GROUNDED FINDING GOD IN THE WORLD A SPIRITUAL REVOLUTION

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Grounded

Author : Diana Butler Bass
ISBN : 9780062328571
Genre : Religion
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The headlines are clear: religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices. Diana Butler Bass, leading commentator on religion, politics, and culture, follows up her acclaimed book Christianity After Religion by arguing that what appears to be a decline actually signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. The distant God of conventional religion has given way to a more intimate sense of the sacred that is with us in the world. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us – and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well. Grounded explores this cultural turn as Bass unpacks how people are finding new spiritual ground by discovering and embracing God everywhere in the world around us—in the soil, the water, the sky, in our homes and neighborhoods, and in the global commons. Faith is no longer a matter of mountaintop experience or institutional practice; instead, people are connecting with God through the environment in which we live. Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community. Bass brings her understanding of the latest research and studies and her deep knowledge of history and theology to Grounded. She cites news, trends, data, and pop culture, weaves in spiritual texts and ancient traditions, and pulls it all together through stories of her own and others' spiritual journeys. Grounded observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith. In doing so, Bass invites readers to join this emerging spiritual revolution, find a revitalized expression of faith, and change the world.
Category: Religion

Post Traumatic God

Author : David W. Peters
ISBN : 9780819233035
Genre : Religion
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Find a way back to a God that can be trusted, loved, and worshipped after a traumatic event.
Category: Religion

Climate Church Climate World

Author : Jim Antal
ISBN : 9781538110706
Genre : Religion
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Climate Church, Climate World argues that climate change is the greatest moral challenge humanity has ever faced as it magnifies all forms of global social injustice. Jim Antal argues that it’s time for the church to meet this moral challenge and suggests ways people of faith can reorient what they prize through new approaches to worship, preaching, and other spiritual practices that honor creation and cultivate hope./span
Category: Religion

God Is Green

Author : Robert E. Shore-Goss
ISBN : 9781498299206
Genre : Religion
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At this time of climate crisis, here is a practical Christian ecospirituality. It emerges from the pastoral and theological experience of Reverend Robert Shore-Goss, who worked with his congregation by making the earth a member of the church, by greening worship, and by helping the church building and operations attain a carbon neutral footprint. Shore-Goss explores an ecospirituality grounded in incarnational compassion. Practicing incarnational compassion means following the lived praxis of Jesus and the commission of the risen Christ as Gardener. Jesus becomes the "green face of God." Restrictive Christian spiritualities that exclude the earth as an original blessing of God must expand. This expansion leads to the realization that the incarnation of Christ has deep roots in the earth and the fleshly or biological tissue of life. This book aims to foster ecological conversation in churches and outlines the following practices for congregations: meditating on nature, inviting sermons on green topics, covenanting with the earth, and retrieving the natural elements of the sacraments. These practices help us recover ourselves as fleshly members of the earth and the network of life. If we fall in love with God's creation, says Shore-Goss, we will fight against climate change.
Category: Religion

This Child Of Faith

Author : Sophfronia Scott
ISBN : 9781640600737
Genre : Religion
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Tain Gregory was present in his third grade classroom on the morning of December 14, 2012, the date of the Sandy Hook shootings. As part of the healing process for the community after the tragedy Tain was asked "What's the most important thing in the world to you?" His mother expected an answer about a video game or Pokemon trading card. Tain thought for a moment then answered with one word. "God." Until that moment, Tain's mother had no idea how close to the surface Tain's faith existed for him. This is a fascinating look at the journey of two souls, both Tain's and his mother's, that began with Tain enrolling in Sunday School and led to a strong life of faith for both of them. In This Child of Faith, Sophfronia and Tain share stories, experience and ideas to help parents get to the heart of a question that becomes more perturbing as our world grows ever more complicated: How do you help a child have faith—real faith, something he or she owns and not a regurgitation of something they've heard? How do you create a life space where they can learn to understand what they believe? Tain's stories include early encounters with death and, of course, the shootings at Sandy Hook where he was present in his third grade classroom on the morning of December 14, 2012. Tain is now entering an age where his peers are questioning everything and saying "everything just goes black" when you die, but because of his faith, Tain knows differently. “In this beautiful and timely memoir, mother and son share insights from a family’s spiritual awakening, a journey that led to a deep experience of God and a new way of life in the world. Not only do they offer practical advice on faith formation, but they tackle a difficult question: How does faith prepare us not only life’s joys but for its most shocking tragedies? The answer is deceptively simple: by paying attention to the Spirit and trusting one another. Read this one and weep. And discover the hope of a child.” —Diana Butler Bass, Author, Grounded: Finding God in the World, A Spiritual Revolution “When children begin to ask the big questions in life, many parents feel unprepared. What's more, their own yearning to find meaning, hope, and a deeper faith may be ignited. In this unblinkingly honest and tender work, Sophfronia Scott and her son, Tain, share their journey of faith. From her roots growing up in a large Baptist family in Ohio, to her spiritual curiosity as a Harvard undergrad, to her commitment to honor her young son’s request to attend Sunday School, Sophfronia gently models how to nurture the innate spirituality and faith of a child. In doing so, her own faith grows and deepens as well. And when the trials come, such as the deaths of several people close to her and her family, she is more prepared to help Tain understand and accept these losses. This Child of Faith doesn’t claim to know all the answers, but it serves as a moving testimony to the power of faith when a family embarks upon the journey together.” —Rev. Andrea Raynor, author of Incognito: Lost and Found at Harvard Divinity School
Category: Religion

