30 June 2012

Inter-faith conversations

Do you know someone of another religion?

Relationships often result in conversations about the things that netter most to us. Conversations are not about getting your point across, but about listening too.

What do you know about other religions than your own?

If you know someone of another faith?
If so, you'll probably have better attitudes toward all other faith groups.

Appreciative knowledge:
What is the core teaching of Islam?
What's good in Buddhism?

Do not hold whole religions captive by the actions of a few.

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28 June 2012

Libraries: vital role in our societies

"... thanks to Andrew Carnegie, who gave some 1400 grants to build libraries across the country, worth $41 million at the time, or several billion in today's dollars. His gift of the New York Public Library tops the charts of philanthropic acts in American history. "The library in his mind was the quintessential educational institution for the whole community," said David Nasaw, history professor at City University of New York.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2118141,00.html#ixzz1z3czojVH

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The UNDERGROUND New York Public Library - photos, readers & books

My friend and bibliophile, Cheryl, found this blog and told me about it. Now I'm sharing it with you. Fascinating, especially since I'm visiting New York this week.

The Underground New York Public Library is a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways. This library freely lends out a reminder that we’re capable of traveling to great depths within ourselves and as a whole.

I’m Ourit. This is my current photography project. I’m fascinated by how we apply ourselves to stories and discourse. In so doing, we shape who we understand ourselves to be.

Library Hours

Sunday- Friday: Posting daily

Sunday: A Sunday Morning Bible is posted.

Friday: At 12:00 PM I post a photo with an unsolved title. The Tumblr community helps me solve it.

Final post of the week: A Friday eReader is featured along with end of the week recaps and links.

Saturday: Closed

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11 June 2012

Nowhere to 'leave off from'

John Bluck writes, "What saddens me as a reasonably orthodox Christian believer and church attender is that we don’t seem to have any sense of urgency or even awareness about how much we’re missing out on our market share. Tarot card readers and deep breathing meditators pedal their wares with more enthusiasm and confidence than your average (Christian denomination).

It’s almost as though we think that people will wake up one morning and all come back to church, and after we’ve given them the page number in the prayer book they will pick up with us where they left off.

Except those people never joined in the first place so they have nowhere to leave off from, and the way we worship and interpret the faith now is going to be radically different in five years time, ten times more radically different than the revolutionary changes we’ve been through in the last fifty years."

EIDTS graduation address 2009 by Bishop John Bluck

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