Depending on which survey you trust, 10-33 percent of Americans self-identify as being “spiritual, but not religious.” Beginning in the last two decades of the last millennium, this societal phenomenon has become the subject of research as well as common in the language of our culture, like it or not! I find this troubling because the implication of this increasingly popular expression goes beyond “either/or” such that the spiritual/religious identities are not only distinctive from one another but also are exclusive of each other. Whoever and whatever we are, it sounds like the objective is to “dis” the other, and I don’t think that should be the case. In fact, my intention is to make the case for the opposite.
If you’re dreaming of a wet Christmas, you may be in luck. The National Weather Service Office in Chanhassen says there is a slight chance of rain and sleet before 3 p.m. Christmas Day, then a slight chance of rain between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., then a slight chance of rain and snow after 4 p.m.
Steve’s story: I was extremely fortunate that I had wonderful childhood holiday traditions. The youngest of four, those traditions were pretty firmly in place by the time I entered the scene and my family, thankfully, tolerated me as the newcomer. My parents understood the importance and power of ritual, and how it made our family stronger.