A Holistic Sense Of Home A Quick Guide To Designing A Better Quality Of Life

Author : Deborah Rae Cerni
ISBN : 1977208126
Genre : House & Home
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"Home is more than a house. It is a sacred location, a place of aspiration and dreams, of learning and habit, of relationships and heart. Home is the geography of our souls." --Diana Butler Bass, Grounded: Finding God in the World; A Spiritual Revolution Transform your daily experiences and more with the holistic design approach in this book. Many of us who want and actively pursue optimal well-being often overlook the pervasive impact of our home spaces. If you feel you may be missing a piece - or peace - for the uplifting lifestyle and the quality of life you want and deserve, you may find it at home. With our daily environments, we set up behavioral patterns and internal responses that can help or interfere with our well-being at every level. Thought leaders such as Deepak Chopra and Dan Buettner of Blue Zones fame have addressed the importance of designing indoor spaces to stack the deck in favor of a happy, healthy life. Big business, institutions, and specialty industries have effectively used many of these principles for decades. This book gives you pragmatic tips and an easy-to-understand framework to apply them at home. Whatever your personal style, A Holistic Sense of Home is an inspiring guide to go beyond fragmented, superficial approaches to your design dilemmas.
Category: House & Home

The Foundations Of Christian Bioethics

Author : Hugo Tristram Engelhardt
ISBN : 902651557X
Genre : Philosophy
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For decades, Engelhardt has alluded to the ethics that binds moral friends. While his 'Foundations of Bioethics' explored the sparse ethics binding moral strangers, this long-awaited volume addresses the morality at the foundations of Christian bioethics. The volume opens with an analysis of the marginalization of Christian bioethics in the 1970s and the irremedial shortcomings of secular ethics in general. Drawing on the Christianity of the first millennium, Engelhardt provides the ontological and epistemological foundations for a Christian bioethics that can remedy the onesidedness of a secular bioethics and supply the bases for a Christian bioethics. The volume then addresses issues from abortion, third-party-assisted reproduction, and cloning, to withholding and withdrawing treatment, physician-assisted suicide, and euthanasia. Practices such as free and informed consent are relocated within a traditional Christian morality. Attention is also given to the allocation of scarce resources in health care, and to the challenge of maintaining the Christian identity of physicians, nurses, patients, and health care institutions in a culture that is now post-Christian.
Category: Philosophy

Controversial New Religions

Author : James R. Lewis
ISBN : 9780199394364
Genre : Religion
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In terms of public opinion, new religious movements are considered controversial for a variety of reasons. Their social organization often runs counter to popular expectations by experimenting with communal living, alternative leadership roles, unusual economic dispositions, and new political and ethical values. As a result the general public views new religions with a mixture of curiosity, amusement, and anxiety, sustained by lavish media emphasis on oddness and tragedy rather than familiarity and lived experience. This updated and revised second edition of Controversial New Religions offers a scholarly, dispassionate look at those groups that have generated the most attention, including some very well-known classical groups like The Family, Unification Church, Scientology, and Jim Jones's People's Temple; some relative newcomers such as the Kabbalah Centre, the Order of the Solar Temple, Branch Davidians, Heaven's Gate, and the Falun Gong; and some interesting cases like contemporary Satanism, the Raelians, Black nationalism, and various Pagan groups. Each essay combines an overview of the history and beliefs of each organization or movement with original and insightful analysis. By presenting decades of scholarly work on new religious movements written in an accessible form by established scholars as well as younger experts in the field, this book will be an invaluable resource for all those who seek a view of new religions that is deeper than what can be found in sensationalistic media stories.
Category: Religion

Family Devotions

Author : Josh McDowell
ISBN : 0842356258
Genre : Religion
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Josh McDowell's Beyond Belief message is the foundation to launch a spiritual revolution among youth. This is a revolution to equip churches and families to raise up a generation of the cross—young people who have been transformed by Christ and the cross, who are empowered to live crossgrain to the culture and are committed to share Christ across all cultures. Sixteen stand-alone products make up an entire family of resources that churches need to launch a church-wide revolution. These products are directed to every age group from 5 to 105, and help equip church groups and families with the tools to lead their children and youth to become transformed, passionate followers of Christ. In this first follow-up to Josh's popular first family devotional, Josh helps parents pray and worship together with their children while grounding them in knowledge of why God is who he is.
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