Book Review: Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent: Sacred Teachings—Annotated & Explained
At the heart of any search for meaning lie several basic questions that have spurred seekers throughout the ages: Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? How shall I live, and why? Rabbi Rami Shapiro has addressed these questions with wisdom from the world’s sacred and philosophical teachings and his own illuminating commentary, enhanced by Eknath Easwaran’s practice of “Passage Meditation, to create a ‘bible’ for the spiritually independent.”
Book Review: Pilgrimage—the Sacred Art: Journey to the Center of the Heart
Why does there seem to be a universal desire to combine the physically demanding with the inward “journey of the heart?” In Pilgrimage—the Sacred Art we find stunningly insightful answers to that question and an arsenal of new material to deepen our own connection to the divine.
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The Sacred Art of Hospitality interview with Nanette Sawyer
Hospitality is all the rage in communities coast to coast this year, in part because we are approaching the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s declaration of a national Thanksgiving. But what is hospitality? Emily Post? Serving tea? A suite at a convention with mixed drinks? Where do we turn to rediscover the spiritual core of hospitality?
Spirituality & Practice
Book Review: Pilgrimage—The Sacred Art: Journey to the Center of the Heart
The practice of pilgrimage cuts across all cultures and is part of nearly every religion. What does this journey entail? Author, Dr. Sheryl A.Kujawa-Holbrook, defines it as "a life-changing journey" that can be a search for meaning, peace, or freedom.
Hooked on a feeling: Temple B'Nai Shalom's rabbi hopes readers will reel in lessons from his fly-fishing book
If you ask Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer, we are a society that has forgotten to stop and smell the roses. This belief has led him to co-write Fly-Fishing—The Sacred Art, which delves into the spiritual side of the sport while inspiring the reader to do some soul-searching and to appreciate the beauty of nature around us.
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The Tom Stella Interview: ‘Finding God Beyond Religion’
To clarify his message, Tom Stella is not an atheist. In fact, you’ll find in today’s interview with Read The Spirit Editor David Crumm that Tom considers himself a Christian. But, he also describes his concept of God, now, as a powerful sense of a Spirit within the world and within all of us. He says his theology is much like that of retired Bishop John Spong, who we also interviewed recently. Stella’s opening lines in this book quote the Muslim-Sufi mystic Rumi inviting “us to leave behind the narrow notion of religion understood as moral teachings and to enter the field where spiritual seekers gather.” That “field” does not try to impose traditional doctrines, Stella explains.
Spiritual cul-de-sac: How the church fails the divorced by Carolyne Call
I never expected to be a divorce statistic. I confess that I clung to a particular and private hubris: I thought that because my husband and I were ordained, we were immune to divorce. After all, didn’t I as a pastor understand the spiritual aspects of marriage better than most? Surely my faith life was such that my marriage could not fail.
The Presbyterian Outlook
Book Review: Men Pray: Voices of Strength, Faith, Healing, Hope and Courage
Men are largely absent from the church; yet men still lead the majority of congregations. It’s a pattern than began many years ago and has only increased. This pattern of absence from a spiritual community, one might conclude, has led to the kinds of destructive moral behavior that occurs with greater frequency in men. Some have said semiseriously that we ought to replace all the men in leadership with women. Yet, neither that solution nor the pattern reveal the deep spiritual hunger that abides for men who are showing up in worshipping communities.
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What’s So Funny About Religion?
Featuring Baptist Minister Rev. Susan Sparks (author, Laugh Your Way to Grace); Rev. James Martin, SJ; Fearing the Stigmata author Matt Weber; Muslim comedians Azhar Usman & Mo Amer; and playwright, author, standup comedian Lewis Black. You won't see a show like this anywhere else.
The Path of the Spiritual Fisherman – An interview with the author of Fly Fishing – The Sacred Art
Fishing is far more than catching fish. It is an experience that involves the entire body and engages the whole mind. There is simply no room in the focused fisherman’s consciousness for self doubt. If the fish are there then the successful fisherman will find them and will, more often than not land them.
Spirituality & Practice
Book Review: Spiritual Gems of Islam: Insights & Practices from the Qur'an, Hadith, Rumi & Muslim Teaching Stories to Enlighten the Heart & Mind
The spiritual riches of Islamic spirituality have been preserved and passed down through the generations in sacred texts, meditations, and knowledge of the heart. But these riches are not just for Muslims and Sufis. If you are a seeker, a person rooted in another tradition, one of the many who identifies yourself as "spiritual but not religious," or an agnostic or atheist, the 33 gems presented by Imam Jamal Rahman will provide light to illuminate your path and lift up your spirit.
Spirituality & Practice
Book Review: Finding God Beyond Religion: A Guide for Skeptics, Agnostics and Unorthodox Believers Inside and Outside the Church
Tom Stella is a hospice chaplain, visiting professor of religion at Colorado College, and spiritual director. In A Faith Worth Believing: Finding New Life Beyond the Rules of Religion, he led us out of the cramped and confining beliefs of parochial Christianity into more expansive and mysterious territory. In this book, he speaks directly to the "spiritual but not religious crowd," who are searching for a path that gives their lives fresh meaning. read on
The Phoenix Spirit
Book Review: Fully Awake & Truly Alive: Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Soul
The author of Fully Awake & Truly Alive, Rev. Jane E. Vennard, has taught spiritual practices for many years. Drawing on her extensive experience, she provides readers information on spiritual practices that may change their behaviors and transform their lives. Her guidance is invaluable with expanding our definition and understanding of spiritual practice. read on
Non-zero-sum compassion with Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Rami Shapiro, author of The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness and many other SkyLight Paths books, talks with Kate Sheehan Roach, editor of Contemplative Journal, about how the future of humanity lies at the intersection of contemplation and compassion. Watch the interview. read on
Jane Vennard: Spiritual practices, such as prayer, bring renewal of soul
Rev. Jane E. Vennard delves into renewal in her new book, Fully Awake and Truly Alive, which explores how spiritual practices from different faith traditions can yield peace, gratitude, humility and compassion.
Explore the significance of emotions for Jesus and for Christians today
ReadTheSpirit editor David Crumm interviews Rev. Peter Wallace about his new book, The Passionate Jesus: What We Can Learn from Jesus about Love, Fear, Grief, Joy and Living Authentically.
The Personal Is Theological
Patheos speaks with Lana Dalberg about her new book, Birthing God: Women’s Experiences of the Divine.