This essay is from a larger draft I am working on.
On February 14, 1990 NASA engineers turned the Voyager 1 spacecraft back toward our home planet for one last look. Approximately 4 billion miles away and 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane, Earth can be seen floating off in the distance as an infinitesimal point of light, a crescent only 0.12 pixels in size. It was this picture that astrophysicist Carl Sagan made famous, he saw the pale blue dot and reminded us,
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I have fallen deeply in love with the term “religion” even though for many it is problematic. Many of the things we religious folk have done in the name of our goddesses and gods are terrifying to confess. “Spirituality” has become a term my friends are now using to reframe the conversation. For them this term sings of something mysterious and transcendent. It’s the word many are using to describe the really Real and yet really hard to explain. I like what they’re doing but must confess, I’m head over heals for religion.
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