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July 17, 2020
Editors' Pick
With Judith Favor
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Please join us for our very first day retreat via Zoom, an opportunity for guided writing, quiet meditation, and group reflection. We will keep a gentle rhythm that includes a two-hour break between two two-hour sessions. Our retreat guide, Judith Favor, is a seasoned spiritual director and Quaker educator who has been guiding people in contemplative writing since the 1970s.

For a 20% discount, you can sign-up for this retreat and Judith's four-week August e-course (see "As It Is: Spiritual Journaling - 2020" below) as a subscription package .

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Practices
Curated by S&P Team

Ways to practice Connections include honoring ancestors, keeping loss in perspective, making eye contact, and developing kinship with animals. Ways to practice Devotion include arrow and flash prayers, contemplative reading, fasting, and meditation. (And much more!)
By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

We've been posting a "Daily Resource for the Pandemic" on S&P's homepage and keeping up an index of these resources. Recent additions include A Pet Vacation, Recalling Unconditional Love, a teaching story about someone selfishly boring holes in a boat, movies about dystopias and survival, a gallery of quotes about patience, and links to video interviews with 40 religious leaders from 15 countries and 7 religious traditions.

More Practices : Birthdays of Amelia Earhart and Gerard Manley Hopkins
E-Courses
By Thomas Moore
August 3 - 28, 2020

How do you look to the bright side of painful moments in life without being unrealistic and naive? This e-course shows you how to fit dark nights into a life of beautiful shades of happiness and sadness. Twelve emailed sessions and two Zoom gatherings explore concrete ways to make sense of dark nights -- even during a pandemic.
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By Judith Favor
August 3 - 28, 2020

One profound and reassuringly helpful tool to foster a sense of unity is spiritual journaling. Through contemplative writing, we get practice in recognizing and responding to our relationship with God, self, others, nature, work, and society just "as it is."

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By the S&P Team
August 9, 2020 - August 1, 2021

For five years, a community of people at all skill levels have been gathering online to explore contemplative photography together. Participants create photos in response to a weekly theme we provide. We encourage an atmosphere of acceptance, mutual support, and delight in the wonders that this artistic medium opens for us.

Join the Year 6 group here:
Streaming Film Releases
Directed by Kitty Green

This stunning study in quiet complicity has at its heart a deeply spiritual question -- specific to sexual harassment -- but also present in many of our perennial social injustices: If the systems perpetuating the power that destroys so many lives are so obviously vile, why do so many of us decide to remain dumb and detached?
Directed by Bora Kim

In this immensely touching coming-of-age drama, a 14-year-old girl in Seoul moves through life like the small bird seeking sweetness wherever she can find it in a world full of setbacks and losses. It helps when her teacher demonstrates a spiritual practice for dealing with sadness.

More Streaming Releases : Aviva, The Truth, Welcome to Chechnya, No Small Matter, Irresistible, Da 5 Bloods

Coming Soon: Crip Camp, Flannery, The Last Tree, My Darling Vivian, The Relic, The Sunlit Night, 2040, Widow of Silence
Books
By Tara Isabella Burton

With energy and panache, Burton dazzles us with her wide-ranging commentaries on the immense transformations taking place in what she calls a post-religion age where culture wars are raging, spiritual anarchy is popping up in strange places, and many yearn to create their own special tribes with a strong and keen sense of belonging.

More Books : The Cornel West Reader, The Language Your Body Speaks, Non-Obvious Megatrends, The Sirens of Mars
Children's Books
By Amyra Leon

This book received a special endorsement by Amnesty International "for reminding us that we are all born free and equal." It follows a free-flowing and exuberant story thread rooted in the love a mother and child share, a love that allows them to ask deep questions about freedom and harmony.

More Children's Books : If We Were Gone

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Blogs
Short & Sweet Spirituality Blog
By Frederic Brussat

"Life moves pretty fast," observes Ferris Bueller in the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off .
"If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." These gems of wisdom from Sufi, Buddhist, Jewish, and other sources can help you discover things you'd otherwise miss.
KidSpirit Youth Voices Blog
By Ameena Naqvi

By embracing creativity and curiosity, scientists have revolutionized discovery through extraordinary achievements like the moon landing. They have made lasting contributions that have changed our perception of the world.
Process Musings Blog
By Patricia Adams Farmer

Donning a mask in public is a form of spiritual etiquette. We greet our masked friends in the silent language of our invisible web: I care about you and you care about me .
Practicing Democracy Project
By Patricia Campbell Carlson

"Do not judge me by my successes," South African political leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela said. "Judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again." Learn about his courageous activities against apartheid and celebrate his birthday by reflecting on his quotes and engaging in a spiritual practice about your own legacy of caring.

More in the Practicing Democracy Project : Anniversaries of the First Lunar Landing and Jackie Robinson's Induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame ; Birthdays of Abraham Joshua Heschel , Will D. Campbell , Clarence Jordan
From Our Wisdom Archive
Curated by Frederic Brussat and Patricia Campbell Carlson

Once you hit bottom and discover the ladder of a Twelve-Step program, you are surely among the most grateful people in the world. On these pages you will find many of the gifts that are part of recovery from addiction, coming to you through books, an e-course, films, quotes, spiritual practices, teachers, and video clips.
A Thought to Carry with You
Religion, in its original root, isn't something you believe; it's how you live. The word comes from the Latin religio , meaning an obligation or a bond. You can think of it as being actively bound or dedicated to certain time-honored values and the guides, sacred texts, and community from which they spring.

But do different religions have shared values from which to draw? The Editorial Committee of the 1993 Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago thought so when they wrote Declaration Toward a Global Ethic and A Call to Our Guiding Institutions . Here is a small piece of that grand document:

"Opening our hearts to one another, we must sink our narrow differences for the cause of world community, practicing a culture of solidarity and relatedness. ... We must strive to be kind and generous. We must not live for ourselves alone, but should also serve others, never forgetting the children, the aged, the poor, the suffering, the disabled, the refugees, and the lonely. No person should ever be considered or treated as a second-class citizen, or be exploited in any way whatsoever. ...."

We know this sacred obligation in our hearts. Let us, then, seek all available means to mold ourselves into the kinds of people and communities who express such sentiments in every thought, word, and deed. Let us be all the fiercer in our commitment when gales blow against us.   
 
Blessings,
 
Your Spirituality & Practice Team 
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat 
Patricia Campbell Carlson 
Keziah Grindeland
Sue Tracey