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A Prayer for a Quirky New Year: Happy 2014!

By Jennifer Schwarz | January 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Harvest of Quirkiness (CLICK HERE for HD version on VIMEO) Gracious God, how can creation sing your praises, except with the red wings of blackbirds flashing across blue sky, and the croak and splash of frogs playing hide-and-seek in the ponds? How can the firmament proclaim your handiwork, except in the wagging tail of…

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Jesus Didn’t Give a Rip about Heaven

By Jennifer Schwarz | December 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

There’s no small amount of confusion around the notion of heaven and the Kingdom of God. Much of it probably derives from the Gospel of Matthew. Matthew writes to a Jewish audience for whom the word “God” is unutterable, so he changes “Kingdom of God” to “Kingdom of Heaven.” In the Gospels according to Mark…

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Painting the Stars: Science, Religion, & an Evolving Faith

By Jennifer Schwarz | December 6, 2013 | 2 Comments

The first reviews are in and Living the Questions’ new Painting the Stars series is receiving kudos as the new catalyst for dynamic and liberating conversations  about the communion of science and faith — all around the world. Featuring over a dozen leading theologians and progressive thinkers, the seven-session program explores the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality…

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Chlorophyl as Religious Experience

By Jennifer Schwarz | August 31, 2013 | 2 Comments

“I remember as a child first learning about photosynthesis. That was truly one of the biggest ‘Aha’ moments I have ever experienced. To realize that plants have these amazing chlorophyl molecules that are somehow able to transform the energy of sunlight into food…to realize that all the oxygen we breathe on our planet is created…

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Horizontal Transcendence

By Jennifer Schwarz | November 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

In a reflection reminiscent of Emerson’s appeal to see in every fair flower a “wayside sacrament,” Philip Clayton urges the seeker to not miss the miracle of every moment: “Do not, in your rush to find ultimate meaning and the ground of all being, neglect the transcendence that lies around you like a miracle at…

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