Michele Bachmann: Trump is without a doubt ‘the most biblical president I’ve ever seen’
In remote Appalachia, liberal Christians gather at #WildGoose to pray — and plan
The more Americans know about evangelicals, the less they like them: study
Don't be afraid to use stim toys or other objects while you're meditating. Moving and playing with something doesn't make the practice less mindful, and in fact there's a long tradition behind it: there's a string of beads called a Japamala that is traditionally used in meditation, where the beads are passed through the fingers one by one while repeating a mantra. The beads keep track of the number of repetitions so you don't have to hold it in your mind if you're going for a specific number, but they also help to ground you to the world around you and quiet your mind
Personally, I use a worry stone while I meditate, but don't feel bad using anything you have around, like a stim toy, a chew necklace, a clicking pen, etc. There's nothing wrong with using what you have to stay mindful!
45 years ago today (1974, July 29): First ordinations of women into priesthood of the Episcopal Church took place in Philadelphia.
#Buddhism returns home in a new Japanese form
"Until we change how we think about poverty, politicians of both parties will continue to blame the poor for their problems and pit us against each other." - The Rev. William Barber.
"If the rise in uninformed opinion was limited to impenetrable subjects that would be one thing, but the scourge seems to be spreading. Everywhere you look these days, America is in a rush to embrace the stupid. Hell-bent on a path that’s not just irrational, but often self-destructive. Common-sense solutions to pressing problems are eschewed in favour of bumper-sticker simplicities and blind faith."
US government death penalty move draws sharp criticism https://bbc.in/2Yl2R8K
Patriotism, like religion, meets people’s need for something greater to which their individual lives can be anchored … America’s state religion, [is] patriotism, a phenomenon which has convinced many of the citizenry that “treason” is morally worse than murder or rape. (William Blum)
Mike Pompeo is misrepresenting the Bible to gin up war with Iran
Here’s how the conservative right hijacks religion
"Trump’s frenetic female supporters use the same technique for the same reason. In praising predatory men and attacking outspoken liberal women, they reinforce their devotion to the dominant group, the group they subconsciously fear because it controls their fate: Republican men."
"Capitalism can’t be reconciled with the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth – or so claims the New Testament translator David Bentley Hart. Christ condemned not just greed for riches, but their very possession, and Jesus’ first followers were voluntary communists. With technologized market forces dominating our world, is a truly Christian economics still possible? What, if anything, lies beyond capitalism?"
Jonathan Rowson — Integrating Our Souls, Systems, and Society https://onbeing.org/programs/jonathan-rowson-integrating-our-souls-systems-and-society/
“I was on the House floor on Tuesday,” Father [Patrick] Conroy told CNN, adding that “it felt different than other days. It felt like there was something going on beyond just political disagreement. The energy of the House was very off. No one was relishing what was happening.”