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Living with Dying

Living with Dying

“There are two ways to live your life: One is as if nothing is a miracle, and the other is as if everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein This quote by Einstein ends the book Living at the End of Life, by Karen Whitley Bell, Certified Hospice and Palliative…

Creation Spirituality

Creation Spirituality

Honoring all of creation as Original Blessing, Creation Spirituality integrates the wisdom of Eastern and Western spirituality and global indigenous cultures, with the emerging scientific understanding of the universe, and the passion of creativity. It is both a tradition and a movement, celebrated by mystics and agents of social change from every…

That’s What I Am

HUMAN DIGNITY + COMPASSION = PEACE is what Mr. Simpson wrote on the blackboard. The 2011 movie is “set in California against the backdrop of the mid-sixties, “That’s What I Am” is a coming-of-age story that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to […]

Empathy and Compassion in Society

“We believe a compassionate world is a peaceful world.” “We believe a compassionate world is possible when every man, woman and child treats others as they would wish to be treated – with dignity, equity and respect.” “We believe all human beings are born with the capacity for compassion, and it must be cultivated for […]

Safe and Smart Priorities

Marc Beauchamp suggests in his July 12, 2014 Record Searchlight Editorial, that we need to “make crime the No. 1 issue in the November election,” after quoting excerpts from several vitriolic emails he has received. Homeless persons, transients, drug users, alcoholics, scrawny punks, mentally ill persons and outright criminals are all lumped indiscriminately together as if homelessness […]

Shasta County’s Beloved Community Movement

This coming Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10 AM a group of caring people from several faith traditions (progressive Christian, Bahai, Quakers, Spiritual Living and Unity) plus representatives from a few well-established community organizations such as SCCAR and NAACP, will meet for an hour at First United Methodist Church to offer their…

What Would Jesus Do?

Public television station KTWU produced a series called Beyond Theology. Check out their great interactive website! The series emerged from a documentary related to the origins of the question “What would Jesus do?” That question, in its popularized form, came from a sermon series by the Reverend Charles M. Sheldon – a…