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Spiritual Reading of the Day: David Wolpe on the image of God
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Current E-Courses
Breaking Free: Spiritual Liberation through Interfaith Dialogue with the Interfaith Amigos (registration now open)
Practicing Spirituality with Edward Hays - Lent 2015
Silence and the Spiritual Journey with Thomas Keating

Updates
03/30/15
Civility & Spirituality: The Most Punctual Man In India

03/27/15
Naming the Days: Meister Eckhart Day
Now in Theaters: Man from Reno, The Salt of the Earth, White God

03/26/15
Naming the Days: Walt Whitman Day

03/25/15
Naming the Days: Birthday of Flannery O'Connor

03/24/15
Now on DVD: The Great Invisible, Song One
Naming the Days: Oscar Romero Day

03/23/15
Civility & Spirituality: A Manners Manifesto

03/22/15
Naming the Days: World Water Day

03/20/15
Civility & Spirituality: Inhospitable to Human Beings
Naming the Days: Feast Day of St. Cuthbert
First Day of Spring: 12 Ways to Inaugurate the Season
Now in Theaters: Insurgent, Secret of Water

03/19/15
Naming the Days: Birthday of Sir Richard Burton
New in Books: images of God, 10 perfections of Buddhism, openness, peace, Buddhism in the West, the Internet, wonder, spiritual resilience

03/18/15
Starting Tonight: New Directors/New Films Festival

03/17/15
Now on Blu-Ray/DVD: Daughters of Dolma, Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA, Song of the Sea, Elsa & Fred
Naming the Days: St. Patrick's Day

03/14/15
Naming the Days: Birthday of Albert Einstein

03/12/15
Now in Theaters: Cinderella, Seymour: An Introduction, 3 Hearts

03/10/15
Now on Blu-Ray/DVD: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

03/09/15
Praying the News: For the Oceans and Marine Life

03/06/15
Naming the Days: Jean-Pierre de Caussade Day
Starting Today: Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
Now in Theaters: Chappie, Merchants of Doubt, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

03/05/15
Naming the Days: Karl Rahner's Birthday

03/04/15
Naming the Days: Purim begins at sundown

03/03/15
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Jesus in Philadelphia
Now on DVD: Foxcatcher

03/02/15
Praying the News: For All Victims of Violence and Oppression in 2014
Naming the Days: Birthday of Dr. Suess

02/28/15
New Book Reviews: compassion, negative emotions, eldercare, disordered minds, effwords, philosophy, Ayurvedic diet, contemplative approaches, healing, conscious activism, torture, pesticides, spam, pride, Artemis, recovery, awakening, memoir

02/27/15
Now in Theaters: Bluebird, The Hunting Ground, '71

02/26/15
Civility & Spirituality: Mortality Is a Hot Topic Around the World

02/24/15
Now on DVD: Big Hero 6, Code Black, Cyber-Seniors, Whiplash

02/23/15
New in Children's Books: plugged-in kingdoms, a hungry owl, friendship, creativity, gender issues, a monster of her own, helping toads, a clever use of westerns, a quest for spring, looking good, rain, birds in flight, yearning for a child

02/20/15
Now in Theaters: McFarland USA, Wild Tales

02/18/14
Opening Today: Queen and Country
Ash Wednesday
Naming the Days: Birthday of Sri Ramakrishna
Naming the Days: Birthday of Nikos Kazantzakis

02/17/15
Now on Blu-Ray and DVD: Birdman, The Homesman, Life Itself, St. Vincent, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, The Theory of Everything, Watchers of the Sky

02/14/15
Happy Valentine's Day: Practicing Love

02/13/15
New Book Reviews: jail ministry, Benedictine living, sacred sound, the future of God, faith and psychotherapy, presence of God, hospitality, spiritual leadership, girls of Kabul, the sonic boom, silence, enchanted objects
Praying the News: For Three Muslim Students Killed in North Carolina
In Theaters: The Rewrite

02/11/15
Naming the Days: A. J. Muste Day

02/10/15
Now on DVD/Blu-Ray: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Force Majeure; Kill the Messenger; Lilting; Nightcrawler; Olive Kitteridge; Rosewater

02/08/15
Naming the Days: Martin Buber's Birthday

02/06/15
Now in Theaters: Ballet 422, Lovesick, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine

02/05/15
Body Spirituality: My Face

02/04/15
Naming the Days: Birthday of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

02/03/15
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Embracing Boredom
Now on DVD: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby; Hector and the Search for Happiness; Tricked: The Documentary

