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Dainty but powerful

Prayer beads are a useful spiritual practice, as long as one knows what to pray while fingering the beads. A good friend of mine sent me a set of prayer beads a few years ago, but because I was stressed, the cord holding the pieces together broke and my inexperience with spiritual practices made the experience a fruitless endeavor.

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Six facets of spiritual thriving

In time, I realized that thinking of the human spirit as the eternal soul poses a similar unsolvable puzzle This approach also requires explaining how, and perhaps when, ensoulment occurs, i.e., how and when a human acquires her/his soul or spirit. Furthermore, this approach creates problems of body-spirit dualism with which theologians, philosophers, and scientists have wrestled unsuccessfully since Descartes. Finally, it’s far from certain that the Christian Scriptures unambiguously support belief in an eternal soul.

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Let us give thanks

Reece Marshburn is a composer and member of St Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Portland, OR. Here he offers a reflection on composing; viewing it as both spiritual practice and piece of belonging to community

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