Spirituality & Prayer
On-line soul boosters and practices for exploring and nourishing your spiritual life. Includes prayer and meditation practices, devotionals, interfaith resources, spiritual toolkits for times of crisis and more. Also try Soul Feast Chapel (Fridays @ 11:15), Evensong (1st & 3rd Sundays of each block @ 5), or one-on-one spiritual direction with the College Chaplain (x4402; office located on the Ped Mall, LL of Bowman-Carter).
PRAYERS AMID TIME OF WAR
Seasons of prayer for peace in the Middle East and beyond from various traditions and calls to prayers for peace by Bishop Desmond Tutu,the Dali Lama, Dr. Sayyid Syeed, Rabbi Lerner and others.
Some of us have been taught a form of prayer that is better suited for the person who taught us. When it didn't work as well for us, we may have been tempted to give up on prayer or merely go through the motions. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to experience and listen to God. Set up spiritual direction time with the College Chaplain (x4402) to discern which spiritual practices best first your spiritual type, or explore some the chaplain's recommended prayer and meditation practices, devotionals, and other resources in the links below.
DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL TYPE
We all have different spiritual temperaments or leanings. Here are some self-tests to help you explore the ways you best connect with the holy (i.e. head, heart, mystic, social change prophet). Doing so will enable you to choose prayer practices which best fit your being and spirit. SpiritualHealth.com/spiritualtype or BeliefNet.spiritualtype
CENTERING OR CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER
Take a deep breath and quiet your thoughts. Site associated with Father Keating offers method of this prayer practice, as well as weekly articles.
Awareness as Spiritual Practice & Other Spiritual Practice "Permit me to say without reservation that if all people were attentive, if they would undertake to be attentive every moment of their lives, they would discover the world anew. They would suddenly see that the world is entirely different from what they had believed it to be."
- Jacques Lusseyran
A Mindfulness exercise:
The poet and doctor William Carlos Williams used to carry a notepad around with him in which he listed "Things I noticed today that I've missed until today." Make his practice into an ongoing project in your home or group. Every morning, remind yourself that during the day you are going to notice something new or see a familiar sight in a new way. That evening, describe your discovery to family or friends. If you are doing this project as a group, allow time for reporting at your meetings.
For more on awareness as spiritual practice and other spiritual practice click here.
A VERY ANCIENT art, practiced at one time by all Christians, is the technique known as lectio divina - a slow, contemplative praying of the Scriptures which enables the Bible, the Word of God, to become a means of union with God. This ancient practice has been kept alive in the Christian monastic tradition.
MEDITATION (ZEN BUDDHIST & GENERAL)
|Meditation is a period of time set aside every day to quiet the mind. Meditation is a way to slow down, chill out, and get in touch with the eternal side of your being. Explore these practices from zenmind.com or the similar practice found in ancient Christian spirituality, centering or contemplative prayer
CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER EAST & WEST
Perhaps my favorite site, Shalem Institute offers links to classic and contemporary meditation and prayer practices and sacred texts. It includes links to on-line libraries, archives and encyclopedias, and fabulous resources on mysticism and practices found in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and beyond.
Grateful living is the key to joy. Explore various practices and themes and gratefulness.org.
DAILY PRAYER & DEVOTIONAL SITES: UPPER ROOM daily devotional and daily words of comfort
THE DAILY OFFICE Christian morning, noonday, evening prayers and compline, plus daily devotions. Liturgical calendar and music. English or Spanish. Also The Divine Office Liturgy of the Hours
JEWISH SPIRITUAL RESOURCES (Hillel.org) Take the reins of your Jewish journey. Learn rituals or prayers, encounter texts, explore resources -- from ancient to modern -- that Judaism's rich heritage has to offer. Also check out the BEING JEWISH website where you'll find practical, friendly information about topics like Jewish spirituality ethics and peoplehood, intermarriage, holidays, conversion, parenting, cooking, environmentalism and many other aspects of being Jewish.
MULTIFAITH PRAYERS FOR PEACE
SALAT (Islamic prayer)
YOGA & HINDUISM PAGE/LINKS
METHODX is an online Christian community where young adults (18-28+) can identify and explore their relationships with God and with others. MethodX will help you experience God in compelling, transforming ways. It is a hospitable place where you can gather and talk about things that matter, where you can listen, laugh, learn, and share your experiences and with others. MethodX is sponsored by Upper Room Ministries®, an interdenominational, global, Christian ministry.
BELIEF.NET offers a wide variety of resources for the community including discussion groups, celebrations, memorials and prayer circles. It also includes tools and resources such as quizzes, meditations and sacred texts.
This is an online translation of the Cathedral Labyrinth created by London alternative worship groups Grace, LOPE and Epicentre. During this journey participants pause and listen to a piece of music and a meditation. They also undertake some symbolic action or ritual.
CREATING SACRED SPACE…
Create a personal sacred space where you read scripture and a daily meditation or challenging thought, write in your private online journal or prayer wall, and maintain a personal prayer list -- or simply be.
DEVOTIONAL TOOLKIT FOR TIMES OF CRISIS
Many people are feeling the need to vary and expand their repertoire of devotional practices. Here are 50 practices from the world's spiritual traditions - affirmations, art, chanting, dancing, gathas, haiku, icons, journals, milagros, prayer wheels, retreats, sacraments, service, walking, to name just a few - and the resources that best describe them.
SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVES ON HEALING, PEACE & MORE AFTER 9/11
Perspectives on healing, forgiveness, peace, unity, justice and healing, muslim hadiths on non-violence.
THE SPIRITUAL PATH OF GRIEF
The spiritual traditions of the world have prayers, rituals, and liturgies that through the centuries have helped people navigate the painful path of grief. Quotations and Stories from Contemporary Teachers compiled by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
MEETING THE WORLD…FAITH TO FAITH
Interfaith Web Sites
OTHER SITES which Higher Education Ministry links to on topics ranging for spirituality and ethics, social justice, exploring ministry as vocation, interfaith understanding, listening posts and more.
Bible Gateway - Looking for a certain Biblical passage or verse? This resource searches Christian scripture in seven different versions and ten different languages. Choose version from a drop-box, and perform keyword, passages, or restricted searches, among other options.
Lectionary Resources - The Text This Week - Christian scripture study, liturgy and worship links lectionary Based Resources for Scripture Study and Worship
Religion & Scripture - An inter-faith link to scripture of the world's religious traditions.
Use your favorite search engine and enter "Denominations and Sects" or "Faith and Practices"
If you are a member of the Cornell College Community, and would like to recommend additional sites that meet the needs of differing faith traditions on our campus, you may send your recommendation for consideration to the Chaplain by email.
BE WISE: Always surf the Web cautiously. Use critical thinking.