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June 19, 2020
Editors' Pick
Curated by Keziah Grindeland

As a faith leader and organizer, Barber brings together diverse political coalitions to demand a moral response to this time in history. These quotes, books, video clips, interviews, and articles reflect his profound understanding of how all people deserve respect, autonomy, and power.
Curated by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
 
The gap between the rich and the poor is growing in all societies, and there is also a gap between rich countries and poor countries. As spiritual people, we need to face what it means that this scourge is omnipresent in our times. These resources help us learn how to help our neighbors. 
Streaming on June 20, 2020

This weekend, the #PoorPeoplesCampaign will host a virtual Moral March on Washington. The 2 1/2 hour event will begin Saturday at 10 am EST and again at 6 pm EST, and again on Sunday at 6 pm EST. For more information on how to join and watch the march, visit their website ( june2020.org/ ). We will also be streaming the event on S&P's Facebook page .
Practices
By Micah Bucey 
 
Much power can be packed into a single sentence. Here you will find blessings for the U.S. Supreme Court, those entering difficult conversations, those who are having to change their mind, and more.
By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

Many agencies try to provide assistance to refugees around the world. Yet at any given moment, millions of poor and vulnerable people make their way across borders. These prayer ideas, action suggestions, and videos offer you ways to support them.

More Practices : Father's Day, Summer Solstice, Birthday of Dame Cicely Saunders
E-Courses
By Roger Housden
July 6 - 31, 2020

How do an artist's paintings speak to our perceptions of self, beauty, vision, and meaning? This question fascinates writer and modern-day pilgrim Roger Housden . In this course, he invites us to explore revelations in the works of Emma Amos, Marc Chagall, Katsushika Hokusai, Artemisia Gentileschi, Henri Matisse, Bada Shanran, and more.

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By Wayne Muller
July 6 - 31, 2020

What happens when we are called out of the trance of the familiar into a radically different landscape? How can the skills offered by spiritual traditions, such as the Jewish Sabbath and Muslim Ramadan, inform our way of navigating this new terrain? In this course, we will practice together to turn pandemic-time into a ripening time.

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Streaming Film Releases
By Various Directors

This annual festival from the American Film Institute showcases some of the best documentaries from around the world. This year it is going virtual so that you can see these films from your home. Check out the full lineup here and the ones we are reviewing here (identified as AFI Docs Film Festival). Some of these films are also available from streaming channels. Don't miss Bryce Dallas Howard's Dads for Father's Day weekend and the closing night presentation, Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President , a rollicking documentary about the former president's love of music and hospitality to musicians.
By Judd Apatow

In this off-the-wall dramedy, an immature and irresponsible slacker's world begins to fall apart, pushing him to call to the fore some redemptive character qualities.

More Streaming Releases : Mr. Jones, My Darling Vivian, Parkland Rising, The Pollinators, Runner, Sometimes Always Never, Street Fighting Men, The Surrogate
Books
By Marilyn McEntyre

Dazzling us with the amazing power, variety, and impact of words, McEntyre reminds us that these "instruments of survival" and "acts of stewardship" help us act justly.

More Books : Conversations with the Sacred, A Feast for Hungry Souls
Children's Books
By Christine Evans

This story about making multi-cultural paper-doll chains helps children understand how an inspiration, which may seem small-scale at the outset, can blossom into a phenomenon that transforms hearts, minds, and social interactions around the world.
Teachers
Curated by Keziah Grindeland

Cornel West, often called Brother West, is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. His deep passion for democracy and truth telling shapes his work and shines through these quotes, books, videos, interviews, and articles.

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Blogs
Short & Sweet Spirituality Blog
By Frederic Brussat

"There's something to be said," poet George Witt reminds us, "for sitting still and letting things clear, the way morning fog burns off the lake." Enjoy this wisdom and more in nuggets to carry you through the week.
KidSpirit Youth Voices Blog
By Heer Cheema

Punjab province in Pakistan and India bore the brunt of the subcontinent's division in 1947. For World Refugee Day, we bring you this post about the heartrending losses that the author's grandparents’ generation has sustained as the erosion of the Punjab continues to echo through the years.
Process Musings Blog
By Jay McDaniel

We are learning to see George Floyd’s gasping for breath as, in some sense, our own as well. Perhaps we, too, are running out of air. How can we respond to the current situation and help advance and materialize the breath of life?
Practicing Democracy Project
By William J. Barber

This book tells the story of the birth and growth of Barber's Moral Mondays movement for justice: a way to address sweeping issues of poverty, racism, discrimination, and lack of access to jobs and healthcare. It serves as a reminder to persevere despite obstacles.
From Our Wisdom Archive
Curated by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

Movies often show us characters struggling to survive in dire situations. The films in this collection share the theme that really intense and even terrible situations can become transformative moments in our lives -- apt for the pandemic as well as for floods, racism, unemployment, and more.
A Thought to Carry with You
Bob Dylan's question back in 1962 continues to blow in the wind: "How many deaths will it take 'til [we know] that too many people have died?" This question, asked without expecting an answer, pierces our hearts anew as we face the deaths of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta and George Floyd in Minneapolis. Their deaths at the hands of police officers -- two in a long list of documented murders and part of a much longer list that's less known -- have shaken souls and sparked protests worldwide. When we wake up and realize that too many people have died, each of us asks again what we can do differently now and in days ahead to strengthen understanding and peace in a world fraught with violence.
People with pierced yet resolute hearts, after all, are the ones who dare to protest even during a pandemic and to hold political candidates to account for their stances. A tragedy cannot be entirely senseless when people ask questions about how to use it as an opportunity to bring healing, encourage reconciliation, and restore common sense in public dialogue.

So we awaken by asking questions, and we may find that exclamations wake us up, too. Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, gave a sermon in 2005 with words about the human family that need to ring in our ears now:

"This family has no outsiders. Everyone is an insider. When Jesus said, 'I, if I am lifted up, will draw. . .' did he say, 'I will draw some? I will draw some, and tough luck for the others?' He said, 'I, if I be lifted up, will draw all.' All! All! All! Black, white, yellow; rich, poor; clever, not so clever; beautiful, not so beautiful. All! All! It is radical. All! All are to be held in this incredible embrace. Gay, lesbian, so-called 'straight.' All! All! All are to be held in the incredible embrace of the love that won't let us go."   
 
Blessings,
 
Your Spirituality & Practice Team 
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat 
Patricia Campbell Carlson 
Keziah Grindeland
Sue Tracey