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Theodore Parker: Early Religious and Social Reformer.

Although relatively unknown today, Theodore Parker, who lived in the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War, was an American whose life exerted a tremendous influence upon his own times, and whose thought and actions still reverberate at the very heart of modern day issues. In one speech, Parker used the phrase, “A democracy […]

A Few Notes on Happiness

What is happiness? Ask a thousand people, and you’ll probably get a thousand different shades of answers. Happiness for many means the dream job, or perhaps the freedom to have no job at all; the dream boy or girl friend; a lot of money in the bank; vacations to exciting places, perfect health, and the […]

Civil War – A Spiritual Crossroads

In 1851, Harriet Beecher Stowe was living with her husband on the campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, when she began writing “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, the book that would become instrumental in galvanizing public opinion around the slavery issue just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. She wrote: “Up to this year, […]

The Coming American Cataclysm

It has been said there is a cyclical 30-year or generational cycle in American history, evidenced by a return to the original ideals and dreams of the Republic. In the 1930’s, we saw the emergence of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, which followed years of rampant capitalism and the crash of the Stock Market in 1929, […]

America & The World – A New Spiritual Civilization Being Born

Amid the fracturing of identities around the world, and the descent into political and social chaos here at home in America, a new world is being born. Seeds of a great new spiritual civilization are sprouting everywhere – in this place, in that place, in common circumstances, like the distant crowing of a cock before […]

Amid the Chaos, A New World Emerging

Amid all the chaos, upheaval, and division we see all around us – the wars, pandemics, hatreds and loss of hope infecting the globe – a new world is struggling to be born. It is the compassionate heart of the universe itself coming to fruition and bloom. What we are heading for is the dawning […]

The Youth of Today and Religion

In talking to the youth of today, you find a growing number who do not want anything to do with religion. Why? Growing up, they have experienced first hand what our mainline religions stand for, and what impact they have upon their lives and upon the world, and they are distancing themselves from what they […]

Hiroshima. The Bomb. Another year.

Hiroshima.  August 6th, 1945.  Another year gone by.  A watershed event in human history. The Bomb is as real and alive as ever, nuclear weapons, nuclear technology, nuclear threats spreading insidiously, silently, around the world. This is the world we live in, and still we bury the truth about the Bomb, we shut off its […]

The Real Size of the Universe & Of Our Own Individual Lives.

Carl Sagan, astronomer, astrophysicist, and co-author of the award-winning television series, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage”, once wrote in another of his books, “Pale Blue Dot”, the following passage: “How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, ‘This is better than we thought!  The universe is much bigger than our […]

Soka Gakkai International – New Religious Kid on the Block