Inspiration

Green Congregations

Faith Groups Join in Preserving All Creation by Avery Mack The simple act of switching on a bulb can light a room; preaching that humans are caretakers of the Earth can enlighten a community. “How are we faithful to God’s creation?” asks Diana Butler Bass, Ph.D., author of Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution, in Alexandria, Virginia. “The ... Read More »

A New Understanding of Prayer

by Rev. Sylvia Sumter What makes us a whole person? It has been said that we are spirit, mind and body—a threefold being. Yet, how much time and attention do we devote to each facet of our nature? It is safe to say that for the most part, we are aware of and perhaps even consumed with the notion of ... Read More »

Heaven Within

by Wayne Dyer Heaven is a state of mind, not a location, since Spirit is everywhere and in everything. You can begin making a conscious decision to look for the unfolding of Spirit in everything and everyone that you encounter. I personally do this by making an effort to look upon my world as if I were observing it through ... Read More »

The Adventure of Couchsurfing

Stay with Locals and Make New Friends  by Lisa Rosinky Daniel Sperry, a “couchsurfer” in his late 50s, decided a few years ago to quit his day job and make a living by performing cello music and reciting poetry in living rooms across the country. “I didn’t know it would become a catalyst for bringing communities of local people together,” ... Read More »

Pink Socks

by HawaH Right before the not guilty verdict was released in the Ferguson case, I was staring at a laundry basket filled with dirty clothes. Instinctively, I wanted to separate the coloreds from the whites. Somebody a long time ago told me I shouldn’t mix them together. Is that such a bad thing or am I overanalyzing? Should I mix the coloreds ... Read More »

Amma, the Hugging Saint, comes to D.C.

She is called Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, Mother of Immortal Bliss, or many people just know her as Amma, or Mother. Although she was born and raised in India, Amma doesn’t subscribe to any particular religion. She says that her religion is love. This summer will be Amma’s 19th visit to the Washington, D.C. area. Her programs are free and will ... Read More »

Rethinking Breast Health

Triumph Over the ‘Big C’ by Lisa Marshall When Sandy Messonnier was diagnosed with breast cancer, she faced scary treatment decisions as doctors pressured her to consider all means available. “I was more afraid of the treatment than the cancer itself,” says Messonnier, 52, of Plano, Texas. “I kept feeling like I was being lumped into one big category of ... Read More »

Nature’s Wisdom

It’s Lessons Inspire, Heal and Sustain Us by Christine MacDonald “The environment is not separate from ourselves;we are inside it and it is inside us; we make it and it makes us.” ~ Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, Amazon shaman While the idea that we humans stand apart from—or even above—nature is a prevailing theme in much of modern civilization, naturalists and ... Read More »

Healing Journeys

Paul Stutzman Finds Universal Truths on His Treks by Randy Kambic Paul Stutzman was a successful executive with a family restaurant chain and a happy father and husband married for more than 30 years when his wife, Mary, passed away from breast cancer in 2006. Questioning his faith as to why this happened, Stutzman quit his job to hike the ... Read More »

Mindfulness with Horses

by Grace Ogden Horses and people evolved together over millennia. Though commercial uses largely overwhelm this ancient friendship, horse whispering is the subject of such films as Buck and related practices are taught across North America. At Nobodaddy Farm, two hours north of Washington, D.C. in Palmyra, Pennsylvania, a band of rescued and whispered-to-health horses regularly tutors human beings in compassionate power ... Read More »