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Our Favorite Indian Food

by nathanielkiddnathanielkidd 11 Sep 2008 01:20

Food is a wonderful way to share culture and experience. Now that we are back in the States, we're going to try to update our recipe book and get cooking, um, so to speak.

Nathaniel's Bollywood Picks

by nathanielkiddnathanielkidd 10 Sep 2008 03:02

Ah, Bollywood. The cinema of India.

The Call to Contemplative Christianity

by nathanielkiddnathanielkidd 02 Sep 2008 18:02

Not everyone is called to broaden the scope of their contemplative practice. For some, a life following the prescribed regiment of a specific denomination and community will be spiritually satisfying and an abundant practice. But other people are impelled outward, perhaps by a natural spiritual curiosity, perhaps by the challenges of the dominant culture, or perhaps because of wounds inflicted by their spiritual community of origin. The Church needs people of both types. (Consider St. Paul's metaphor of the Body in 1 Cor 12:14-26).

A Critique of the Interfaith Movement

by nathanielkiddnathanielkidd 02 Sep 2008 16:00

This is a short reflection I wrote up out of my own limited experience with interfaith communities as they currently practice.

How To Make Christian Prayer Beads

by nathanielkiddnathanielkidd 27 Aug 2008 01:01

Making Christian prayer beads can be as simple as a quick, afternoon project or as complicated as a finely honed skill. I have found that even with no experience, little time, and little investment, it is possible to make a set of Christian prayer beads that is very attractive and adequately durable.

Encountering the Christian Scriptures

by nathanielkiddnathanielkidd 26 Aug 2008 04:37

The Bible is the book of Christian Scriptures. For Christians, no other book is as sacred, nor as authoritative on details of the Divine. As such, it provides much of the raw material for Christian religious and spiritual reflection. However, while this attitude toward the Scriptures is generally shared amongst Christians, approaches to listening to them, learning from them, and submitting to their authority vary significantly by community.

Christian Music: Song, Hymns, and Psalmody

by nathanielkiddnathanielkidd 23 Aug 2008 17:20

Christian music has always been an important part of both defining and practicing the faith. As the old axiom goes, lex orandi, lex credendi—as we pray, so we worship; so we believe. This is true even today in a secular context. Modern music plays an important role in creating and reinforcing cultural values, sustaining identity, and connecting individuals with communities, movements, and subcultures.

Growing in Faith through Cross-Cultural Conversation

by nathanielkiddnathanielkidd 23 Aug 2008 01:08

Part of the purpose of our journey is to engage in cross-cultural conversation in an intentional manner, as a form of spiritual exercise, with the intention of growing in our Christian faith.

Christian Contemplative Practice

by nathanielkiddnathanielkidd 20 Aug 2008 22:57

At the perennial center of Christian life and theology is the personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. But how do we establish, nourish, and dwell in this relationship? Christian contemplative practice describes the things we do in order to reorient our personal, inward lives around our relationship with Jesus.

The Meaning of Missionary Work

by nathanielkiddnathanielkidd 16 Aug 2008 18:31

Understanding of what "missionary work" is and means has evolved through the centuries, and continues to evolve. The purpose of this page is to ask some interesting questions about missions work and lay a framework for understanding the variety of perceptions of what it is.

Our Search for the Church

by nathanielkiddnathanielkidd 14 Aug 2008 22:15

The Church is one of the central mysteries of the Christian life. It is, as St. Peter describes, a temple built of "living stones." As the Prophet Isaiah spoke, it is "a house of praise for all peoples." It is a communion that stretches inexplicably through time and space, its splendor sometimes visible, sometimes invisible. As the Psalms say, it is a people "whose heritage is praise" and whose "delight is in God."

Understanding Pilgrimage

by nathanielkiddnathanielkidd 13 Aug 2008 23:15

One of the great issues we are tackling in the course of our journey is this question of pilgrimage. On this page, we want to discuss these issues as they arise. We expect that our answers to these questions will continually evolve through the course of our experience, however it is important for us to have some provisional understanding of our undertaking.

Shove Chapel Book

by nathanielkiddnathanielkidd 12 Aug 2008 01:28

As the spiritual capstone to my college career, I spent a month prayerfully researching the iconography of Shove Chapel at Colorado College. I recognized intuitively that the building that had absorbed so many of my prayers and songs through my time as a student could not have left me unchanged.

Christian Prayer Beads

by nathanielkiddnathanielkidd 08 Aug 2008 21:40

Christians have been using prayer beads for centuries as a tangible aid to their prayers, and a tool to help them enter contemplative space.

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