02/02/15
Naming the Days: Groundhog Day, Candlemas, Imbolc

02/01/15
Superbowl Sunday: Michael Dwinell's "The NFL and God"
Spiritual Practices for Winter: Days 1 - 7

01/31/15
Naming the Days: Thomas Merton's 100th Birthday
Now available on DVD: Downton Abbey: Season 5

01/30/15
Naming the Days: Mohandas K. Gandhi Day
In Theaters: Timbuktu

01/28/15
New in Books: men, prayers, Judaism, elder wisdom, play, joyful aging, living lightly, fracking, justice, marriage, soul feast, empathy, reverence, politics, yoga, aging church
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Empathy and Reading

01/27/15
Naming the Days: Mozart's Birthday
Now on DVD: The Judge, My Old Lady

01/26/15
Spiritual Literacy Blog: MicroLearning and Mass Attention Deficit

01/24/15
Naming the Days: Birthday of Henri J. M. Nouwen

01/23/15
Now in Theaters: Black Sea, Life Inside Out, Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter, Red Army, Song One

01/20/15
Now on DVD: Life's a Breeze, Lucy, My Winnipeg
New in Books: peace, Earth community, envy, elders, emotions, resilience, the Beguines, awe-filled wonder, poetry, freedom, humility

01/19/14
Praying the News: For New Audiences for Visual and Performing Arts
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: Six quotes to ponder

01/16/14
Praying the News: For the Victims at Charlie Hebdo
Now Showing: Still Alice, Valley of Saints, Northern Borders

01/14/13
Spiritual Literacy Blog: The Universal Reach of Character Development
Now in Theaters: Human Capital
Naming the Days: Albert Schweitzer's Birthday

01/13/15
Now on DVD: Finding Fela!; Gone Girl; Jimi: All Is by My Side; Love Is Strange; Men Women & Children; The Strange Little Cat
Spiritual Literacy Blog: Death of Novelist Robert Stone
Naming the Days: George Fox Day

01/11/15
Naming the Days: Feast Day of Brother Lawrence


 
Words Onscreen

All the religious and spiritual traditions raise up the value of forgiveness yet it remains a difficult and sometimes impossible practice for many people. This is why we need resources on the many ways into forgiveness. In a superb new paperback, Skylight Paths authors and others focus on forgiveness as a journey to freedom, healing, and peace.
Read our review of The Forgiveness Handbook.
Read an excerpt on practicing reverence for yourself.


E-Courses


April 13 - May 8 Breaking Free
Breaking Free: Spiritual Liberation through Interfaith Dialogue with the Interfaith Amigos is a one-month online retreat with Imam Jamal Rahman, Rabbi Ted Falcon, and Pastor Don Mackenzie. They look at specific issues we face in a pluralistic society and the spiritual practices that can help us transcend those roadbloccks to effective collaboration on the critical issues of our time. Through 12 emails, the Interfaith Amigos will focus on why we need spiritual practices, the five stages of interfaith dialogue, the major ways religious traditions stray, and confronting our major obstacles. Participants will have opportunities to interact with the Interfaith Amigos and share their own interfaith experiences in the online Practice Circle and during a one-hour teleconference.

In Progress
Practicing Spirituality with Edward Hays - Lent 2015
Silence and the Spiritual Journey with Thomas Keating
 
S&P Awards

Every year from the more than 300 books and 300 films we review on this website, we choose 50 Best Spiritual Books for adults, 10 Best Spiritual Children's Books, and 45 Most Spiritually Literate Films. Since we only do positive reviews, these are the best of the best.
See our list of the best spiritual book winners
See our list of children's book award winners
See our list of award winners.
 
Words Onscreen

In 2012, more books were purchased online in the U.S. than from brick-and-mortar stores, and a growing number of these were eBooks. Not only is this trend changing the book trade, it is affecting what it means to read. Can you concentrate as well reading from a screen? Do you read some content via digital devices and others in print? A fascinating new book charts what's happening to reading.
Read our review of Words Onscreen.
Read an excerpt on meaning.
 
Being Taoist

Eva Wong describes the Taoist way as "the art of being free and easy wandering." In her poetic and practical guide, she shares Taoist wisdom on living fully in the public, domestic, private, and spirit sectors of life.
Read our review of Being Taoist.
Read an excerpt on contentment.
 
Writing the Icon of the Heart

In this enchanting collection of spiritual essays Maggie Ross reflects on the lost process of "beholding," her appreciation for silence, the art of discretion, ways to reinvigorate worship, and more.
Read our review of Writing the Icon of the Heart.
Read an excerpt on having respect for the Earth.
 
