Designing and creating your own sacred journal can be an astonishingly simple contemplative practice that results in a beautiful and meaningful space for gathering and safekeeping your dreams. Here, a theologian and bookbinder shows you how.
What went right? And the answer, though elusive, is quite simple: At the heart of every adolescent experience is an exquisite opening to spirit. An awakening of energy happened when larger questions of meaning and purpose surfaced. This secular school created a place for his soul, and he flourished.
No longer narrow and exclusive, “spirituality” now refers to what happens inside the seeker, who takes charge in the search for meaning. Some speak of “pick-and-choose” or “a-la-carte” spirituality for consumers.
This dialogue from the God at 2000 conference contains a veritable feast of food for thought. The speakers are scholar of Jewish mysticism Rabbi Lawrence Kushner; distinguished professor of Islamic studies Seyyed Hossein Nasr; social psychologist and Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister; and Karen Armstrong, a former Roman Catholic nun whose A history of God has become an international best-seller.
Making interfaith dialogue a priority: the "other" is our neighbor, our co-worker, our boss, maybe our spouse. Love it or not, each of us is being pushed into more constant and increasingly complex interactions with people of vastly different beliefs and ways of knowing. And, as we know from brain science, it is through such interactions that we create ourselves.
This new reality is not a New York-California phenomenon of the cosmopolitan coasts of America. This is a Main Street phenomenon. There are Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists in Salt Lake City, in Toledo, and in Jackson, Mississippi.