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Native Spirituality “Renewal” Emerges
By Nanci Des Gerlaise
(author of Muddy Waters: an insider’s view of North American Native Spirituality)
Nanci Des Gerlaise is a Canadian First Nations Cree.

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. (Luke 21:36)

While those practicing Native Spirituality may believe they are practicing a completely unique form of spirituality, originating with them, they couldn’t be further from the truth. Native Spirituality is just one part of a vast movement that is creating a paradigm shift in our present-day culture away from biblical Christianity and replacing it with an all-inclusive interspiritual global religion that relies heavily upon mystical practices. The results will create a “Christianity” that has no resemblance to biblical Christianity whatsoever

More here:

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/

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The Wild Goose Festival is over, and we’ve had time to examine the aftermath. Here’s what we’ve found.

What we now know about last weekend’s festival is that…

“Topics were diverse, and ranged from immigration reform, Christian universalism, and embracing your political “other,” to the theology of beer and rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians debate.”
Favorite Moments from the Goose: Snapshots from the Wild Goose Festival 2012
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithforward/2012/06/favorite-moments-from-the-goose-snapshots-from-the-wild-goose-festival-2012/

We also learned that in attendance were…

“those who identify as Eastern Orthodox, Messianic Jews, a Salvationist (member of the Salvation Army), Mennonites, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Catholics, Episcopalians, Anglicans, Evangelicals, Independents, Baptists (of various stripes), United Church of Christ, Quakers, house churchers, as well as those who identify as “seekers,” pagans, and agnostics… (and) many people from across the sexual orientation spectrum.”
Wild Goose 2012: Jesus, Bayard Rustin, & Walter Wink Live!
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithforward/2012/06/wild-goose-2012-jesus-bayard-rustin-walter-wink-live/

Also observed is that the Wild Goose Festival was a platform for new and controversial books, such as Torn: Rescuing the Gospel From the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate by Justin Lee, who was there to promote his book about how the issue of how Gay Christians is tearing the church apart. It’s published by Jericho Books (jerichobooks.com), a  new publisher providing a “space for non-traditional voices to express fresh perspectives on today’s culture and to reflect on the growing changes in the Church.” (Their other authors include Brian McLaren, Shane Hipps, and Jay Bakker.)

Another Wild Goose Festival promotion was a book called The Gospel of Rutba (www.thegospelofrutba.com), the story of Christians and Muslims uniting on humanity’s common ground (Foreword by Desmond Tutu, Afterword by Shane Claiborne).

Regarding this ‘other gospel,’ contemplative Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, who compared his Wild Goose Festival experience to Finney’s open air revivals in the late 19th century, shared…

“an invitation to take the gospel of Rutba with us and live it wherever we are.”
Sharing Stories at the Wild Goose Festival
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jonathanwilsonhartgrove/2012/06/sharing-stories-at-the-wild-goose-festival/

This ‘gospel’ includes such suggestions as using your equity to help someone who’s considered “illegal” to buy a home; visiting a church, mosque, or synagogue outside of your own faith tradition; or reading a book by a Muslim author. Tell that to the folks in Dearborn, Michigan.

The person who introduced the Gospel of Rutba at the Wild Goose Festival was none other than Shane Claiborne (see this video).

Over at Jim Wallis’s blog we read this understatement…

“Shane Claiborne call us into the kind of sacred mischief that might undermine the principalities and powers.”
Heat, Hope, & Hootenanny: The Holy Spirit Gets Cooking At Wild Goose
http://sojo.net/blogs/2012/06/26/heat-hope-hootenanny-holy-spirit-gets-cooking-wild-goose

In the article at the above link we read as well that…

“Sojourners’ chief-executive-trouble-maker Jim Wallis borrowed lessons from coaching little league baseball and welcomed us back to the enchantment of our youth when a lion named Aslan whispered in our ears…. as Wallis, one of the festival’s founding visionaries reminded us, The Lion is always there to guide us, to whisper in our ears—and call us back to future Wild Goose Festivals.

””

Someone might remind Mr. Wallis that our adversary the devil also walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).

