think that they should be happy. When life becomes difficult or painful, we feel that something has gone wrong. This wouldn’t be a big problem except for the fact that when we feel something’s gone wrong, we’re willing to do anything to feel okay again. Even start a fight. According to the Buddhist teachings, difficulty is inevitable in human life. For one thing, we cannot escape the reality of death. But there are also the realities of aging, of illness, of not getting what we want,...

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5 Precepts of Parenting & Practice.

  By Ty Phillips As Brynn and I trudged through the metroparks today, I became enraptured within the welcoming silence and beauty of the snow covered forest. As I stood in awe I noticed a shared silence. My three year old, usually boisterous and always at a volume level 10, was silent. I turned to look and to my delight, she was staring in the same wondering manner, as I. We gazed up at the mighty snow covered boughs and the nimble pines as they bent down their great wreathed limbs to touch us. This was her first time being...

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Pope Francis: A Man for All Seasons.

  By Gerry Ellen A breath of fresh air has swept over Vatican City. A new sense of purpose and meaning of the highest order is occupying the artful and historically meticulous corners of Italy and the world. A man who chose his Catholic name based on St. Francis of Assisi, the humble servant to all human and animal life. A peaceful presence at heart, who sees the good in all beliefs and values in his duty to the entire religious system, and delved in deep to gain more of an understanding on how to take steps towards a...

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Spiritual, Not Religious.

  By Ann Graham Nichols   As a teenager, I attended services for the High Holy Days with a Jewish friend, bought a Star of David, and decided to own my Jewish heritage. Then I dated a Catholic boy and spent Sundays mesmerized by incense and robes. Later, I joined a protestant church, became an elder, served communion and I was baptized. I loved the hymn singing, and the sense of belonging. Somewhere in there, I became viciously judgmental about the term “spiritual, not religious.” I viewed it as a copout—a way to stake a claim to being “good” without...

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Good Men with Guns.

    By Dejah Beauchamp     “Did you hear about the terrorist attack in Paris?” my mom asked as I stepped in the door. I’d just spent two hours in a waiting room with the TV channel turned to CNN, so yes, I’d heard of it. I’d seen the video of three men in a shootout at the offices of Charlie Hebdo (the French equivalent of Mad Magazine) playing over and over until I had to clench my fists to keep myself from running up to the TV and shutting it off. I was sick to death (and...

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