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What happens to your faith at work? The truth is, when we go to
work, we don't have to check our faith at the door.
Like many Native Americans, Ojibwe people esteem the wisdom, authority, and religious significance of old age, but this respect does not come easily or naturally. It is the fruit of hard work, rooted in narrative traditions, moral vision, and ritualized practices of decorum that are comparable in sophistication to those of Confucianism. Even as the dispossession and policies of assimilation have threatened Ojibwe peoplehood and have targeted the traditions and the elders who embody it, Ojibwe and other Anishinaabe communities have been resolute and resourceful in their disciplined respect for elders. Indeed, the challenges of colonization have served to accentuate eldership in new ways.
Using archival and ethnographic research, Michael D. McNally follows the making of Ojibwe eldership, showing that deference to older women and men is part of a fuller moral, aesthetic, and cosmological vision connected to the ongoing circle of life--a tradition of authority that has been crucial to surviving colonization. McNally argues that the tradition of authority and the authority of tradition frame a decidedly indigenous dialectic, eluding analytic frameworks of invented tradition and na?ve continuity. Demonstrating the rich possibilities of treating age as a category of analysis, McNally provocatively asserts that the elder belongs alongside the priest, prophet, sage, and other key figures in the study of religion.
Peter Deunov (1864-1944), who is also known as Beinsa Douno, was a spiritual teacher in Bulgaria. He said that a new epoch has begun in which human beings will come to live in love and freedom. His mission was to prepare us for this new life. To those who followed him he was simply 'the Teacher'. Using simple language, he taught profound and practical Christianity, guiding his disciples to establish direct contact with the Spirit, and holding that true knowledge is only that which is personally tested and verified. After he passed away, his teaching was suppressed for forty-five years, during the communist rule in Bulgaria. With the arrival of democracy in 1989 his voice began to emerge from obscurity. While Peter Deunov again became a known figure in his homeland, he remained almost invisible to the wider world. Gradually this began to change, and in recent years there has been a growing international recognition of the value of his work. The Teacher encouraged his disciples to think of themselves as brothers and sisters, and he worked for the idea of Brotherhood to inform all levels of human relations, from the personal to that between nations. As part of this process, he developed the Paneurhythmy, a communal dance set to music to promote social harmony, spiritual development, energetic balance and physical health. According to Peter Deunov, the inner side of all religions is the same, there being one great truth, that of the relationship between the human soul and God. This edition presents the lectures of the Teacher, Peter Deunov, Beinsa Douno, along with relevant passages from the Bible, in a suitable form for readers of the English language.
The High-Definition Leader is an invitation of grace for churches and their leaders to grasp the ancient call of the early New Testament Church that crossed ethnic and socioeconomic barriers to create heavenly colonies of love, reconciliation, and unity on earth. In it, you will learn the theology and practices that will help you build a mission-shaped, multi-ethnic church.
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