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A recent study out of University College London, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, makes some startling claims about people who identify themselves as spiritual but do not connect to any formal religion.
The thing I find so appealing about this “Questioning ‘My Lack of Faith’” conversation is the honesty, openness, and non-defensiveness of my correspondent.
In a tiny way I came closer than I ever want to come yesterday to feeling personally the impact of terrorism.
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The church exists to embody the oneness accomplished in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The cross is the instrument of that oneness.
The epistle reading appointed in the lectionary to be read yesterday has a problem. It stops too early.
On Tuesday evening I heard a lovely reflection on the encounter of Jesus with travellers on the road to Emmaus as told in Luke 24.
Every day for the past week on my way to work I have biked past a home whose front yard is elaborately decorated. The lawn is covered with creepy crawly things; witches and skeletons adorn the porch. There are tomb stones and cobwebs filling the grassy space in front of this otherwise ordinary suburban house.
Institutions that exist to support spirituality in the western world are in trouble. Membership is in decline; finances are a struggle; programs are difficult to maintain.
Many people affirm that spirituality is an important part of their individual lives. They want to connect with deeper realities and to nurture their awareness of the Divine. But they are reluctant to associate with any formal institutional embodiment of the spiritual path.
What is it that makes spiritual institutions so difficult in our culture?
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Dr. William Morrow – St. Philip Anglican Church Lenten Series Session 5: ”Contradicts Itself: The Logic of Cult-Centralization” (Deuteronomy 12; 14:22-19:13; 26)
Why does life so often seem to be so broken?