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"What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind. --Buddha

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 I imagine God as intelligent Universal Energy, the Source of pure energy, at the beginning point where Energy is created. This Energy or Source is everywhere, within everything.

My Beliefs

My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator At a time in mine life when I faced the most difficult challenges.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator At this same moment in time when I faced those difficult challenges.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a great deal to me. It sustains me when things are difficult, and I give thanks and am grateful when things are going well. It is an ever-present source of comfort and joy that abides in me.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator the Dalai Lama

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator in a God with a flowing white beard sitting on a golden throne.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator long. I think all humans are works in progress; and my spiritual journey is still on-going. But I have a clearer vision of what it is for me now than I did years ago.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Protestant
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 I think so. My beliefs are more metaphysical in nature than my parents. We did not discuss religion while I was growing up, but I think my parents had a very traditional view of religion---although we did not attend church.
If you have children, did becoming a parent change your relationship to faith? If so, how? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I think so. I felt some responsibility to introduce some sort of faith to my child. It was the beginning of my spiritual journey also. Organized religion didn't satisfy my curiosity or my interest in God, the Universe, the meaning of life and so forth. So I began to read different authors, different religious philosophies until I found something that made sense to me.

How I Practice My Faith

Where and when do you practice your faith? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Every day, throughout the day. Sometimes I pray very traditional prayers to God, other times it's more of a conversation, but mostly it's through meditation or when I'm practicing Reiki that I feel my connection to God.
Does your family practice more than one religion or faith? If so, how do you blend the traditions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator It's relatively easy. I don't wear my faith on my sleeve; it's very private and personal. I don't share my religious beliefs with very many people because I find most people have quite rigid religious views and if your beliefs don't fit in their prescribed "box", it makes them feel uncomfortable. So I keep my faith to myself.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I think any song or film that looks at a person's struggle for self-awareness or examines their journey to understand the world and their purpose in this lifetime would probably reflect my faith fairly well.

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 That's one of the fundamental problems with politics, isn't it? If we could remove religion from the political arena, perhaps we would have no more wars in the world.
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 As an educator, I think that would be a very interesting idea. As educators, one of our jobs is to help children develop into productive citizens of the world. I think you become a better citizen if you have a greater understanding and tolerance for people who are different than yourself, who have different political views, religious views and so forth.
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 Again, I think anything that helps our children understand themselves, and others in this shrinking world can only help. Our fears and ignorance are what ignite wars, prejudices, bigotry and so forth. An understanding of different religions and traditions as literature will not only help our children understand our global history, but give them a better understanding of our differences and how trivial they can be.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I think it's critical to world peace.

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Published October 11, 2010

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