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365 Invocations to Create an Extraordinary Life, Week 13

Carol Simone | Posted 03.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Carol Simone

"What does freedom mean to me?" is one of the most important question you will ever ask yourself. And, of course, as with any important question, you have to journey deep inside in order to find out what holds the truth for you.

365 Invocations to Create an Extraordinary Life, Week 8

Carol Simone | Posted 12.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol Simone

There is so much beauty all around you. Open up, take a deep breath and let it in! Let every moment be a meditation.

365 Invocations to Create an Extraordinary Life, Week 3

Carol Simone | Posted 11.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol Simone

You are not the ongoing story in your mind. Who you really are is much greater: eternal, limitless, free, all-loving. The mind's story, or the ego self, exists by reflecting on the past or future and constantly comparing itself in an effort to bring new drama to its elusive existence.

365 Invocations to Create an Extraordinary Life

Carol Simone | Posted 10.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol Simone

Here are your first week's invocations to return you to yourself so you can clear the way inside to invoke the clearest vision of your life. When you are relaxed, breathe and say out loud the first day's invocation. Take it in and sit with your feelings. Breathe and do it again.

Invoking God's Great Name

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

We praise you, God, for providing a world in which the only true hierarchy begins with you and immediately ends, equally, with each one of us. In here, out there, everywhere.

Why Religious Invocations at Presidential Inaugurations?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Many of our framers, the chief architects of the United States Constitution, most clearly did not have these measures in mind.

Court Strikes Down Public High School Graduation Prayers

Reuters | Jim Forsyth | Posted 07.31.2011 | Religion

(Reuters) - A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that a high school graduation in a San Antonio suburb may not include an opening and closing prayer o...

The Wind Is Out of My Sails

Mario Ruiz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mario Ruiz

It's of no interest to me whether Rick Warren appears as an empathetic or warmhearted man. What matters is what comes out of his mouth. What he preaches, what he and his church stand for.

A Prayer for Most Americans

C. Brian Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
C. Brian Smith

If our new president is truly devoted to change, he will separate, once and for all, the sloppy, congealed mess that is Church and State. He will allow us to shed unsolicited religious ideology which suffocates us like a dirty, wet t-shirt.

Obama Shifts Spiritual Dialogue to Focus on Possibilities

Suzette Standring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Suzette Standring

Both Gene Robinson and Rick Warren symbolize universal aspirations: that of equality and acceptance, and that of faith-based service to the poor, the sick and the disenfranchised.

Who Says America Doesn't Have a Prayer?

Larry Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Ross

Through this visible Inaugural platform, President-elect Obama and Dr. Rick Warren have opportunity together to move beyond sectarian interest to national interest.

Eugene Robinson is a Crumb from the Master's Table

Mike Alvear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Alvear

In a heated debate about the twisted pretzel of the Obama-Warren-Robinson controversy, my roommate, Cindy Abel, said: "Eugene Robinson is a crumb from the master's table."

Zelizer's Book Corner: Frank Lambert's Religion in American Politics

Julian E. Zelizer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julian E. Zelizer

Frank Lambert's Religion in American Politics is a perfect starting point for understanding just how deep the tradition of liberal religious activism runs.

Is Rick Warren Beyond The Pale?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While I understand the anger from the gay-rights community over the Warren issue, I myself am waiting to see some solid results from Obama before judging him.

Transcendental Invocation: Surprise Me, Rick Warren!

Adele Stan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adele Stan

The sage Todd Gitlin urges us to voice our complaint and move on. But moving on doesn't move me. I want my transcendent moment. First, it seems, I'll have to transcend my damn self.

Rick Warren and Respect

Curtis Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Curtis Black

Selecting Rick Warren for the inaugural invocation is a Sister Souljah moment for Barack Obama. It's not his first, but it's the saddest, the most hurtful.

What Would Obama Do If Obama Was Mad At Obama About Rick Warren?

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

Obama would move on -- he'd refuse to be distracted. He'd brush the dirt off his shoulder and immediately return his focus to winning.

This Christian Believes Pastor Warren Should Put a Sock In It

Scott Foval | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Foval

Rick Warren, what you are doing by turning to attack your critics as "Christophobes," is manipulating the core message.

Fighting Back in the Age of Obama

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

This isn't necessarily another angry take on Rick Warren. This is about fighting back in the age of Obama.

Some Sinful Links at Rick Warren's Updated Website

Lisa Derrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Derrick

While Saddleback Church removed several entries from its website, a not-so-gay-friendly manifesto is back up. This wasn't a removal of homophobia, but revisionism for PR purposes.

Warren-Endorsed Nigerian Archbishop Backed Anti-Gay Laws Worse Than Pre-WWII Third Reich's

Bruce Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Wilson

In 2006, Rick Warren publicly lionized (literally) Peter Akinola three months after the Archbishop had endorsed legislation more draconian than comparable anti-gay statutes passed prior to World War II under the Third Reich.

Rocks and Hard Places for Gay Christians this Christmas

Scott Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Swenson

Originally appeared on RHRealityCheck.org - Information, commentary and community for reproductive health and rights. I pray. Everyday. Sometimes se...

How to Keep the Hearts of Bigots Warm Through the Winter

Harvey Fierstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Fierstein

Obama can call the placing of a hate monger like Rick Warren on the world dais political healing or inclusiveness or any other nicety he'd like, but I call it pandering to the lowest instinct of the worst kind of politics.

Gay Marriage, Part 2

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

The gay marriage issue has intruded so profoundly on gay politics that I am told I should protest the inauguration of Obama, because he invited a minister to say a prayer whose main priorities are climate change, poverty, and AIDS.

Should Progressives Engage Agents of Intolerance?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

If there is a rational argument against gay marriage, I have yet to see it. And this is why Obama's invitation to Warren might just work. A major limitation to progressive thinking is our over-reliance on rational debate.