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September 13, 2019
Editors' Pick
By Jon M. Sweeney
September 30 - October 25, 2019

In this e-course about the distinctive Franciscan approach to spirituality, we will look at the trajectory of St. Francis's life of conversion: from privileged son and party-goer, to penitent and self-educated hermit, to founder of a spiritual movement focused on helping people discover the joy and love of God in their lives. The e-course includes practical pointers for personal reflection, practice, and action.

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Practices
By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

From balancing light and dark, to letting go, to acknowledging impermanence, autumn has much to teach us. For our southern hemisphere friends, here are ways to celebrate Spring .

More Practices : Isadora Duncan Day, Birthday of Greenpeace, Feast Day of Hildegard of Bingen, Dag Hammarskjold Day, Birthday of Upton Sinclair, and more!
Spiritual Direction
Spirituality & Practice in partnership with Stillpoint

Many times it's helpful to have a person join you on your journey to wholeness. This new program offers you an introductory package of three one-hour sessions with a spiritual director, someone who encourages you to explore a deeper relationship with the spiritual dimensions of human existence by telling your own sacred story.

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Films
By Michael Tyburski

A "house tuner" is doing research on how things -- from a household toaster to the city of New York where he lives -- are alive. His capacity to respect objects and aural landscapes is beyond doubt, but what does it all mean if he has trouble connecting on a personal level with other human beings?

More Films : Aga, Alternative Endings, Becoming Nobody, Blinded by the Light, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, Los Reyes, Luce, Official Secrets, One Child Nation, The Nightingale, Scary Stories, The Sound of Silence, Tigers Are Not Afraid
DVDs
By Thomas Stuber

A surprisingly mesmerizing film about a stock handler, new to his job in a huge supermarket, who encounters kindness and tenderness from his coworkers, whether he's learning to use the forklift, raiding food from throw-away bins, or discovering his feelings of love for the woman working across the aisle from him.

More DVDs : Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story, The Biggest Little Farm, Booksmart, The Brink, The Front Runner, The Gospel of Eureka, Hesburgh, Mary Magdalene, The River and the Wall, Woman at War
Television
Directed by Ken Burns

You can dance to it; you can cry to it. County music has something in it for everyone. Emmy-award-winning American filmmaker Ken Burns explores the remarkable stories of the people and places behind a true American art form. Tune in or stream this eight-part, sixteen-hour series on PBS starting Sunday, September 15.
Books
By Neil Douglas-Klotz

The editor of this series offers this tribute to the Lebanese poet and mystic: "He navigated a very difficult and conflicted life, harvesting gems of insight and creativity that continue to inspire us more than a hundred years later."

More Books : Mindful Travelling, The Norton Book of Travel, The Spiritual Gifts of Travel, A Taste for Travel
Children's Books
By Isabelle Simler

From whales and robins to hedgehogs and ants, Simler mingles bright, warm colors with dark backgrounds to capture attention yet soothe tired minds. Along the way, children are drawn not only toward sleep but toward a deeper kinship with animals.

More Children's Books : Just Like Rube Goldberg, When You Are Brave
Arts

Visit a gallery of breathtaking scenery of National Parks and Monuments from Acadia to Zion, and practice Visio Divina , the art of close observation that yields insights and inspiration (instructions included).
Blogs
KidSpirit Youth Voices Blog
By Will Hodgkinson
 
"A shimmering pool of knowledge;
Scintillating wisdom —
foraged from 85 fecund years

"From pasting together the fragile balsa strips
of model plane ..."  
Praying the News Blog
By Patricia Campbell Carlson
 
Amazonia, often called "the Earth's lungs," has seen a record number of forest fires this year. This prayer of intention expresses the desire to preserve and restore the region and offers some practical suggestions for doing so.
Process Musings Blog
By Patricia Adams Farmer
 
Uncertainty is a rich and fertile area for nurturing meaning and enthusiasm ... even hope itself. In the spaciousness of uncertainty we come face to face with our authentic freedom to act, to make a difference to God and to the world.   
Teachers
By the S&P Team

An author, educator, and theologian, Thurman was heralded for his pioneer work in race relations and his role as a spiritual advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here you will find book and film reviews, prayers, and quotes to freshly inspire you with his wisdom and vision.
Practicing Democracy Project
By Patricia Campbell Carlson

On September 25, 1957, troops were called in to protect nine black students facing angry segregationists' attempts to keep them from attending a newly integrated high school. Video reflections and a practice based on the pioneering advocacy of Marion Wright Edelman help you bring this history into your present-day understanding and actions.
By Julia Davis and the S&P Team

This book club contemplating America's past and possibilities is now available for you to schedule at your own pace. Through engaging narratives, humor, cultural criticism, and spiritual wisdom, these books implicitly urge us as readers to keep alive what American author John Steinbeck called that “stumbling-forward ache.” Learn more and sign up:
Practicing Democracy Project Films
By Janice Engel

As we watched the extraordinary life of this political pundit, champion of the people, successful columnist, and best-selling author, we marveled at her vision of journalism as a high calling when it speaks out against the principalities and powers that keep people down.

More Practicing Democracy Films : American Factory , Give Me Liberty
Practicing Democracy Project Books
By Steven Pearlstein

In this hard-hitting and disturbing book, Pearlstein presents a cogent overview of capitalism during the 1980s when the slogan "Greed is Good" was widely embraced and put into action in the business community.

More Democracy Books : 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro, The Poisoned City, The War on Normal People
Elder Spirituality Project
Directed by Simon Hunter

An 80-year-old woman who laments unlived dreams comes across a dusty postcard from her father who years ago had invited her to climb Mount Suilven in Scotland. She decides to embark on this daunting challenge now and comes face-to-face with the terrors and mysteries of her private pilgrimage.
From Our Wisdom Archive

Why are we so concerned about how much time we have (or don't have), what to do with our time, and how to get more time for what's important to us? Perhaps the first step toward understanding our relationship to time is to reflect upon its many meanings, as these quotes from varied sources allow us to do.
A Thought to Carry with You
In the Tao Te Ching , Lao-Tzu reminds us that the world is sacred, complete:

"Tamper with it:
You'll ruin it.
Treat it like an object:
You'll lose it."

Imagine the bloodshed, heartbreak, and ecological mayhem we humans could have averted if we had steadily listened to this kind of guidance throughout history. Every day we have a fresh chance to put such wisdom into action, but how can we avoid tampering and still get our needs met?

Part of the answer lies in noticing fluctuations in the tides of our lives without feeling obliged to control them. "To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven," the wise author of Ecclesiastes tells us. So these further words of Lao-Tzu may sound familiar to you:

"a time for being ahead, 
a time for being behind; 
a time for being in motion, 
a time for being at rest; 
a time for being vigorous, 
a time for being exhausted; 
a time for being safe, 
a time for being in danger."

Can you see these varying times in your own life? In the organizations with which you're connected? In the affairs of nations? This week, cultivate an ability to yield when yielding is called for and to stand strong when strength is required. There is great wisdom in letting the right time for every purpose under heaven reveal itself.

Blessings, 
Your Spirituality & Practice Team 
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat 
Patricia Campbell Carlson 
Margaret Wakeley 
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