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S.T.I.R. Dan Shafer Essays

This page collects links to spiritual essays authored by our Spiritual Teacher in Residence Dan Shafer. These appeared first primarily on his spiritual blog at OneMindFellowship. If you wish to subscribe to Dan's regular spiritual essays, viisit this link and fill out the form at the top of the page. You can just read individual articles by clicking on the headlines below.

Ten Possible Positives About a Trump Presidency

Many of us in the Progressive Christianity movement were stressed and even angered at the results of the recent U.S. Presidential election. But it will avail us nothing to rant and rave and protest that the outcome is unfair or wrong; it is now part of the external dream world in which we have chosen to live. Dan set himself the daunting task of coming up with a list of 10 possible positive outcomes for this unexpected turn of events.

There Is No Evil Force

Unity teaches that there is no separate, identifiable force in the Universe called Evil. Dan teaches this on his spiritual path as well. In this essay, he relates the arguments in favor of that position and discusses the concept in the context of a recent essay by Sojourners' Founder Jim Wallis on evil and ISIS. (1,384 words – December 7, 2015)

Is God Within or Without? Yes!

One of the most frequently asked questions I encounter in my spiritual teaching and coaching practice concerns the issue of whether God — by whatever name or label you wish to call It — is a God "out there" who can and does interact with us on the physical plane directly, or whether the Divine exists only in and as us. (632 words – August 31, 2016)