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  1. Weddings: Religious or Vapid?

    I just came back from the wedding of a young couple. Like many witnessed by members of the Forge, most weddings that I see or officiate at are not traditional church or synagogue rituals but more in the do-it-yourself genre: self-created, original, and trying to express the values and aspirations of the young couple.

    This young couple was among the many who have been alienated from the religious traditions. They had fallen away from their natal faiths in their teens, one from Catholicism, ...

    Updated 10-08-2010 at 12:20 AM by Bob-ji

    Spirituality & Relationships
  2. Of Netti-pots and Spiritual Lives

    I have a Netti Pot. It's a device that spritzes saline solution into your nasal passages. I use it to keep my throat clear for singing, but it also cleans away allergies, cold germs and general assorted gook. It is amazingly effective: works like a charm!

    Never heard of it? I'm not surprised. Until my good-hearted dentist mentioned it, I never had either. That's because it is not advertised in major newspapers. Has no TV ads. Is not promoted or product placed on TV or movies. ...
  3. On Being Married or Not

    My daughter, thirty something, recently got married. Beautiful ceremony. Almost two hundred guests on our back yard. Luckily, we actually like the husband.

    My friend David has a thirty something daughter too. She and her beau have been together for about as long as my own daughter has, and they are in a committed relationship. But they have decided not to get married. No ceremony. No guests. Not even a ceremony at the town office with some unnamed justice of the peace. ...

    Updated 07-27-2010 at 10:54 PM by Bob-ji

    Spirituality & Relationships , Sane Spirituality
  4. Of Honor, Responsibility and a Hat

    The scene: I'm in a line of 230 graduating Ph.D.ís and 17 others who, like me, are being given Doctor Honoris Causa, honorary doctorates from the University of Lund, Sweden. We're walking in a long snaking procession into into the enormous romanesque Lund Cathedral, where the graduation ceremonies are to be held. Two by two we walk, behind men and women in brass buttoned ancient military outfits bearing banners and flags, and behind darkly robed priests. Most of us wear tuxedos and tails, which ...

    Updated 07-22-2010 at 03:32 PM by Bob-ji

    Spirituality & Relationships , Sane Spirituality