prayer from the cell: cathedral

cathedral prayer from the cell by nakedpastor david hayward

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1. We promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
2. We treat each other with respect, compassion, equality and dignity.
3. We make no assumptions about others’ spirituality, beliefs or opinions.
4. We encourage others in their free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
5. We listen before we speak.

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  • It would be interesting to see how #2 is handled on your site.

    I am presently spending some time on poetry sites. Poetry sites are incredibly different from Philosophy sites where people discuss ideas and try to avoid identifying with an idea and taking criticisms of ideas as personal.

    On poetry blogs, comments are only supportive, sweet, complimentary and such. And indeed, such support helps people to keep writing their poetry. However, what it lacks is challenges to self-destructive thinking, poor writing and much more. Without challenges, people continue naively thinking everything is good.

    It is a delicate balance between being supportive and challenging. And sometimes it takes different people to do those things. To expect critical support or supportive criticism out of the same person is sometimes unreasonable.

    Moderation must be tough — unless the goal is “feel goodism”, which I am sure it isn’t.

  • As far as #2 is handled, it is handled well. It is truly working. I’m amazed and pleased. What’s your favorite poetry site?

  • I imagine you are doing a fantastic job of moderating. Charging the minimum you do is another way to screen.

    My favorite poetry site is my own, of course. 🙂 But the National Poetry Foundation is probably the recommendation you are looking for. 🙂

    I generally dislike poetry because most of it buys into silly, romantic idealism or is stuffy and vague or private and not real communication. But then, I am a poetry buffoon!!

  • Are you aware of David Whyte’s work? I’m a fan. Oh… and on TLS I don’t need to moderate. They are self-moderating. Impressive.

  • Whyte’s work looks very straightforward — I like that. It is easier to dialogue with such poets.
    Self-moderation is good. Like I said, charging a minimal fee can keep the non-searching rabble, like myself, out.

  • Thanks Sabio for your gracious response. The $7/month actually does work. It is providing the necessary gateway. Thanks!