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Religion is for people

This is an interesting quote. Parker Palmer and others, including complexity scientists, point out that the etymological roots of religion is to yoke together or join together. Yesterday, during my reading one author (the name escapes me) said ligament has the same roots. We are bound together through what we hold in common. I think religion understood this way stands with spirituality which is what we each bring to the collective and can share with others.

About ivonprefontaine

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

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  1. “I think religion understood this way stands with spirituality which is what we each bring to the collective and can share with others.”

    Yes, I so agree.

    Having a knowledge of the etymology changes what a word can mean to us.
    I think there’s a cultural misuse of the word religion, but I think I understand the point people are making, which is that spirituality is an experience one can have anywhere, anytime and religion has come to mean an experience of rituals managed by organizations.

    Great topic!

  2. True. That needs affixing to every pulpit for Lent. No need for any galling sermons about sin, then!

  3. This is a wonderful reminder of the difference between faith and religion! I really liked this and thought it made a great point. I wrote about someone who has been misled about religion and is in the public eye, (post is called, Cost of Silence.) We need to be more aware of misuse of God and the Bible. This was just the right thing for me to read today! Robin


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