The Sabbath Manifesto

The Sabbath Manifesto from a group of Jewish artists encourages us to unplug from technology one day a week. Yes, their take is rather post-religious and a bit secularized. But the idea is a great one. Those of us up to our earlobes in religion have much to learn from them – and let’s hope we will be inspired to do some life-giving abstinence.

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Asking for Forgiveness

How do we ask for forgiveness authentically? What is needed for the sound of our asking to ring true, and deeply so? (I remember a spectacularly naïve request for forgiveness I received a few years ago, and I still cringe in pain). One thing I do know: being able to say, straightforwardly, the words “forgive me” is a step in the right direction. The simple words say so much more than “I am sorry.” For one, “forgive me” voices a direct request to another, who by these two words is rendered visible as the one who has been wronged.

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Of Spirit and Soul

I have read books about it for years. I have attended conferences, workshops and retreats. And yet, I am not sure I can define it. I am referring to spirituality. Spirituality is so often spoken about, and yet, it is in essence unspeakable; it is the topic of great lectures and the result of much silence; it is the gift to very few and the call for many.

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