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A Cherokee prayer blessing:

"May the warm winds of heaven blow softly upon your house,
May the Great Spirit bless all who enter there,
May your moccasins make happy tracks in many snows,
And may the rainbow always touch your shoulder."

An Apache prayer blessing:

May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries,
May the breeze blow new strength into your being,
May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life."

 

An Apache marriage blessing:

"Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be the shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be the warmth to the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling, to enter into the days of your life together,
and may your days be good and long upon the earth."

Key spiritual topics:

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A collection of very moving brief videos by ONspirit dealing with spiritual topics from a Christian or Jewish perspective

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A selection of four inspiring YouTube videos demonstrating compassion for the earth and its people


bullet God, as viewed by many different religions
 
bulletWhat is spiritual/religious/scientific truth?
 
bulletPeace -- Is it attainable?
 
bulletRecommended books on spirituality, religion and theology

bulletWhy do the South Asian tsunami, New Orleans hurricane, and similar disasters happen?

Religious tolerance:

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Overview. definitions, information, Bible references, information sources, religious cooperation, apologies, etc. <<< A big section

Religious freedom:

bullet The freedom to choose, follow, and promote a religion,

Religious diversity:

bulletReligious plurality (and exclusivism & inclusivism)
bullet Religiously exclusive passages in the Christian Scriptures

bullet Interfaith marriages

bulletLocal groups promoting interfaith dialog

bullet Selecting holy texts from the world's religions for public meditation rooms, personal library, etc.

bullet Religious affiliations -- comparing the U.S. and the world as a whole

Statements of apology for past sins and crimes against humanity:

bullet"Remorse that ends sin" A brief essay by the Christian Science Monitor

bullet Roman Catholic apology for past sins and errors issued 2000-MAR-07

bulletChristian apology to Jews and Muslims for the Crusades

Spiritual Activities:

bullet"Salem Day of Contrition," 1997-JAN-14

bullet"Religious Tolerance Day," Early FEB

bullet"National Day of Prayer," 1st Thursday in MAY
bulletThe National Day of Reason (NDR): An alternative celebration on the same day: Part 1 Part 2

bullet"Sabbath of Support" in Opposition to Racism Late JUN or early JUL

bullet"Day of Remembrance" of the evils of slavery. AUG-24

bullet"International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church" Held in mid-NOV

bulletThe "1000 Lamp Mandala Ceremony for Peace," DEC-10

bulletWorldwide prayer and meditation for peace DEC-31

bulletReconciliation walk: Christian apology to Jews and Muslims for the Crusades

bulletPraying in public schools -- legally

bulletComing of age rituals for many faiths and countries

Personal Statements on spiritual matters:

bulletGeneral observations on religion by a religious liberal

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By Bill McKeen:

bulletDeclaration of Peace: A Neopagan statement of personal commitment to peace.

bulletSpiritual Freedom Pledge

bulletBeware the advent virus: Christian thoughts on joy, tolerance, and peace.

bulletThe Affirmation of Acknowledgment: A statement of interfaith tolerance

bulletStatement by President Clinton on Religious Liberty (1995)

bulletA Thanksgiving statement

bulletQuotes: religious, philosophical & humorous

bulletA vision of religious diversity and tolerance

Stuff that is fun and interesting:

bulletA word list of world religions

bulletHumorous quotes from church bulletins and similar sources

bulletInspiring messages, cartoons, sculptures, sayings, etc. Part 1  Part 2

bullet Other funny messages, cartoons, sayings, etc. Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4     Part 5

bulletQuotes by children:
bulletAbout religion

bulletAbout love

bulletHandling priorities in life

bullet A 16 question quiz to test your religious knowledge

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Other related menus & essays at this site:

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Some thought-provoking messages, cartoons, sayings, etc:  

Part 1    Part 2     Part 3     Part 4   Part 5     Part 6     Part 7   Part 8
Part 9    Part 10   Part 11   Part 12  Part 13   Part 14


bullet Inspiring messages, cartoons, sculptures, sayings, etc. Part 1  Part 2

bulletThe concept of sin

bulletReligious diversity among the crew of the space shuttle Columbia

bulletBooks on spirituality, theology and religion

bullet"Cults" and New Religious Groups (most are quite harmless)

bulletCooperation and conflict motivated by religious diversity in North America

bulletReligious Laws
bulletThe national motto: "In God We Trust."

bulletReligious information (membership data, calendars, church attendance...)
bulletMarriage 

bullet The use of prayer instead of medical treatment

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"An allegory about religious humility & cooperation -- You supply the ending" by Susan Humphreys


bulletConclusions: which is the "true" denomination or religion; where did we come from; where are we going after death, and other really fundamental questions

Find a faith group which matches your beliefs:

bulletThe Belief System Selector by SelectSmart.com asks you 20 questions and then tries to match you up with the religion(s) that most closely suit your beliefs, whether it be secular humanism, Unitarian Universalism, liberal Quakers, Neopagan, Buddhist, Taoism, Hinduism, Easter Orthodox. etc.
bulletSelectSmart.com also has dozens of similar selectors, each dealing with a single religion or spiritual path.
bulletThe Beliefnet quiz: "What is your Spiritual Type?" It finds out whether you are a skeptic, spiritual dabbler, questioning believer, confident believer, or another spiritual type.
bulletAdversarian has created a quiz titled What religion best suits you?" It is a tongue-in-cheek series of ten questions that is fun to take, although is probably not too accurate.

Good hunting!

Find a life-partner who matches your beliefs:

Soulmatch a service of Beliefnet, is designed to match you to another person who shares your values, aspirations, spirituality, sense of justice, etc.

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Beliefnet is a multifaith e-community designed to help you meet your own religious and spiritual needs -- in an interesting, captivating and engaging way. They are independent and are not affiliated with a particular religion or spiritual movement.

You can choose from among:

bulletTen newsletters that deal with "tools for living."
bulletEight dealing with "religious wisdom" from a variety of faiths.
bulletFive dealing with "Inspiration."



External Links

  1. A group of essays prepared by Sociology classes at the University of Virginia lists many unusual faith groups. See: http://www.religiousmovements.org 
  2. The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Affairs of the U.S. government issues an annual report on religious freedom around the world. The 1997-JUL-22 report, "United States Policies in Support of Religious Freedom: Focus on Christians" is at: http://www.usia.gov/topical/rights/religion/religion.htm
  3. Jewish-Christian Relations site contains statements on Jewish-Christian Relations from Conservative Jewish, Ecumenical, Joint Christian-Jewish, Other Groups Protestant, Roman-Catholic groups, as well as one statement in opposition to interfaith cooperation. See: http://www.jcrelations.com/
  4. A New Millennium's Resolution proposed a resolution for the year 2000 (or perhaps 2001) recognizing humanity's link with the environment. See: http://www.redshift.com/~wsandtt/
  5. Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota Nation sponsors a worldwide day of prayer for global healing on the summer solstice. They occur about JUN-21 each year. See: http://www.worldpeaceday.com/
  6. My Sacred Journey "...helps you follow your life destiny path to love, joy, fitness, happiness, and a sense of spiritual enlightenment. " The offer free memberships and newsletters. See: http://www.mysacredjourney.com/
  7. Online Silence for Religious Tolerance, 1999-NOV-30 at: http://www.angelfire.com/
  8. Churches ad hoc, a photo essay which gives an offbeat look at churches in America.

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Latest update: 2013-AUG-31
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