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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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Readers of the Christian Scriptures can never forget Rudolph Bultmann’s insight about the first Christians:

“After Jesus’ death and resurrection, the preacher became the preached.” “Things” changed drastically after Jesus died and rose. Before that double event, Jesus crisscrossed... more

It’s difficult for some Christians to admit that our four gospels are not four biographies of Jesus. The first gospel (Mark) wasn’t written until at least 40 years after Jesus’ death and resurrection. By that time eye and ear witnesses of the historical Jesus were rare. And no one who personally... more

Anyone who thinks today’s tensions in the church between pre- and post-Vatican II theology and practice is unique lives in an historical vacuum. We’ve never existed without these tensions. There always have been those who believe Jesus wants us to keep repeating old formulas and behavior, and... more

(Ideally all nine readings should be proclaimed during tonight’s Vigil. But because of space limits, I can only comment on four.)

The fact that seven of tonight’s nine readings are from the Hebrew Scriptures is a sign of the ancient roots of this liturgy. It originally dated from a... more

Being a minister in a church which practices infant Baptism, I’m often asked, “Why doesn’t the church develop a sacrament in which we can make an adult commitment to Jesus?” My answer comes quickly: “We already have one!” (And I’m not referring to Confirmation.) The Christian sacrament of adult... more

Two people can read the same biblical text and walk away with diametrically opposed messages. Like all good literature, Scripture offers different levels of interpretation. But before we get involved with those different levels, modern Scripture scholars try to surface the meaning the sacred... more

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