Monday, August 25, 2008

Of Many Faiths

Melting Pot Moms come from many countries, from many backgrounds....including many FAITHS.

I came across a blog that invites women of all faiths to come together, in an artistic forum (scrapbooking) ~ what a fantastic idea! The author was kind enough to let me cross-post the following entry from her blog. To me, the spirit of this article embodies what Melting Pot Moms is all about ~ understanding our differences, and embracing our similarities!


Various spiritual traditions offer a wide variety of devotional acts. There are morning and evening prayers, graces said over meals, and reverent physical gestures.

Some Christians bow their heads and fold their hands. Native Americans dance. Some Sufis whirl. Hindus chant. Orthodox Jews sway their bodies back and forth and Muslims kneel (as seen on the left). Quakers keep silent.

Some pray according to standardized rituals and liturgies, while others prefer extemporaneous prayers. Still others, combine the two. Among these methodologies are a variety of approaches to understanding prayer:

- The belief that the finite can actually communicate with the infinite;
- The belief that the infinite is interested in communicating with the finite;
- The belief that prayer is intended to inculcate certain attitudes in the one who prays, rather than to influence the recipient;
- The belief that prayer is intended to train a person to focus on the recipient through philosophy and intellectual contemplation;
- The belief that prayer is intended to enable a person to gain a direct experience of the recipient;
- The belief that prayer is intended to affect the very fabric of reality as we perceive it;
- The belief that prayer is a catalyst for change in one's self and/or one's circumstances, or likewise those of third party beneficiaries.
- The belief that the recipient desires and appreciates prayer

*(text taken from the ScrapFaith blog)

ScrapFaith is a scrapbooking challenge blog which invites members of all faiths to document their beliefs for future generations. We have an amazing team made up of women from vastly different faiths and belief systems and hope, with each month, that our blog helps us to realize our common beliefs and identify a little more with women everywhere.
We hold two challenges each month (on the 1st and 15th) and participants are eligible to win our monthly prize. In between challenges we highlight elements of different faiths, inspiration quotes and share experiences of spirituality to uplift, inspire and educate. We have had great response from our blog and even non-scrappers choose to write down their feelings on each topic as a written history of their faith.
Please come by and visit this amazing resource for faithful women all across the globe.

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