Speaking of Obama’s spiritual adviser Wallis, is it any coincidence that some of Obama’s campaign people came to the Wild Goose Festival? Their visit was supposedly in order to …

“see for themselves that there are religious folks who care about progress and justice. Judging from the numerous Probama bumper stickers in the parking lot, the campaign reps found their peeps.”
10 Things I Learned at the Wild Goose Festival
http://www.religionnews.com/blogs/jana-riess/10-things-i-learned-at-the-wild-goose-festival

It was only a few days ago that Wild Goose participant and Obama supporter Frank Schaeffer stated:

“I can’t fix the world, but I can go down fighting that Obama can get re-elected,” he exclaimed to eager applause. He proclaimed, “I think he’s one of the greatest presidents that America has ever had!”
Frank Schaeffer: Obama “One of the Greatest Presidents America Has Ever Had”
http://juicyecumenism.com/2012/06/22/frank-schaeffer-obama-one-of-the-greatest-presidents-america-has-ever-had/

Schaeffer’s recent tweets confirm this:

Frank Schaeffer
‏@Frank_Schaeffer
Wild Goose Festival wonderful, spoke yesterday and again today, Obama team came from DC great to meet them
http://twitter.com/Frank_Schaeffer/status/216487695701127169

Frank Schaeffer
‏@Frank_Schaeffer
talked with Obama teem about what I/we can do to help reelection
http://twitter.com/Frank_Schaeffer/status/216487818732634113

While at the Wild Goose Festival, Schaeffer also watched the sneak preview of the soon to be released movie “Hellbound,” while celebrating his 42nd wedding anniversary with paper cups full of beer in the “beer and hymns” tent (see Wild Goose Heaven Our Answer to Hate, Huffington Post).

Beer & Hymn Sing

This was predictable, as Hellbound’s producer Kevin Miller recently said…

Four of the Hellbound? “cast” will be there: Frank Schaeffer, Michael Hardin, Brad Jersak and Brian McLaren. Not to mention Raborn Johnson of Beyond the Box podcast. And none of them will be roped off in a VIP section with all the bigwigs. They’ll be camping out just like everyone else. And I highly doubt any of them has ever said no to a free beer. (Well, perhaps Frank did in his former life…) So here’s your chance to get chummy.
Four More Reasons to go to the Wild Goose Festival This June
http://www.hellboundthemovie.com/four-more-reasons-to-go-to-the-wild-goose-festival-this-june/

And as the weekend unfolded, we also read with dismay about…

“The indefatigable Jim Wallis of Sojourners Magazine smiling and leaning in close to tell me about this past week’s success in galvanizing Evangelical leaders (from Focus on the Family, most notably) and therefore Republican politicians in DC, around immigration reform … “it’s about meeting on higher ground, not moral ground…” ”
Favorite Moments from the Goose: Snapshots from the Wild Goose Festival 2012
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithforward/2012/06/favorite-moments-from-the-goose-snapshots-from-the-wild-goose-festival-2012/

One similarity about these Wild Goose Festival reports is that much is being said about the speakers, the beer, the new kind of Christianity, another gospel, and the new way to do church – but no one talks about Jesus Christ who is the Head of the Church. (One such example of this is the commentary over at the Darkwood Brew blog called When I was Dead: Reflection on the Wild Goose Festival.)

This is because the new kind of Christian wants another kind of Jesus, which is why it’s not surprising to see that even the Urantia Community (cult) likes the entire unbiblical premise of the Wild Goose Festival, since the Urantia Book presents a Jesus that is also not the same as the Bible…

I think these types of festivals are the future of how we as Urantia Book readers learn to come out of the closet as followers of Jesus in the greater community of the world. These open minded Christians will be happy to hear the good news. The more the merrier so lets get some tickets purchased and head out on the road of eternal adventure and endless discovery
Wild Goose Festival 2012
http://urantianow.com/wild-goose-festival-2012/

On the last day of the 2012 Wild Goose Festival, the Sunday morning worship call was a circus like march to When the Saints Come Marching In.

The closing song to the weekend was a performance of what Ken Silva calls “that classic hymn “Purple Rain”” which can be seen here:

THE EMERGING CHURCH WILD GOOSE CHASE MOVES ON WESTWARD
http://apprising.org/2012/06/26/the-emerging-church-wild-goose-chase-moves-on-westward/

All of the above seems to clearly demonstrate the departure from the simplicity and purity of the gospel (2 Cor. 3,4) and the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3). After examining the Wild Goose droppings, it has become only more clear which direction the goslings are being led and what kind of tainted muddy waters they are feeding in.

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* Other Eye Opening Reports on the Wild Goose Festival:

Wild Goslings Honk for Environmentalism
http://www.theird.org/issues/environment/wild-goslings-honk-for-environmentalism

“Wild Goose” Gets an Education
http://juicyecumenism.com/2012/06/23/wild-goose-gets-an-education/

Role Playing at Wild Goose
http://juicyecumenism.com/2012/06/22/role-playing-at-wild-goose/

Quack Christianity at the Wild Goose
http://juicyecumenism.com/2012/06/27/quack-christianity-at-the-wild-goose/

* Also Related:

Frank Schaeffer: Conspiracy Theorist?
http://juicyecumenism.com/2012/06/20/frank-schaeffer/

JIM WALLIS’ INTERFAITH MESSAGE TO YOUNG PEOPLE: “WE ARE HERE TO FIND COMMON GROUND.”
http://standupforthetruth.com/2012/05/jim-wallis-interfaith-message-to-young-people-we-are-here-to-find-common-ground/

