Altruism is good for you. Caring for and about other people is good for you. Loneliness is stressful, and can give rise to those self-critical thought spirals as you lie awake at 4am. The solution? Spend more time creating connection and meaning.Continue reading
Rise of the Nones
Interesting article by Adam Gabbatt in The Guardian exploring how the pandemic has accelerated a trend of church closures in the US:
Losing their religion: why US churches are on the decline
“As the US adjusts to an increasingly non-religious population, thousands of churches are closing each year – probably accelerated by Covid”
Old Maps No Longer Work
A poem about maps and paths and stars that was shared in a thread on Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg’s Substack, Life is a sacred text.Continue reading
What is religion for?
Knocking on doors
Fascinating article in The Guardian about two guys who started out atheist comedians and ended up becoming Christians with a priestly vocation. I’m including it here because it shows how changing paths is a very gradual process, not usually a sudden change, and that sometimes these changes are quite insidious and hard to resist.
I like the metaphor of rooms in your life that change when the Divine enters them.
Content warning for people who have recently left Christianity: you may find the article distressing.Continue reading
Metaphors for religion
It can be helpful to look at religion metaphorically, because that gives us a different perspective on it than one that is merely focused on beliefs, or even values. Useful metaphors for religions include software, cookery, dancing, music, radio receivers, ex-partners, color schemes, trees, landscapes, river systems, underground root systems or rhizomes, and cities.Continue reading