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How Do You Imagine God?
God in America and USA WEEKEND Magazine are partnering to explore Americans' images of God.

How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator How can you imagine the unimaginable?

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I try to stay open.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Awakening to my true essence.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Practicing mindfulness, living in the moment.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Thich Nhat Hanh.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Creating a space for my true essence.

My Faith History

My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator A long straight road, the path to here.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator A Christian. We didn't attend church regularly. I attended one summer Bible School and loved it.
Are your beliefs or practices different from your parents? If so, how and why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes. They were Christian. I have taken the inner journey.

How I Practice My Faith

How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Mindfulness is a daily, all day long, all life long practice.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Peace.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator O Holy Night, heard as an inner journey.

Religion & the Public Square

What should be the role of religion in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Relgion should have no role in politics. I would hope the politicians are fair and open minded.
Should courses about religion be taught in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes, as philosophy.
Should the Bible, Torah, Quran or other religious texts be taught as works of literature in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No. The are all open to a large range of interpretation and are absorbed according to spiritual maturity. These works probably couldn't be taught without some kind of interpretation. Which one is correct?
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes. We need to learn to ask questions and see the similarities, rather than preach and defend. Understanding leads to tolerance and world peace.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Not unless I am asked.
Do you feel that you have a duty, because of your faith, to put your beliefs into action? What are some of those actions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I saw a quote from Adyashanti. “Enlightenment means waking up to what you truly are and then being that.”
Has 9/11 had any impact on your thoughts about religion? Are you more/less interested in learning about other religions? Do you feel more/less comfortable expressing your religious beliefs? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The 9/11 tragedy made me more certain that we need to dialogue between the different faith systems and that it is imperative that we all awaken to our true essence which is love and compassion. I run interfaithforums.com where we learn about and discuss all belief systems. I feel most comfortable discussing my nonbeliefs if asked specific questions.

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Published October 11, 2010

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