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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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As Marcus Borg stresses in his recent book Speaking Christian, biblical salvation rarely has anything to do with the afterlife. That's a difficult concept to swallow if you, like I, learned about my faith not from Scripture, but from religion classes and catechisms.

The vast... more

My one-time seminary classmate, Dr. Bill Sears, recently prompted lots of discussion about child rearing. Time magazine's controversial May cover story on his work, writings and interviews opened the floodgates. After years of careful observation and research, Bill and his wife Martha concluded... more

Biblical wisdom isn't the ability to consistently win at Jeopardy.

When our sacred authors speak about a wise person, they're basically describing someone who is able to look at the world in which we live and both see and reflect on patterns in God's creation, patterns which... more

Today's first reading can be completely misinterpreted if one reads just the liturgical selection and doesn't know what came before and what will happen later. Especially in the context of John 6 in which Jesus is speaking about feeding us with his body, the bread of life, it appears that Yahweh... more

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