Monday, October 23rd 2017

Spiritual Surf: Episcopalians and Catholics on Twitter and Facebook, E-consciousness, Roger Ebert on reincarnation, Julia Roberts in India and Madonna in Poland

facebook_logoControversial and visionary British bishop, Jonathan Blake (head of the Open Episcopal Church) has denounced the head of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales for portraying Facebook as a suicide risk.

The object of his dissent: Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols believes that social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook increase the risk of teen suicide and un-fulfilling transient relationships.

Episcopalian Blake counters here: Roman Catholicism creates greater dangers to relationships.

Media consultant Steven Vedro postulates that hyper-connectivity is not necessarily a bad thing with a new essay on his blog called, “Twitter, Ambient Awareness, and Spiritual Practice.”

tellingsecretsHave an urge to spill your secrets, with anonymity?  “The Internet as Online Confessional” (Christian Science Monitor online,  July 27) sheds light on the mixed blessings of digital “purging.”

Spirituality and the world of film and music

If you thought ‘Mr. Thumbs Up’ (Roger Ebert) was just a movie reviewer you are in for a rude awakening.  Check out, “The quantum theory of reincarnation,” the current post on his award-winning Chicago Sun Times blog. He waxes about quantum entanglement, string theory and consciousness as “gravitational.”  Who knew??

eatprayloveSpeaking of reincarnation, Oscar-winner Julia Roberts travels to India in late September to shoot, “Eat, Pray, Love”. 

Hindu leaders will be monitoring the movie closely, with attention to the depiction of sacred ashrams and other Hindu references.

Madonna is busy rocking Catholic sensibilities — again.  The Nation reports that she’s been called on the carpet by Roman Catholics in Poland for a decision to stage her Sticky and Sweet concert on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption.

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3 Comments on “Spiritual Surf: Episcopalians and Catholics on Twitter and Facebook, E-consciousness, Roger Ebert on reincarnation, Julia Roberts in India and Madonna in Poland”

  1. This is a "telling" collection of content. And, to my mind, much of it points to the same problem. The Roman Catholic church is more afraid of facing itself then attacking the evolving world. These online "connective" services are a way of breaking down barriers and reflecting the "interconnectedness", but without deep spiritual awareness there is the potential of danger. So the church says "let's attack the danger." when it should wake up and say "Let's start teaching the wisdom that lies at the heart of our source." That wisdom added to this great "tool" of world connection can transform the planet. But the Roman Catholic church, and most churches, actually, are afraid of us learning the wisdom, and internalizing it because then we won't need the hierarchy. And perhaps Madonna can teach more about "the sacred feminine" than The feast of the Assumption - well maybe not but....

  2. I love Facebook and to me it's opened up the complete world to communicate with, learn from, and last not certainly not tell about Soul's Code :) Are there dangers in spending too much time on fb and becoming disassociated from interactions with people "in the flesh"? For sure, but we all need to self-monitor our online and screen time (whether it be TV, games, computer use, etc.)

    There are so many people and groups on fb with a spiritual outlook that it is truly mindblowing, as well as very reassuring!

  3. I had no idea Eat, Pray, Love is becoming a movie. This is great news. I highly recommend the book to anyone and everyone. I've read it several times and it continues to inspire me.

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