Prayer is Friendship

Prayer is firstly about getting ourselves out-of-the-way. We don’t have to wait for God to come he is present within us. But our inner world is often full of worries, fears, ideas, plans, tasks, all clanging and bumping into each other. We need to get these onto paper and out-of-the-way. Prayer is simply friendship with God and friendship requires two-way communication

Religion As Reality Avoidance

American shame researcher Brené Brown describes the current generation of adults as “the most obese, in debt, medicated and addicted adults in human history”. I don’t think I know many people who would seriously disagree with that assessment.

Prayer is Friendship

Prayer is firstly about getting ourselves out-of-the-way. We don’t have to wait for God to come he is present within us. But our inner world is often full of worries, fears, ideas, plans, tasks, all clanging and bumping into each other. We need to get these onto paper and out-of-the-way. Prayer is simply friendship with God and friendship requires two-way communication

In the Name of God: Reflections on Bullying and Religion by Nicole Conner

Perhaps one of the most common forms of bullying is in faith communities themselves. Those deemed spiritual leaders can suggest various things from a place of ‘spiritual authority’ that really is a form of bullying. Most often, both sides believe they have God on their side and therefore the despicable behaviour and/or words are justified. Religious bullies often think themselves as ‘prophetic’, bearers of the truth, and apart from feeling persecuted, they are generally angry with this ‘wicked’ world.

Our obsession with youth and our disconnection with death by Lisa Hunt-Wotton

We live in a society that adores, worships youth. It leaves no place for ageing, multigenerational honour or death. Whilst other cultures embrace, normalise and ritualise the death experience, we in the Western world do everything we can to distance ourselves from it.