December 9, 2016

What's Happening This Week at

Editor's Pick   

Directed by Barry Jenkins

One of Most Spiritually Literate films of 2016, this tender portrait of an impoverished and vulnerable black man lets us witness him rising to his full, authentic humanity -- able to stand his ground in the diverse, baffling, and demanding world in which we live.

Each culture has its own way of bringing light to the dark days around the Winter Solstice. The lovely tradition of St. Lucia's Day, December 13, comes down to us from some of the world's happiest people, in Scandinavia.


A new e-course by Roger Housden  
January 1 - 31, 2017

We celebrated the New Year in 2015 and 2016 with a January poetry e-course led by Roger Housden. Both daily, month-long programs were so popular that we are now heading into our third year with all new, vibrant, and inspiring poems. Let your spirits be lifted as 2017 begins! Read more and sign up here: 

Looking for a special, meaningful gift idea? Let your friend or loved one choose his or her own e-course from Spirituality & Practice's large catalog of current and on-demand programs. We have four gift-certificate options available, starting at as little as $21.


Directed by Jaco Van Dormael

This zany, enchanting Belgian fairy tale depicts the difference between the whims of a cantankerous and aggressive God and the wise, merciful, and wildly creative ministry of his daughter.

More Films: Best and Most Beautiful Things

Directed by Chris Kelly

This dramedy takes on the very serious matter of coping with the dying and death of a parent. Tenderly and convincingly rendered, it is distinguished by its use of humor and laughter as stays against death.

More DVDs: Don't Think Twice, Heart of a Dog, The Hollars, Just Eat It, Neither Heaven Nor Earth, The Secret Life of Pets, 1000 Rupee Note,  Saving Mes Aynak

Camino Divina
By Gina Marie Mammano

Inviting readers to try a creative form of walking meditation, Mammano presents adventures based on themes like Amazement, Wildness, Darkness, the Liminal, the Surprising, and the Familiar.

More Books: Finding the Blue Sky, Joy in Every Moment, Reading for the Common Good, The Revenge of Analog 
Children's Books   

By Susan D. Sweet and Brenda S. Miles

Exploring the city with his grandpa, a calm young gorilla shows mindfulness in his appreciation of luscious little details such as savoring a banana or noticing the curves and colors on a ferry ride.


Praying the News Blog
By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

An unprecedented number of trees are dying in California's forests. We pray to realize the trees' life-sustaining value so that we look for ways to protect them from drought, disease, and wildfires.

KidSpirit Youth Voices Blog
By Ryeaan Chaudry

"Just as one act of disrespect can harm someone, one act of appreciation, recognition, or respect can improve relationships and even repair broken ties," this young writer reminds us.

 More blogs: Coexisting with Robots 
Elder Spirituality Project

By Joel H. Baron and Sara Paasche-Orlow

"Most of Torah's teaching is about how to live. But there is a special section within its wisdom that also speaks to us about how to die," writes Arthur Green in his foreword to this collection of 42 end-of-life stories of Hasidic holy men.

From Our Wisdom Archive   

By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

Something handmade which expresses your creativity. A toy, game, joke book, or something whimsical that makes you laugh. Copies of recipes, perhaps family favorites served on a special occasions. Enjoy these suggestions of gifts with meaning attached to them.
A Thought to Carry with You  

Alice Walker, the Pulitzer Prize winning American novelist, short story writer, poet, and activist, writes:

"Do you ever wonder,
old lover of mine,
where so much love comes from?"

It's not the question we normally consider. Maybe we ask where so much suffering comes from. Maybe we ask why we aren't loved more. Maybe we ask what we can do to make life better. But to ask about the world's abundance of love? That's rare. She goes on to say:

"I wonder this often,
because no matter how distressing the world is,
wherever I am,
there never seems to be a shortage of love.
Is this true, as well, for you?"
-- Alice Walker, quoted in WomanPrayers by Mary Ford Grabowsky

This week, keep your eyes and heart open, and see if you can catch glimpses of how Alice Walker could come up with this grand and unusual notion. Perhaps you will even discover that it is, indeed, true for you as well. Or even that much of that wealth of love emanates from you. That could prove to be an inexhaustible source, because in the act of being loving -- and in that act alone -- we get a chance to be the center of the universe, a dignified representative of the true Sun who shines with ceaseless beneficence upon all. 
Your Spirituality & Practice Team 
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat 
Patricia Campbell Carlson 
Darren Polito