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Topic: Requests For Religion
 
 
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"Bring spirituality into everyday life"
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Topic: Requests for Religion


Bring spirituality into everyday life

Connect spirituality and society. Defend the existence of spirituality and the sacred in everyday life. Help solve the problems of this world, based on the distinctive insights and approaches of your tradition. Actively address urgent social issues and work for just conditions, not just relief of needs.

Religions have ceded the operation of society to the modern religion of materialism, retreating into private havens for community and meaning. But they contain a storehouse of wisdom that is needed in daily life. Finding personal salvation or happiness in isolated enclaves is insufficient.
Both the spiritual institution and participants in it are accountable for bringing their spiritual experiences and views into their practical life. Religious institutions should hold participants accountable for what they actually do in their work and leisure. 
 

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How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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"Share insights and core truths with the public"
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Topic: Requests for Religion


Share insights and core truths with the public

Share the unique, core truths (as opposed to ideology) in your traditional texts, customs, and beliefs. Make them accessible to the public and available to anyone who might be interested. Disclose the special insights of your organization on their own terms (as opposed to the imposition of authority). Be as open and inclusive as possible (without diluting special, unique insights).

Truth is universal. Every truth can be applied to any person or situation. Wisdom should not be hoarded. Religions are our common birthright, and belong equally to everyone. They are storehouses of wisdom, from which we may draw our own portion.
What special truths does your religion offer? How can this be shared with those who are not participants in this tradition or have no knowledge of it?
 

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How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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"Support all other local religious organizations"
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Topic: Requests for Religion


Support all other local religious organizations

Have knowledge of and respect for other religions and ways of life. Collaborate helpfully with other religious groups and organizations.
Establish a place for all other religious groups, within your community. Share your unique insights, with the goal of building a common framework for a larger spiritual community. Join with other churches in practical social action.

Explore the insights and strengths of other religions, churches, sects and ways of life. Find out how you agree, rather than on how you differ. Focus on what is good in each organization, not what is harmful.
Do not claim that your views are the only correct ones. Do not claim that your system is the only way to achieve happiness.
 

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How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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"Direct experience and knowledge of central truths"
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Topic: Requests for Religion


Direct experience and knowledge of central truths

Present the core truths of your spiritual tradition not as dogma to be accepted, but as insights to be experienced.
Encourage participants to find out these truths by free, independent thought.
Religion is first and foremost a way to share spiritual insights. Tradition is secondary.
Reduce authoritarian or hierarchical practices. Repudiate unthinking obedience to leaders or traditions.

 

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How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
Opinion added by
Visionary {name_l}
on August 26, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
Conclusion
Ask the impossible question!
Which Requests are relevant or useful to you? How can they help build better, more humane, more meaningful religion?


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