Monday, September 21
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A Candle in the Dark – Prayerful Tuesday

A Candle in the Dark – Prayerful Tuesday

"Life" Issues, Civil War, community, conflict, death, doubt, Grief, hate, Holy Mystery, Hope, Human Condition, Intecessory Prayer, justice, Lament, Love, mercy, Mystery, overwhelmed, peace, Politics, prayer, Religious War, spiritual practice, Surrender, Uncategorized, violence, war, world
  The news stories of the last few weeks have broken my heart.  Seeing the pictures of wild fires, immigrant children, Palestine, Iraq, and the Ukraine simply overwhelms me with sadness and despair. I think how can one human being do these things to another human being, especially children. I keep asking myself when will this come to an end?  I know it seems as if prayer doesn’t makes a difference and so it feels like a waste of time to offer your prayers.  But heartfelt prayer often leads us into action and that is prayer indeed. You see when many people offer prayers they, we,  form a community of prayer and as a community we can do much.  We can write letters, become involved in interfaith and cross cultural groups standing with those who are victims, or we can help with suppor...
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...