Rev. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI, recently spoke on “Secularity and the Gospel: Being Missionaries to Our Own Children” as part of the Great Theologians Lecture series at the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry. You can listen to or view the lecture here.
The role of the spiritual mentor is essential in the practice of Tasawwuf. Tasawwuf is the traditional Islamic science of self-improvement and spirituality (sufism), focussing on one's relationship with Allah. The Revivalry blog explains the practice:
Here is a 10 minute video of a simple, effective technique of mantra meditation in the Kriya Yoga Tradition as described by Roy Eugene Davis, personal disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, spiritual director of Center for Spiritual Awareness.
Jeanne Miller-Clark and her staff host a weekly “Ancient Ritual of High Tea” for people living with cancer and their caregivers. Silence, reflection, and contemplation while sipping tea help people notice each moment. Jeanne serves tea in beautiful teacups from around the world, donated by patients and their families. Jeanne is pictured with a cancer patient who donated a teacup from her great grandmother.
Philip Culbertson helpfully (circa 1992) lists twelve stumbling blocks that inhibit the development of a healthy masculine spirituality within the Christian tradition. Despite many of the issues arising from the late 1980’ the list does in some measure begin to get at the “false masculine” and thus the obstacles and opportunities we face as males in becoming more fully human, alive, and free.
Meditation has been around for thousands of years, but not so long ago extended retreats or programs that banned speech were reserved for aging rock stars or college students on the ten-year plan. And while the practice isn't exactly mainstream in corporate America, more and more executives are open to anything that might help them thrive in - or temporarily disconnect from - today's BlackBerry-addled ADD business climate.
Read more about meditation in the corporate world here.
Liz Ellmann recently visited Dan Robinson near Ocala, Florida, USA, to learn about his involvement in Sholom Park and the Center for Spirituality and Health program at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Dan designed the labyrinth and offers retreats in spirituality, health, and group spiritual direction in Sholom Park.
If you thought the churches in Europe were in decline, think again.
After decades of secularization, religion in Europe has slowed its slide toward what had seemed inevitable oblivion. There are even nascent signs of a modest comeback. Most church pews are still empty. But belief in heaven, hell and concepts such as the soul has risen in parts of Europe, especially among the young, according to surveys. Religion, once a dead issue, now figures prominently in public discourse.
To read the surprising reason for this turnaround, click here.