March 9, 2017

What's Happening This Week at

Editors' Pick   

By A. Jean Lesher and Alison Stendahl 

Who wouldn't want to immortalize beautiful faces of friends? But these beautiful faces hold the distinction of wrinkles. You can enjoy both the gallery and the inspiring story of its genesis in the eyes, heart, and mind of Jean Lesher. The gallery's title, of course, is a take-off on A Wrinkle in Time, newly out as a film (see review below).

March 17

These prayers, blessings, and practices in honor of St. Patrick are sure to set all the leprechauns merrily dancin' on your roof ... or at least, we hope, to help lighten your heart as Spring draws near.

More Practices: Honoring Harriet Tubman, Birthday of Albert Einstein  

A new e-course by Ed Bastian, Cynthia Bourgeault, Kabir and Camille Helminski, Rami Shapiro, Mirabai Starr, and Swami Atmarupananda       
April 2 - May 10, 2018

This benefit e-course came about after smoke, ash, and mudslides seriously damaged La Casa de Maria retreat center in California -- and a caring group of highly esteemed interfaith teachers stepped up to help.  

Directed by Sebastian Lelio
Winner of the 2018 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, this moving story explores the cycles of grief experienced by a transgender singer whose partner dies. You will find other Oscar winners among our  2017 Most Spiritually Literate Film awards.

Directed by Ava DuVernay

In this version of the beloved children's classic by Madeleine L'Engle, a young girl faced with saving her father -- and the world! -- has to take risks, trust others, face her fear, and draw upon the strength she gets from, of all things, her faults.

More Films: Black Panther, Mantra: Sounds into Silence  

Directed by Maggie Betts

This sensitive and compelling coming-of-age story takes place in 1964 in a convent where traditional strict and even punishing ways present a bold contrast to the sweeping changes of the Second Vatican Council. As related content, we include lists of books and movies about nuns.
More DVDs: The Breadwinner; Darkest Hour; The Florida Project; Lady Bird; The Man Who Invented Christmas; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Walk with Me; Wonder  

Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer

Environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy and his filmmaker collaborator have teamed up again (after the acclaimed Rivers and Tides) for a meditative documentary exploration of the artist's latest creations. In many of them, he uses his own body as part of the art piece.


By S&P Team

"We need to recognize that we are not the stars of the show," writes Roger Payne. "We're just another pretty face, just one species among millions more." This collection of quotes and pictures of our animal companions helps us remember the wonders of the ones with whom we share this great Earth.

KidSpirit Youth Voices Blog
By Misbah Awan

Many have portrayed the hijab as an ostracizing and anti-feminist sign of oppression, when in reality, its purpose is to de-objectify women and to stand as a symbol of pride in one's religion.

Process Musings Blog
By Jay McDaniel

Faith is not dogmatic belief or blind conviction; it is trust in the availability of fresh possibilities. We need the capacity to be lost in our thoughts, to wander in reverie, and to be out of sync with the constraints of what is.
From Our Wisdom Archive   

By Barbara Ann Kipfer

Here is a gentle reminder from the Buddhist tradition that you can encourage illness to work in your favor by staying calm and freeing yourself from fear. 

A Thought to Carry with You  

It's been an especially tough flu season, and of course flu is not the only illness that besets us mortals. No wonder we sometimes get overwhelmed either by illnesses themselves or by the sheer effort it takes to stay as healthy as we can be.

One way to keep these difficulties in perspective is to be sure we give to recovery the same kind of attention we give to illness. Edward Hays, in Prayer Notes to a Friend, describes recovery as "a time to rejoice." He suggests one of his characteristically witty and surprising practices: Once you recover, hang on to your medicine bottles! He writes:

"After recovery from any affliction, give your old medicine bottles a place of honor on your bathroom sink as a disguised prayer shrine. Let it become a visual bell calling you to prayer: the prayer of gratitude for your health, which is among the most taken-for-granted gifts."

He adds that even when we're well, we can indulge in a "daily tonic of gratitude" that helps continue to boost our vitality. He adds that such prayers of appreciation can be "downright infectious." 
Your Spirituality & Practice Team 
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat 
Patricia Campbell Carlson 
Margaret Wakeley