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Global Spirit – Love, Fear, and Beyond

This program explores the relationship between love and fear and the profound possibilities that arise when one learns to live life from a place of love rather than from fear. Program guests include guitarist and spiritual practitioner Carlos Santana, drummer-composer Cindy Blackman-Santana and authors and therapists Jerry Jampolsky and Diane Cirincione-Jampolsky (of Attitudinal Healing International). Mixing exciting concert… Continue reading Global Spirit – Love, Fear, and Beyond

Two roads diverged in a wood… and I took both paths.

How A Poem Changed My Life A poem that has strongly influenced my life is “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. Frost’s words inspired me early on to be a non-conformist, pursue the arts, be an innovator, become a writer, seek kindness, consider things deeply, embrace ‘feminist’ ideals, choose vegetarianism, and whether with politics,… Continue reading Two roads diverged in a wood… and I took both paths.

Transcendent Activism: A Blind Date With ‘The Other’

Years ago, I’d heard about a dinner event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It was a fundraiser arranged by some environmentalists who wanted to save a wetland area in Iowa that was at risk of being developed. On arriving, I noticed quite a few large pickup trucks and SUVs in the parking lot. I may be embellishing… Continue reading Transcendent Activism: A Blind Date With ‘The Other’

El País Entrevista con el Papa Francisco (El País Interview with Pope Francis)

Español El 21 de enero de 2017, en una entrevista con El País, el Papa Francisco discute la política y el popularismo de Estados Unidos. Aquí tenemos dos extractos de esa entrevista. Lea la entrevista completa en el sitio web de El País: “El peligro en tiempos de crisis es buscar un salvador que nos… Continue reading El País Entrevista con el Papa Francisco (El País Interview with Pope Francis)

Remembering Fidel Castro: In Praise of Fascist Dictators, Oppressive Tyrants, and Militant Despots

On 26 November 2016, at age 90, Fidel Castro passed away peacefully among friends and family after 57 years in public service as Prime Minister and then President of Cuba. The nation is observing 9-days of mourning as Cubans remember the leader they fondly refer to as ‘el Comandante.’ He was described as “sincere” and… Continue reading Remembering Fidel Castro: In Praise of Fascist Dictators, Oppressive Tyrants, and Militant Despots

Break the Cycle – Just like the ‘war on terrorism’ we are creating more of the fear, bigotry, and hate we profess to be fighting against.

[The following article by Charles Eisenstein addresses how we as ‘liberals’ can look at the world and respond in more effective ways to produce better outcomes that will break cycles of bigotry, hatred, and violence so that instead we create understanding and transformation. It’s been reposted elsewhere under various titles. The title we’ve given it is: “Break… Continue reading Break the Cycle – Just like the ‘war on terrorism’ we are creating more of the fear, bigotry, and hate we profess to be fighting against.

Nick Vujicic: Life Without Limbs but Not Without Hope and Joy

Below are some videos of Nick Vujicic. You can learn more about Nick at AttitudeIsAltitude.com and LifeWithoutLimbs.org. Nick has written many books and also has many teaching videos.   Learn To Live The Life God Has Called You To Published on May 6, 2014 Nick Vujicic at Saddleback Church. In this message, special guest Nick Vujicic talks… Continue reading Nick Vujicic: Life Without Limbs but Not Without Hope and Joy

Hijab and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Nuns

Through the years, many religions have prescribed specific clothing and head covering for practitioners of the faith. Groups sometimes use clothing as a mark of uniqueness or distinction for their specific sect of a religion. Religious clothing is sometimes included with other symbols of faith to present a romanticized alluring old-world portrayal of religious life.… Continue reading Hijab and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Nuns

The Lubavitcher Rebbe On Becoming Bar Mitzvah / Bat Mitzvah

Introduction “Today I am a Man; Today I am a Woman” is a short video with commentary from the Lubavitcher Rebbe On Becoming Bar Mitzvah / Bat Mitzvah. It is provided below in English, Yiddish, French, Spanish, and Russian. Learn more at the Chabad.org website or ChabadIowaCity.com. English Yiddish French Spanish Russian * * *

The Golden Rule Expressed Throughout Many Religions

Scarboro Missions has developed this poster to illustrate the Golden Rule as expressed throughout many different world religions. This speaks to the importance of the Golden Rule principle, and also provides one example of many parallel teachings found throughout various religions. Click here or the image below for a larger view.

Montgomery Gentry – Some People Change (music video and lyrics)

Lifeways Summary. The music video Some People Change by Montgomery Gentry is an inspirational video about how people can turn their lives around. One examples given in the video is of a young man who’d been raised to have racist beliefs. The other example is of a woman (pictured here) who turns away from a… Continue reading Montgomery Gentry – Some People Change (music video and lyrics)