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Spiritual Life

Spirituality shaped through cultural understandings

Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann finds that social, physical and cultural contexts shape and give meaning to spiritual experiences. Her research compares the religious experiences of Buddhists in Thailand and evangelical Christians in the U.S.

Buddhism inspires a different set of spiritual experiences than evangelical Christianity, and culture makes a significant difference in how people experience spirituality, according to new Stanford research.

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The good news: Christmas means the long wait is over

Ah, Christmas! The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, the presents are set to be given and received, and preparations are underway to be with family.

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Enter the superhero: Finding the God who loves you

In my life-coaching practice, I see a lot of pain. Much of it stems from fear and guilt, often expressed as low self-esteem, anxiety, a lack of forgiveness both for oneself and others, anger – and so on.

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Spiritual Life Briefs

Meditation group meets at Foothills Congregational

A Weekly Meditation Practice group meets 7-8:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

Each session will include the context and instruction in a meditation practice for that week, ample time for practice and opportunities to share with and learn from group participants as they integrate the practice in their daily lives.

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How Christmas can tear you away from Christ

There is a widening fissure between the modern American Christmas and biblical theology. And while I agree with the movement to “put Christ back in Christmas,” that’s not what I’m getting at. I am concerned with the fundamental distortion of grace played out in gift giving.

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