Spiritual Life

Start something great by ringing in the new year with prayer

There is a tradition, which I’m told originates in the Midwest, that calls for people to pray in the new year. A few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house and a number of people stayed up until midnight (approximately two hours past my bedtime, so I prayed a bit less coherently than usual) and we prayed in the new year.


Spiritual Briefs

Christ Episcopal hosts art history lecture

Christ Episcopal Church has scheduled an art history lecture, “Rethinking the Oriental Carpet in Early Renaissance Paintings,” 5 p.m. Saturday in the church’s sanctuary, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos.

Art historian Lauren Arnold of the Ricci Institute at the University of San Francisco will discuss new research and show Renaissance paintings.


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.


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.


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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