Wearing God

Images of God abound in the Bible, including the familiar rock, shepherd, and vine. But if we follow Jesus' example, we can find metaphors for God in our everyday life.
Read our review of Wearing God.
Read an excerpt on imagining God.
 
Deep Violence

"We are a warring people," writes Joanna Bourke in a new book on how military practices, technologies, and symbols dominate our daily lives. Many citizens would say that the militarization of society is necessary to promote security and to insure freedom. Bourke has other ideas about warfare and military violence.
Read our review of Deep Violence.
Read an excerpt on peace.
 
Between the Dark and the Daylight

Joan Chittister's new book reveals her passion as a meaning-maker who keeps on asking the right questions and sharing her grace-filled epiphanies with us. Uplifting and wise works like this one are why keep reading this extraordinary woman.
Read our review of Between the Dark and the Daylight
See our profile of Joan Chittister in the Living Spiritual Teachers Project
Watch the full episode of Oprah's interview with Sister Joan on Super Soul Sunday
 
Fly While You Still Have Wings

In this uplifting and deeply spiritual memoir, Joyce Rupp pays tribute to her mother Hilda Rupp (1916 - 2000), wife to an Iowa farmer and mother of eight children. It reminds us to count the blessings we have received from a parent.
Read our review of Fly While you Still Have Wings
Read Joyce's poem "The Burial"
 
Soul Feathers

Here’s a radiant new album of spiritual songs laced with beauty, love, and wisdom. On 12 songs and chants, Sandi Kimmel demonstrates how everyday spirituality can be practiced with intention, attention, and joy.
Read our review of Soul Feathers
See the lyrics to "Love Mother Earth"
 
Remembering Spiritual Masters

It is with great sadness that we announce that Marcus J. Borg has gone to his eternal rest. For many people, including us, this progressive Christian theologian enabled us to "meet Jesus again for the first time" and embrace the "God we never knew" of panentheism.

See our profile of Marcus Borg. It includes a biography, quotation sampler, links to our reviews of his books and excerpts from those books, articles, interviews, and more.
See Borg's definition of spirituality.
 
12 Quotes on Creativity

Creativity isn't just about the "arts." It can turn up in some unlikely places. Best of all, creative expression is a way to practice our spirituality.
See the gallery
See all the 12s galleries
 
Climate Change

Climate Change We have seen a shift toward greater climate change awareness as more and more spiritual people have taken on this environmental, economic, and social problem as a central element in our spiritual activism. So we have searched through our resources and come up with a large cross-cut of our best content on this subject: quotes, e-courses, spiritual practices, films, books, organizations, teachers, and memes.
See our topic section on Climate Change
 
100 Best Transformational Movies

100 Best Transformational Movies Transformational movies reveal the astonishing ways in which human beings can be changed and set on a new path. We've curated a list of our favorite films in this spiritual genre. We hope you will use it when making your own movie viewing selections and share it with your friends and family.
See our list of the 100 Best Transformational Movies (pdf file). Clicking on the movie titles will take you to our full reviews.
 
Elder Spirituality Project

Elder Spirituality Elder Spirituality is a focus whose time has come. Traditionally in the world's religions, the last stage of life is seen as a time for intensified spiritual work as well as for passing on wisdom to other generations. In 2013 Spirituality & Practice offered four e-courses for elders, and another one starts in September. Now we are launching a whole new section of the website to provide a wide-ranging selection of curated content on elder spirituality. Read what the time of spiritual elderhood means to us and what spiritual eldering practices do for us. Then explore quotes, practices, books, book excerpts, films, art, teachers, and articles on the spiritual adventure of the last stage of life.
Visit S&P's new section on
Elder Spirituality
.
Praying the News

Praying the News The daily news summons us to prayer. The people, situations, events, facts, and trends of our times call out for our compassion and God's healing presence. In this blog we will pray in a variety of forms as we lift up the needs of the world.
Pray about the news.
 
Circles of Support

Please remember S&P when you are feeling generous! Be part of our global circle of people vitally engaged with the wisdom and practices of the spiritual traditions, living deeper and fuller lives, and serving our communities and the wider world.
Make a gift today.
 
Spiritual Literacy DVDs

This six-volume DVD series, consisting of 26 meditative and soul-stirring half-hour films, is based on Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat's bestselling book Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life. Award-winning filmmaker David Cherniack has married aha! passages from all spiritual traditions to sense-luscious visuals and emotionally vibrant music.
Read more and get group resources
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