Why I am a Freelance Spiritual Seeker

Patheos has recently challenged bloggers to respond to the question, in 200 words or less, "Why I am a......" (whatever religion they are) Ok, so I sort of went over the word limit, and I am not sure I got my response in on time, but here it is:Why I am a Freelance Spiritual SeekerI have never been a detail person. I like the “big picture” story about everything from the daily news to the stock market.The individual religions each carry a story that is too small for me to buy. “If … [Read more...]

Planned Parenthood Urges a More Spiritually Mature Conversation

Planned Parenthood has a new campaign called <a href="http://www.ppaction.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pp_ppol_notinhershoes#.UQkwteihBuW" target="_hplink">"Not in Her Shoes."</a> In it they are trying to move away from the divisive labels "Pro-choice" versus "Pro-life," and the black-and-white thinking those labels engender."Not in Her Shoes" begs us to broaden our conversation about abortion, and to realize the issue is far more complex than being "for" or "against" the … [Read more...]

What? “Teach” Spirituality in Schools?

I was so happy to see this article on the Greater Good website: “The Case for Discussing Spirituality in Schools.”  A baby boomer myself, I thought back to my school days when the good nuns at Saint Frances de Sales and later Blessed Sacrament schools were very bent on teaching us the facts and rules about Catholicism. I am quite sure the word spirituality never once crossed their minds. No element of the curriculum was devoted to helping us develop, or even acknowledge, that part of ourselves th … [Read more...]

Les Misérables – Spiritual Types in Valjean and Javert

I recently saw the movie musical Les Misérables, and I could not help noticing the clear spiritual typecasting in two of the main characters – Jean Valjean and his nemesis Javert. Author Victor Hugo wrote the original story long before the spiritual stages were recognized and appreciated. But he must have somehow understood them intuitively, as these two characters he created almost perfectly exemplify the Mystic and the Faithful stages, respectively.Valjean was released after a ni … [Read more...]

Why – Spirituality?

Many people are intuitively attracted to the idea of spirituality - and probably just as many are repelled by it. Why is that? Some of the connotations of spirituality can be quite negative for rational-minded people, which can explain the latter situation. Communing with the dead, seeing past lives, and accessing other non-local realities is not appealing to those who pride themselves on their focus on the here and the now. To the strictly rational mind, anything that is not about the about our … [Read more...]

Reexamining the Definition of Religion

Did you know that words like f-bomb, sexting, brain cramp, and earworm have now earned an official place in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary? Each year hundreds of new words are added to the dictionary in order to account for our ever-changing vocabulary. New words, such as copernicium, are introduced to account for scientific advancements. Other words, like e-reader, are included in the dictionary due to technological advancements. And some words, such as man cave and gastropub, are added due to … [Read more...]


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