Passing on Spirituality: Teaching the Spiritual ABC’s

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Spirituality is a way of being in the world, and it is marked by activities and experiences. We didn't learn a lot about it when we were growing up and going to Sunday School, confirmation classes, and youth group, although we were taught the beliefs of our faith. Spirituality came later when we met a variety of teachers and attended conferences and workshops.  So when Patheos asked us to reflect upon how we would pass it on to children, we realized it's all about things we can … [Read more...]

The Graduation Speech We’d Like to Give (Part I)

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It's that time of year, when millions of students "graduate" to a new stage of their education or life. During the ceremonies they will hear representatives of their classes share about what they have learned and then listen to graduation speakers talk about what they will need as they move into the future. Here's the graduation speech we'd like to give -- offering "wisdom to go" in the form of spiritual practices for everyday life. (This is Part I; we'll have more wisdom to go next … [Read more...]

Spring: 6 Ways to Inaugurate the Season

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"Just as there are seasons in the world around us, so there are in our interior life," Teresa of Avila wisely observed. "We cannot expect it to be otherwise."Spring is a season of renewal and rebirth. It's a time when buds become leaves and flowers, when healing rain washes city streets and falls like grace on parched country fields, when the hard ground beneath us softens to allow shoots of new life to emerge.As outside, so inside. Spring is a time for cleaning out and making way for … [Read more...]


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