I am finding Albert Bandura has a very useful model for identifying the mechanisms of moral disengagement. Indeed, when I consider the current crisis of refugee children being removed from their parents, I can say I’ve seen plenty of examples of all four major mechanisms and their subtypes coming into play already. The following examples … Continue reading How do good people do bad things and still live with themselves?
The sacralisation of space is an important aspect of ritual within Nature religions. In the New Testament though, we are told that we who are in Christ are the temple of the Holy Spirit; that we are the temple with Jesus as the foundation stone. In other words, we ARE sacred space. We sacralise whatever … Continue reading Sacralising Space
East Midlands Forest Church have graciously allowed me to share these reflections from a Winter Solstice Ceremony they ran some years ago. I am choosing to publish it now in June, as while they are now approaching midsummer in the UK, we are approach midwinter here in Australia so it's now that it's more seasonally … Continue reading Winter solstice with East Midlands Forest Church
A Prayer of Thanks for the Four Elements (written by Talitha Arnold, with ideas from the Children of United Church of Santa Fe.) A Prayer for Air: We thank you, God, for the gift of air – For cool breezes and brisk winds that refresh us, For blue skies and crystal clear nights, For the … Continue reading A Prayer of Thanks for the Four Elements
On the night of his arrest, Jesus prayed, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me … Continue reading Are we an answer to the prayer of Jesus?