Emergent Christians Warn against the Bible’s “Loaded Guns”
http://www.theird.org/page.aspx?pid=2431

OBAMA ‘FULFILLS’ ISAIAH 9:10 PROPHECY – AGAIN
http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/obama-fulfills-isaiah-910-prophecy-again/

Christians and Muslims in Dangerous Dialog...
Their God is NOT Our God!
http://www.ericbarger.com/muslim.rebuttal.htm

Wild Goose Droppings 1 (2011)
https://muddystreams.wordpress.com/2011/06/08/wild-goose-festivals-emerging-spirituality/

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This is the religious/spiritual group that ‘new kind of Christian’ Brian McLaren finds himself in as a participant in The Vision Project (http://thevisionproject.org)…

Religion / Spirituality

Agape Live ( Michael Bernard Beckwith)
http://www.agapelive.com/index.php?anchor=home

Association for Global New Thought
http://www.agnt.org/

Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (Dadi Janki)
http://www.bkwsu.com/

Brian McLaren
http://www.brianmclaren.net

Center for Action and Contemplation (Father Richard Rohr)
http://www.cacradicalgrace.org/

Center for Purposeful Living
http://www.purposeful.org/

Center for Sacred Sciences
http://www.centerforsacredsciences.org/

Contemplative Society (Cynthia Bourgeault)
http://www.contemplative.org/

Eckhart Teachings (Eckhart Tolle)
http://www.eckharttolle.com/home.php

Ehama Institute (WindEagle and RainbowHawk)
http://www.ehama.org/

Evangelical Environmental Network (Creation Care, Jim Ball)
http://www.creationcare.org/

Evolutionary Christianity (Michael Dowd)
http://evolutionarychristianity.com/

Forum on Religion and Ecology (Mary Evelyn Tucker)
http://fore.research.yale.edu/

Global Ethic Foundation (Hans Küng)
http://globalethic.org/

Globalisation for the Common Good (Kamran Mofid)
http://www.gcgi.info/

Golden Sufi Center (Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee)
http://www.goldensufi.org/

Gratefulness.org (Brother David Steindl-Rast)
http://www.gratefulness.org/index.htm

Great Story (Michael Dowd)
http://www.thegreatstory.org/

Imam Sayid Hassan Al-Qazwini (Imam Qazwini)
http://www.qazwini.org/

Insight Meditation Society (Joseph Goldstein)
http://www.dharma.org/

International Society for Science & Religion
http://www.issr.org.uk/

InterSpiritual Dialogue Action Community
(honoring the legacy of Brother Wayne Teasdale)
http://www.isdna.org/index.php

Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research
http://www.collegevilleinstitute.org/

Jawdat Said (Islamic Intellectual)

Karen Armstrong (Lavin Agency)
http://www.thelavinagency.com/speaker-karen-armstrong.html

Lokahi Foundation
http://www.lokahi.org.uk/

Lucis Trust (Sara McKecknie)
http://www.lucistrust.org

Meaning of Life TV
http://meaningoflife.tv/

School of Ageless Wisdom (Gloria Crook)
http://www.unol.org/saw/

Science of Spirituality (Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaji)
http://www.sos.org/

Scientific and Medical Network
http://www.scimednet.org/

Seven Ray Institute (Ageless Wisdom teachings)
http://www.sevenray.net/

Shambhala
http://www.shambhala.org/

Sojourners (Jim Wallis)
http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm

Sri Ramakrishna Spiritual Family News (Audrey E. Kitagawa)
http://www.srkspiritualfamily.org/

Sufi Order International (Pir Zia Inayat Khan)
http://www.sufiorder.org/

Three Faiths Forum
http://www.threefaithsforum.org.uk/

Tikkun (Michael Lerner)
http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/

United Religions Initiative
http://www.uri.org/

Working with Oneness (Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee)
http://www.workingwithoneness.org/

World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality
http://www.globalspirit.org/

SOURCE: Visionary Websites
http://thevisionproject.org/visionary_websites/visionary_websites_category.html#religion

Also see:
The Mennonites and Brian McLaren and the Neo-Pagan Gospel Unite
http://mennolite.wordpress.com/2010/12/10/the-mennonites-and-brian-mclaren-and-the-neopagan-gospel-unite/

******UPDATE:

Surprise, Surprise…Brian McLaren Aligns (openly) with New Age Leaders
http://www.ericbarger.com/mclaren.NA.htm

Brian McLaren Finally Comes Out of the Closet as a New Ager
http://solasisters.blogspot.com/2011/07/brian-mclaren-finally-comes-out-of.html

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More swamp religion.

