This month Rabbi Irwin Kula was invited back to Big Picture Learning to give the keynote address at its annual Principal’s Conference (the only keynoter ever invited back!). Big Picture offers a unique approach to transforming education. Its mission is to lead vital changes in the educational system, both here and abroad, by generating and sustaining innovative, personalized schools that work in tandem with the real world of the greater community.
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"...Osteen holds to an unpopular position while freely admitting that he doesn’t necessarily have the whole picture. If all conversations around gayness, especially when related to religion, held to that approach, every conversation around this typically divisive issue would be safer, wiser and more productive..." More...
From Brad Hirschfield’s Blog on The Huffington Post
Irwin Kula uncovers why our inherited legacies and attitudes about sex inhibit our abilities to have meaningful sexual experiences. Kula introduces his steps to enjoying conscious and sacred sex.
"[Steve] Case observes...[people feel that] they should always be where the ‘real’ action is. That is actually tragic. Imagine going through life feeling that the important things are always happening, by definition, where you are not. I think that is how many people feel about being Jewish...."
"I long for stones to put under my head,
to dream of a ladder that reaches
into the sky, where angels go up and down,
to know that God was in this place,..."
From JWorld Cafe, the Poetica Magazine Blog, 1/16/11
"The word hospital generally denotes a place where medical science, not theology, reigns — at least in this country. Until now people have been able to assume that their health, as defined by them, their doctors, medical science and civil law were the governing issues in any decision-making process. The introduction of religious doctrine into that process was at the patient’s will, not the hospitals’...."
"Who is included in your spiritual or ideological family? Who are your "brothers and sisters"? What is your relationship to those who are not?..."
Excerpts quoted in The Toronto Star, 1/21/11
"Who is included in your spiritual family? Who are your brothers and sisters? What is your relationship to those who are not? Events this week in Alabama evoke all these questions...."
"The redemptive/messianic expectations of any community shape their present realities and behaviors profoundly. In fact, if you show me those expectations, I can almost always tell you how that community is likely to behave, at least if they have to power and opportunity to do so...."