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A CELEBRATION OF SPRING AND RENEWAL

MAY DAY:

A Celebration of Spring and Renewal

 “It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.”
– Henry James,  Science and Spirituality, page 181…
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Rev. Leland Stewart

Empathy in Jesus’ Function as Model for Human Life

Even though the Christian Bible is filled with Jesus’ acts and words urging selfless behavior and unconditional love towards righteous and sinner alike, I identified an overwhelming emphasis on the virtue of empathy in his model and teachings, even though the word empathy itself has not been mentioned anywhere explicitly in the text but implied: “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1). 540 more words

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On Participating In A Course On Resilience

At the Archdeaconry Conference last week we had a person from LPP Consulting come to talk to us about ‘resilience’. I thought I would share with you some of what was important to me about what he said. 1,169 more words

Walker, "The Labour Party in Scotland"

This month, Palgrave Macmillan releases “The Labour Party in Scotland: Religion, the Union, and the Irish Dimension,” by Graham Walker (Queen’s University).  The publisher’s description follows: 189 more words

Scholarship Roundup

Paramore, "Japanese Confucianism"

This month, Cambridge University Press releases “Japanese Confucianism: A Cultural History” by Kiri Paramore (Leiden University). The publisher’s description follows:

For more than 1500 years, Confucianism has played a major role in shaping Japan’s history – from the formation of the first Japanese states during the first millennium AD, to Japan’s modernization in the nineteenth century, to World War II and its still unresolved legacies across East Asia today. 96 more words

Scholarship Roundup

Idea of Teaching by Skilful Means in Lotus Sutra

Whereas Dhammapada enjoined its readers to “be lamps unto yourselves” and “oneself is one’s own guide”, Lotus Sutra maintains that if one has to attain Lotus Sutra’s meaning, one has to achieve four accomplishments one of which is to “awaken the thought of saving all sentient beings” (p. 638 more words

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The Analogy of Water in Tao Te Ching

In Tao Te Ching, Tao is described as a “deep pool that never dries” (ch.4). In some places, it appears that Tao, though incomprehensible, refers to an Ultimate Reality behind all existence; in other places it appears as a way of life or ‘the highest good’ that individuals are encouraged to inculcate by imbibing the power of the former Tao. 828 more words

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