When religion and spirituality meet, sometimes there’s smoke

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For some time now, my aunt has been telling me to sage my house - sage, meaning burn sage in a cleansing ritual to rid the rooms of negative energy. She's also talked to me before about balancing my chakra, too. When I was younger, I pooh-poohed that kind of thing, but as I've aged I've become more interested in the spirituality that I'd always been taught was ... well, bad. Wrong. Evil.But the last decade or so, I've begun to question a lot of things about organized religion -  not the f … [Read more...]

Living more with less

I couldn't talk about the school without sharing a picture of the kids!

The homes in this village were ramshackle sheds, put together with scrap metal, cardboard and whatever other materials the owners could salvage from the sides of the road or the dump. Each small plot of land - about 30 x 30 feet - had a cement floor and two holes in the yard, one for water to come up and one for waste to go down. A drainage ditch ran through the community, stagnant sewage-filled water littered with plastic bottles and other castoff garbage. The hot sun beat down on the village … [Read more...]

Patheo blogger Rev. Carl Gregg and his Christmas pups! (photo)

Rev. Carl Gregg and hi Christmas pups!

I love writing at Patheos and I love meeting my fellow bloggers. What better way for all of us to get to know each other than through our pets!This is Patheos blogger Carl Gregg with his two dogs, both rescues: the black and white, 20 lb. terrier mix named Dobby Templeton ("She's our house elf", says Carl) and the 15-week-old, (already!) 19 lb. hound/boxer with a brindle coat named Scout "Boo Radley" ("Think To Kill a Mockingbird", he says).Carl's blog is "Pluralism, Progressivism, … [Read more...]

Friday food for thought quote: animal welfare and the church

"Still, there is a growing awareness that how we treat animals is a measure of our own humanity—that violence inflicted on animals is inexorably linked to human-against-human violence, that compassion is a big enough idea to encompass animals as well as humans." Christine Gutleben,  senior director of the Faith Outreach program of The Humane Society of the United States, in a piece about animal welfare and the church … [Read more...]

Friday Food For Thought: quote from St. Francis of Assisi

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who deal likewise with their fellow men." - St. Francis of AssisiClick here to read more quotes about animals on the Heavenly Creatures blog. … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Heavenly Creatures blog

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. - Genesis 1:24, 25 NKJV I've never been big fan of the notion that God created the universe and everything in it, then created man and for … [Read more...]


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