Sunday Respite – The meaning of the Spring Equinox

This week we celebrated the Spring Equinox. For my Sunday Respite I chose “The Meaning of of the Spring Equinox.”  The notes say “An inspiring journey, set to beautiful music, into the history and current significance of the Spring Equinox”

I invite you to explore a relationship with the Christian tradition and many ancient and present religions, and their commonality. Among the Roman Catholic church and Protestant denominations, Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after MARCH-20, the nominal date of the Spring Equinox.

I offer you this video when you have some time for self-reflection, and then the links below for your consideration.

Belsebuub & Angela Pritchard from Belsebuub expand upon the symbolic and spiritual significance of this time.

“…Throughout the world, the spring equinox is a time of great confrontation between the forces of darkness and light, in the death and resurrection of the central deities of sacred teachings throughout the world.

“It symbolizes what an initiate goes through in a definitive and important stage of self-realization, where the struggle between darkness and light creates the opposition needed to attain immortality. This is symbolized by the dark half of the year on one side of the spring equinox sun, and the light half of the year on the other…

The streets of Leeds, U.K. Do we want this here? It’s out of control

A chilling clip that for tells our future. Where are the women? Just asking.

The streets of Leeds, UK as Islam is demonstrated in full force. Do we want this here? It is claimed this clip is from Leeds. I checked the news from Leeds, and it seems probably. This is not to imply the two stories are related. Other news today from Leeds?

Huddersfield child sex offences inquiry police charge 29

Twenty-nine people have been charged with historical child sex offences.

The 27 men and two women are accused of numerous offences including rape, sexual activity with a child and child abduction, said West Yorkshire Police.

All 29 have been bailed and are due before Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court on 12 April, said the force.

Sunday Respite – ‘How Great Thou Art’

For this Sunday I chose one from the Piano Guys. This one is part two of their 7 piece collection they did of going around the world with some extraordinary locations. Have a wonderful day.

The Mission / How Great Thou Art – The Piano Guys (Wonder of The World 2 of 7)

Sunday Respite – ‘Let Freedom Ring’

U.S. Marine band performs Ryan Nowlin’s “Let Freedom Ring.” “The Presidents Own®” U.S. Marine Band®.  Wishing everyone a great day.

Army puts Muslim Cleric in charge of 14,000 soldiers religious needs

What we learn from this is how easy it is for a man from a deeply Christian family can set that religion aside and convert to Islam. We also learn how under unbelievable odds, the military will embrace the Muslim religion and apparently is prepared to accommodate to the requirements that faith demands.

Granted, I am giving you only a partial portion of the post by McClatchy

muslim-clericIn January, Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz received the call every Army chaplain dreams of, the call that validates years of intense study and hard work toward keeping the U.S. military in good spiritual health.

He was offered the job of chaplain for an entire division, an honor for anyone in his field but a milestone in his case. After a ceremony this summer, Shabazz will become the first Muslim division-level chaplain in the history of the U.S. military – a Muslim spiritual leader for more than 14,000 mostly Christian soldiers.

To get a sense of what a long shot this might’ve seemed like to Shabazz, consider the numbers: He’s one of only 10 Muslim chaplains in the entire U.S. military; of the Army’s 1,400 or so chaplains, just five are Muslim.

“When you get the call saying you have been bestowed a division, the news is kind of like, unearthly,” Shabazz said. “The list is so small and it’s such a tough cut.”

Comment: In conclusion I will give you this one last paragraph from the post as an example of the expectations apparently the military is to make:

Shabazz’s switch in faiths didn’t exactly go smoothly with the military, either. He had to write memos for even the smallest religious accommodation, such as time to perform the traditional Friday prayers. He’d fast during the holy month of Ramadan, though his schedule called for grueling work in the field. Ravenous by the end of the day, he’d come to the mess hall only to find pork chops. He’d raise concerns with his superiors from time to time, but made little ground.

The Department of Defense counts more than 6,000 self-identified Muslims currently serving, from a total of 1.3 million active-duty and more than 800,000 guard and reserve members.
Read more here with a video: McClatchy

Sunday Respite: Never Ending Love

This probably will be my last “Winter” themed Sunday respite. Spring sure is in the air, but Winter is not done with us yet. I chose Yakuro’s “Never Ending Love” for today’s respite. Have a wonderful day. I suggest watching the video in full screem.

Pope Francis: ‘Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist’

Put this down as my religion post for the week. First we have  “NY Catholic Church Holding Lessons To Promote Islam As A Religion Of Peace” via WXXI,  then we have Pope Francis not letting up. He hits the big ones, denying Islamic terrorism, and of course the so-called “ecological crisis” of Global Warming. First NY:

Kelly said he has held two of these sessions previously at other churches and was met with a positive response.

“We had about 80 people in each of the parishes participate. And it was very exciting because people were reticent or not willing to ask questions very much but by the end I think people felt much more comfortable.”

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In an impassioned address Friday, Pope Francis denied the existence of Islamic terrorism, while simultaneously asserting that “the ecological crisis is real.”

“Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist,” Francis said in his speech to a world meeting of populist movements.

What he apparently meant is that not all Christians are terrorists and not all Muslims are terrorists—a fact evident to all—yet his words also seemed to suggest that no specifically Islamic form of terrorism exists in the world, an assertion that stands in stark contradiction to established fact.

“No people is criminal or drug-trafficking or violent,” Francis said, while also suggesting—as he has on other occasions—that terrorism is primarily a result of economic inequalities rather than religious beliefs. “The poor and the poorer peoples are accused of violence yet, without equal opportunities, the different forms of aggression and conflict will find a fertile terrain for growth and will eventually explode.”

The Pope also reiterated his conviction that all religions promote peace and that the danger of violent radicalization exists equally in all religions. (Ed comment: I don’t recall Jesus telling us to slay our adversaries)

“There are fundamentalist and violent individuals in all peoples and religions—and with intolerant generalizations they become stronger because they feed on hate and xenophobia,” he said.

While denying the existence of Islamic terrorism, Francis also seemed to condemn the denial of global warming, asserting that “the ecological crisis is real.”

“A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system,” he said.

We know “what happens when we deny science and disregard the voice of Nature,” the Pope said. “Let us not fall into denial. Time is running out. Let us act. I ask you again—all of you, people of all backgrounds including native people, pastors, political leaders—to defend Creation.”

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