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The world most of us occupy most of the time is seldom a particularly gentle place. Gentleness is not a characteristic much valued in our culture. It frightens most people.

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Few of us get the opportunity to examine our lives from the edge of death. Victoria writer, educator, and runner Gregory Marchand had the opportunity to look at his life after nearly dying and tells about it in his book, Open Heart Runner.

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The responses to Ross Douthat’s New York Times OpEd continue to roll in.

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Ross Douthat has generated a feverish conversation on the internet in response to his recent “Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved” OpEd piece at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/opinion/sunday/douthat-can-liberal-christianity-be-saved.html?_r=1

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In yesterday’s New York Times, thirty-year-old conservative blogger and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat  announced the demise of what he calls “liberal Christianity.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/opinion/sunday/douthat-can-liberal-christianity-be-saved.html?_r=1&ref=romancatholicchurch

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In the face of dying paradigms, it is tempting to try to reassert the old ways of doing things and demand allegiance to what were once the normative patterns for governing our life together.

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We live in a time of extraordinary change. Everything is shifting so quickly, it feels impossible to keep up.
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One of the gifts of being asked to reflect with a group of people about a particular topic is that it motivates me to think about that topic.

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Tim Olmsted is a Tibetan Buddhist dharma teacher in Colorado and the founder of the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs. In a recent interview in Tricycle Magazine, Olmsted spoke about his anxieties that, in an attempt to accommodate itself to a western context, Buddhist teaching is being watered down and losing its transformative power.

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For Paul astheneia is the gateway into an awareness of the presence and power of God at work in his life.

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