Photo by Chuck Bowman
Photo by Chuck Bowman

    At the top of the Home Page:
    --Navajo prayer: Beauty all around me
    --Rabbi Goldmark clears it up for me
    --Come to a special night at the theatre

    Midway down the page:
    --St. Patrick: Christ all around me
    --A special evening in the theatre

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Muslim prayer: Light all around me

    And the Last Word: Hosea Balou


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TODAY'S THEME: Striking similarities...
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And now, the Last Word:
Overheard in Sunday School:
The First Commandment is when Eve told Adam to eat the apple.

The Religion Network and Center Theatre Group are co-
sponsoring "Neighborhood Night" at the September 26th
performance of "Doubt" at LA's Ahmanson Theatre.
A limited number of tickets have been set aside that evening for a
private post show reception featuring wine, appetizers and desserts.
Following the reception is a panel discussion and audience Q & A
moderated by Lisa Bowman of The Religion Network.

Comprising the very distinguished panel are:
Ruth Marie Gibbons, IHM (Immaculate Heart of Mary), PhD, was a nun from
1952-1970. Her post-graduate study took place at Tulane, Columbia and
Carnegie-Mellon Universities. She chaired the Theatre Department of
Immaculate Heart College for six years, and taught Speech and Drama at
Immaculate Heart High School for seven years. She taught English and
Drama at Marymount College, retiring in 1992 after being honored as
Professor Emerita.

Father Wilfred "Willy" Raymond, a priest of the Congregation of the Holy
Cross for 36 years, is the National Director of Family Theater Productions,
which has produced many award-winning television dramas and
documentaries. Family Theater Productions also is famous for inventing
the slogan, "The family that prays together stays together." Father Willy,
who earned his Master of Theology degree from Notre Dame University,
speaks three languages.

Sharon Talovic, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, received her Doctorate at USC
and is a Post Doctoral Fellow, UCLA. A staff psychologist at St. John's
Hospital in Santa Monica, she specializes in the treatment of anxiety,
stress and depression. Her private practice is in Malibu and Santa Monica.
She also holds a Certificate of Distinction as a Retreat/Spiritual Director
from the three-year program at Mt. St. Mary's College.

Call for tickets: 213-972-7513    Mention The Religion Network & receive a free show poster!              

Cherry Jones won the Tony Award for
Best Actress for her role in Doubt. She
is reprising her role in the LA production.
Photo: Chuck Bowman
In the house made of dawn.
In the story made of dawn.
On the trail of dawn.
O, Talking God,
His feet, my feet, restore.
His limbs, my limbs, restore.
His mind, my mind, restore.
His plumes, my plumes, restore.

With beauty before him, with beauty before me.
With beauty behind him, with beauty behind me.
With beauty above him, with beauty above me.
With beauty below him, with beauty below me.
With beauty around him, with beauty around me.

With pollen beautiful in his voice,
with pollen beautiful in my voice.

It is finished in beauty. It is finished in beauty.
In the house of evening light.
From the story made of evening light.
On the trail of evening light.
Photo: Stephen Bowman
Recently, I sat down with Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark for an interview. The rabbi leads Temple Beth Ohr of La Mirada
and is
Executive Vice President of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis.
We began with a point of confusion for many Christians.

Question: Rabbi Goldmark, will you please delineate the differences between Reform, Conservative
and Orthodox Judaism?

Rabbi Goldmark answers: "The simplest way to respond is the following: The Orthodox
Jew deals with one word particularly, and that is the term “authority.” Who is the
authority for what I’m supposed to do and what I’m not supposed to do? The Orthodox
Jew would say simply this: It’s God. God gave the Jewish people a set of laws,
commandments. God is the authority. Moses transmitted them from God to us, but God is
the authority. Therefore, how dare us dispute or change the laws when they come from
Reform and Conservative: Let’s use another term – non-Orthodox Jews. What then is
the authority for the Reform and the Conservative Jew? The Orthodox says it’s God; God
gave us the stuff, the laws. We have no right to change them. The Reform Jew took the
radical step, when Reform Judaism essentially began, which was in the middle of the
19th century, in the middle of the 1800s, and said, “Wait..."    
 continued on page 2
I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.
I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me;
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's hosts to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.
Christ shield me today
Against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.

Christian: traditional
Prayer of St. Patrick
Photo by Stephen Bowman
Photo by Stephen Bowman
Photo by Stephen Bowman
Praise be to him who alone is to be praised.
Praise him for his grace and favour. Praise him
for his power and goodness. Praise him whose
knowledge encompasses all things.

O God, grant me light in my heart and light in my
tomb, light in my hearing and light in my seeing,
light in my flesh, light in my blood and light in my

Light before me, light behind me, light to right of
me, light to left of me, light beneath me.

O God, increase my light and give me the
greatest light of all. Of thy mercy grant me light,
O thou most merciful.

Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali (1058-1111)
Persian Muslim philosopher; a Sufi
and scholar of Orthodox Islam
The act of divine worship is the inestimable privilege of man, the
only created being who bows in humility and adoration.

Hosea Balou (1771-1852)
American Universalist clergyman, often referred
to as the "Father of American Universalism"
Navajo prayer for healing

"Doubt” won the 2005 Pulitzer
Prize for drama, and 2005 Tony
awards for Best Play, Best Actress,
Best Featured Actress and Best
Photo by Chuck Bowman
Bill Wright's entire Kabul journal is now in the Archives