Purpose Driven dismantling of Christianity, Part 2
by Marsha West

A person could choke to death on the Syncretism Stew so-called Christians have cooked up. This swill contains the worst abominations imaginable. Presbyterian, Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist and Episcopalian churches are rife with humanism, radical feminist theology, Darwinian evolution, eastern religious practices, neo-pagan goddess worship, earth spiritualism, Shamanism and Native American spirituality.

As if all this weren’t bad enough, the swill includes Jungian psychology! Carl Jung was a well-known occultist who channeled a demon. And speaking of demons, the demonically inspired Twelve-step program was “borrowed” from Alcoholics Anonymous and “Christianized.” Now thousands of churches offer “recovery” programs to help people overcome various addictions. Granted, some recovery programs are based on solid biblical principles and can be helpful. But programs that arise out of the occult are harmful! (For more on Carl Jung and the Twelve-step program, go to Recommended Reading)

One particularly bad batch of Syncretism Stew has left Bible believing Christians with a severe case of heartburn….

More here:

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/mwest/110401

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The music of the very talented Michael Fitzpatrick is helping to lead the way across the interfaith bridge with the Dalai Lama and the Compassion Rising Project.

COMPASSION RISING DVD

A Musical Meditation

Footage chronicling the 40-year unfolding of COMPASSION beginning with the meeting between The Dalai Lama and Merton in 1968, the historic first-visit by helicopter by The Dalai Lama to the Abbey of Gethsemani in 1994, the subsequent Gethsemani Encounter in 1996, and the climactic recording and filming inside Mammoth Cave, the Abbey of Gethsemani, and the Furnace Mountain Zen Temple in 1999. Additional materials include capture of the Interreligious Vigil for World Peace led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the meeting between The Dalai Lama and Muhammad Ali, orchestrated by Millenia Music for the Blessing of the Chamtse Ling Temple in 2003. All of this combined with the soul-stirring music of COMPASSION.

http://web.mac.com/tuningtheplanet/Michael_Fitzpatrick/Compassion_Rising_DVD.html

The Compassion Rising website tells us that this project is dedicated to fulfilling the legacy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Thomas Merton by bringing the world together in Compassion. The idea was based on a theory by Thomas Merton’s friend biologist Rupert Sheldrake called morphic resonance, in which sound vibrations of purest intent (compassion) can be introduced and felt in other parts of the world. Sheldrake believes the earth has consciousness pathways and will receive the music through its nervous system, not unlike the movie Avatar and its pagan message.

More pictures of the ceremonies and rituals in Mammoth cave can be seen here:
http://www.compassionrising.com/Compassion_Rising/Book.html

A forth coming narrative film project by the Dalai Lama Foundation is called Tuning the Planet (see here).

It all started with the Dalai Lama meeting Thomas Merton, whom he called his spiritual brother.

Many Christians today practice contemplative prayer, which came to be known as Centering Prayer in reference to Thomas Merton’s description as prayer that is “centered entirely on the presence of God” (see History of Centering Prayer, Contemplative Outreach). If they knew about this project, and how closely contemplative spirituality resonates with Buddhism, New Age pagan religions and earth worship, would they still go down the contemplative pathway?

Compassion Rising Film Preview

Related:

Thomas Merton and Buddhism
https://muddystreams.wordpress.com/2010/03/27/thomas-merton-and-buddhism/

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The Mennonite Weekly Review is promoting interfaith communion with Mother Church and Mother Earth this Thanksgiving.

The harvest of communion: Gathering souls and saints
By Andrea Ferich

I am a farmer, and I am interfaith, deeply forged by the changing seasons. During November, we remember our communion with the land, all creation, the sainthood of those who nourish us.

One might be surprised to hear that Camden, NJ is a place to find the interlocking rhythms of Mother Church and Mother Earth.

When toilets are flushed or trash is thrown away, it comes to my neighborhood in Waterfront South. This place where the land is broken and the bodies are shed are places where we must work out our theology of justice. Jesus lived accordingly so, and we follow him in communal commitments.

More here:

http://www.mennoweekly.org/blog/2010/11/23/harvest-communion-gathering-souls-and-saints/

[Andrea Ferich is director of sustainability at the Center For Environmental Transformation (http://camdencenterfortransformation.org), a Roman Catholic environmentalist justice center.]

Related:

Will Obama Give Credit to God this Thanksgiving?
https://muddystreams.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/will-obama-give-credit-to-god-this-thanksgiving/

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Just like the imaginary planet in Avatar, the spirituality within the movie is not the truth either.

Blending Hinduism, Shamanism and Goddess Spirituality
by Berit Kjos
Kjos Ministries

Imagine a new world! Visualize its beauty! Flow with your feelings! Become one with all!

But what about reality?

More here:

Movie Review: The Mind-changing Myths of AVATAR
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=3793

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