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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 completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

7 responses »

  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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