For the record —spiritual is from the Latin spiritus, which refers to breath and life. Early Christians were the first to use spiritus to mean “soul.” The use of spirit to refer to ghosts or other supernatural beings began in the 14th century.

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My working definition of religion is that it’s a discipline or practice —not just a belief system —that enables one to experience, be at one with, or otherwise re-connect to an intangible something greater than the limited self.

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Saint Paul says, “… there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3: 28). The new humanity that we are pointed toward is not neuter or unisex or even oversexed, all of which make love impossible. In Christ we are whole, one, in union, integrated, wholly holy. That is the final product of the Spirit’s work of making all things one. It is the consummate achievement of God in Christ who reconciles all things within himself (Colossians 1: 20) and invites us into the ongoing reconciliation of all things (Ephesians 5: 20).

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