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Breath of the Spirit

Pastoral, Liturgical, Teaching, and Social Justice Moments brought to you by www.DignityUSA.org.

Breath of the Spirit is DignityUSA’s electronic spiritual and liturgical resource for our members and potential members. Nothing can replace your chapter or other faith community, but we hope you will find further support here for integrating your spirituality with your sexuality and all the strands of your life.

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Problems abound when we pull a few lines of Scripture from the context in which a sacred author originally put them. But we do this during every Eucharist. No biblical writer ever intended his or her work to be employed in the way we use it in the liturgy. Liturgies, as... more

"Hesed" is one of Scripture's pivotal concepts. Though we have no one English word which translates the idea our sacred authors are trying to convey when they use it, the concept isn't difficult to understand.

Hesed is what you do for someone for whom you have responsibilities that isn't... more

Though the old Weston Priory song containing the haunting refrain, "Come back to me with all your heart; don't let fear keep us apart," was entitled Hosea, it could just as accurately been called Micah, or Isaiah, or Jeremiah. The goal and message of every prophet in the Hebrew Scriptures... more

One of the first things students of Scripture learn is the disturbing fact that biblical events are not always presented to us in the order in which they actually took place.

As we saw last week with Jeremiah, call narratives usually are the last part of a prophetic book to take form. Yet... more

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