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Two years ago at Camp Squeah, Christian youth learned to walk the labyrinth (see
Did these Young Mennonites Walk the Labyrinth?).

This year at Camp Squeah, it was a yoga retreat.

Exploring mind, body and soul connections
Yoga retreat brings spiritual insights

By Amy Dueckman
B.C. Correspondent
HOPE, B.C.

Determination to exercise more, or to improve one’s spiritual life, are on many people’s lists as they begin a new year. Thirty people who met at Camp Squeah from Jan. 11 to 13 found a way to do both through a retreat with the theme of “Breath of God” and the practice of yoga from a Christian perspective.
Angelika Dawson of Abbotsford, B.C., who spearheaded the retreat, had taken up yoga at her local recreation centre over a year ago, to increase her physical flexibility and strength. She loved the meditation and breathing exercises, but wasn’t always comfortable with the secular direction of imagining peace and light, or the distracting music…

Read more here:

http://www.canadianmennonite.org/articles/exploring-mind-body-and-soul-connections

Camp Squeah is owned by the Mennonite Church British Columbia. It is a children’s summer camp, retreat centre and outdoor education facility. Here is the their promotion of the recent yoga retreat:

Breath of God – Yoga from a Christian Perspective
January 11-13, 2013

This is a retreat for those seeking to deepen the contemplative dimension of their spiritual life through the practice of yoga and meditation in the Christian tradition. Gentle yoga stretching, yoga poses and breathing exercises are introduced not only as a path for relaxation, rejuvenation and stress reduction but also as a way to open the heart and body to a healing encounter with the transforming spirit of Christ within.

Ingrid Hauss, is a certified yoga teacher in Hatha Yoga, Kripalu Yoga, and Pilates and a spiritual director with a diploma in Spiritual direction from the Pacific Jubilee Program. Her academic background in art and music and her own Christian spiritual practice and love for scripture and texts by Christian mystical writers infuse her teaching…
http://www.squeah.com/Yoga-Retreat.html

Participants were strongly encouraged to bring their own yoga mats and/or yoga cushions as well as their Bibles. The retreat led by Hauss was open to all levels of yoga practitioners from beginner to seasoned. On Camp Squeah’s website we read that after Hauss became “a seeker of a way in which yoga could integrate into …life and Christian spirituality”, she studied a book on yoga and meditation as Christian disciplines called Prayer of the Heart and Body with Paulist priest and Yoga Teacher, Tom Ryan. She then learned to integrate dance and yoga before deepening her yoga training at Kripalu Yoga Center for Yoga and Health (USA). Soon she was teaching body prayer at churches and retreats, and studying with other yoga masters.

However, can yoga really be integrated into Christian spirituality?

“Christianity cannot be integrated with yoga and remain Christian. To think otherwise imperils the Christian truth and faith. As the managing editor of ‘Hinduism Today,’ Sannyasin Arumugaswami, remarks, ‘Hinduism is the soul of yoga ‘based as it is on Hindu Scripture and developed by Hindu sages. Yoga opens up new and more refined states of mind, and to understand them one needs to believe in and understand the Hindu way of looking at God. . . . A Christian trying to adapt these practices will likely disrupt their own Christian beliefs’.’ East is east, and west is west, and if Christianity is to remain Christian, ‘the twain’ should never be married. – Pastor Larry De Bruyn

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/yoga.htm

Therefore…

The question becomes, is it possible for a Christian to isolate the physical aspects of yoga as simply a method of exercise, without incorporating the spirituality or philosophy behind it? Yoga originated with a blatantly anti-Christian philosophy, and that philosophy has not changed. It teaches one to focus on oneself instead of on the one true God. It encourages its participants to seek the answers to life’s difficult questions within their own conscience instead of in the Word of God. It also leaves one open to deception from God’s enemy, who searches for victims that he can turn away from God (1 Peter 5:8).

Read more @ What is the Christian view of yoga?
http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-yoga.html

Are the supporters of Camp Squeah aware that this Christian camp appears to be leading Christians into the muddy waters of interspiritual practices?

Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. 1 Cor. 10:21

Please watch:

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“I am looking to build bridges with the Orthodox Church, looking to build bridges with the Catholic Church, with the Anglican church…”
Rick Warren, 2005

Today Rick Warren tweeted:

pastorrickwarren
Join me in a prayerful fast for the 115 Cardinals seeking God’s Will in leadership.
http://instagram.com/p/WvyDIWI0yI/

One follower tweeted:

I love that you pray for other denominations rather than criticizing them! Amen!

Rick Warren, with all your followers on Twitter, could you tell Catholics the truth?

No? Well here is some help from evangelist Mike Gendron, who for 34 years was a devout Roman Catholic and a strong defender of the “one true church.”

In response to Warren’s tweet, Gendron says:

“Rick Warren is doing a disservice to the Roman Catholic Church because he is putting the Gospel off limits to the the Body of Christ for evangelizing Roman Catholics,” he explained. “And so, if they don’t hear the Gospel, they have no hope in ever being saved.”
“Ultimately, it’s a real tragedy,” he said before delving into his second point. “It’s unfortunate because we have a ministry that is dedicated to equipping and encouraging the Body of Christ to reach out to Roman Catholics, and it’s because of people like Rick Warren and other highly visible evangelicals that are signing unity accords with Roman Catholics … that we are getting friendly fire from the evangelical Church.”

Warren’s Ecumenical Call to Fast, Pray for Cardinals Seeking New Pope Called ‘Real Tragedy’
http://christiannews.net/2013/03/12/warrens-ecumenical-call-to-fast-pray-for-cardinals-seeking-new-pope-called-real-tragedy/

Gendron encourages Christians to point Catholics to the only true head of the church, Jesus Christ.

UPDATE:

Today Rick Warren welcomed the new (and first) Jesuit pope, elected March 13/13.

Welcome Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Marino Bedraggle, #HabemusPapam You have our prayers.
https://twitter.com/RickWarren/statuses/311922267376463873

RELATED ARTICLES OF INTEREST:

Rick Warren Welcomes the First Ever Jesuit Pope, But Does He Know the Jesuit Agenda?
http://www.spiritual-research-network.com/SRN_blog/2013/3/Rick-Warren-Welcomes-the-First-Ever-Jesuit-Pope-But-Does-He-Know-the-Jesuit-Agenda-

RICK WARREN ASKS US TO FAST AND PRAY FOR GOD TO HELP APOSTATES ELECT THEIR NEW POPE
http://apprising.org/2013/03/12/rick-warren-asks-us-to-fast-and-pray-for-god-to-help-apostates-elect-their-new-pope/

New Evangelization: Priorities for the Next Pope
http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/new-evangelization-priorities-for-the-next-pope

Vatican Commission to Consider Christians and Muslims as ‘Beacons of Hope’
http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/vatican-commission-to-consider-christians-and-muslims-as-beacons-of-hope

Pope tells Rick Warren that he doesn’t pastor an actual church.
http://defendingcontending.com/2008/11/03/pope-tells-rick-warren-that-he-doesnt-pastor-an-actual-church/

IS RICK WARREN PROMOTING CATHOLIC EVANGELICALISM?
http://standupforthetruth.com/2013/03/is-rick-warren-promoting-catholic-evangelicalism/

The Last Pope to be appointed? Don’t count on it! Brrm …that’s the sound of the claptrap machine revving up. I feel a book coming on.
http://moriel.org/MorielArchive/index.php/discernment/catholicism/the-last-pope-to-be-appointed-dont-count-on-it-brrm-thats-the-sound-of-the-claptrap-machine-revving-up-i-feel-a-book-coming-on

Pedophile Protecting Pope to Resign
http://moriel.org/MorielArchive/index.php/discernment/catholicism/pedophile-protecting-pope-to-resign

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According to a recent comment on this blog, not only is Roman Catholic mysticism and contemplative spirituality crossing into the Christian & Missionary Alliance of Canada (see Peter Scazzero’s Contemplative Bridge Coming to Canada), it appears to have found a bridge into the C&MA in the United States. The Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) was founded as a graduate program of Nyack College in 1960. Together, the Nyack College, Seminary, and Graduate School campuses are recognized by the Christian & Missionary Alliance as the denomination’s official seminary in the US today. Now they may also be leading their students into the muddy waters of spiritual formation and contemplative spirituality. Those concerned may check out the facts for themselves.

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