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Church Camp, 2014 – Prayerful Tuesday

Abundance, awareness, Blessings, Christian Church, community, Creation, Disciples of Christ, Education, Friendship, Grace, Gratitude, Holy Mystery, Joy, listen, Love, Play, prayer, Scripture, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Summer, Uncategorized
Mark 10:13-16 13 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ 16And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. I spent last week at Gwinwood Christian Retreat Center, [(Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)] as one of the Chi Rho (Jr. High) counselors.  The whole week was a wonderful experience and not just for the kids.  Spending time with children and young people is a prayerful time.  In the voices and fa
Of Sagan, Science, and Sisyphus

Of Sagan, Science, and Sisyphus

Atheism, Creation, culture, Education, existentialism, Human Condition, mind, Mystery, Nature, Philosophy, Religion, Science, spirit, Spirituality, Theology, world
How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded "This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, subtler, more elegant?" Instead, they say "No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way." A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. -- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot The late Prof. Carl Sagan no doubt intended his question and the comments thereafter to be purely rhetorical. Given that they occurred in printed form and not in a “real-time” lecture or conversation, that is no doubt understandable. But Prof. Sagan’s remark about religion’s reticence
Sailing with Ulysses

Sailing with Ulysses

Art, Education, Mystery, Science, Skeptic, Spirituality
One need not leave one's armchair to undertake the Journey of the Hero. Such can happen entirely inside one's skull. Though it is gradually coming to seem downright quaint these days, this concept of education was the rule rather than the exception until quite late in the 20th century. This is my personal account of how I embarked upon that journey, and why it is not over. ******************************************************************************************************************************************* Life-changing moments are usually recognized as life-changing only in retrospect. But occasionally, such a moment is recognized, however dimly, as life-changing at the time it occurs. One of the latter, for me, occurred when my advanced-placement (AP) eighth-grade English teacher, M...