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 October 22 - Growing in Faith: Lectio Divina and Contemplative Prayer
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Last week we considered centering prayer as one method that prepares the soul for the reception of the gift of contemplative prayer. Another proven method of prayer is lectio divina. Lectio divina are two Latin words that mean divine or sacred reading.

Most people will use the Sacred Scriptures for lectio divina. The method consists of simply taking up the Word of God and reading it slowly and cherishing its meaning and application for our daily lives. Lectio divina serves as a method to prepare the soul to receive the gift of contemplative prayer because it allows us to focus our attention on the Word of God. Centering prayer uses a sacred word as an expression or focal point of our intention, whereas lectio divina provides a text that helps us to focus our attention.

In reality, lectio divina works well with centering prayer. When we are tired and afflicted with problems, lectio divina can launch us into centering prayer, and when necessary, we can go back and forth from lectio divina to centering prayer.

I would argue that the goal should be to get to the point where we use only centering prayer as our launching pad into the amazing inner world of contemplative prayer. But, even if we are profoundly spiritual people with a habitual life of prayer, there will be moments when lectio divina will be necessary, even if it is for a short period of time during our daily time set aside for prayer. Tiredness, dryness and distractions are a part of anyone's spiritual life. We are human.

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 October 15 - The Future, as Imagined by Google
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

In Eric E. Schmidt's future, his life will be a lot easier. His bed will wake him up when he cycles out of R.E.M. sleep. A driverless car will take him to work. Returning phone calls, scheduling events and other routine tasks will be taken care of by devices using artificial intelligence. A microrobot he swallows will monitor his insides and alert his doctor if something is wrong. At night, a robot will go to parties in his place. "He'll have a good time and report back in the morning," said Mr. Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, speaking Monday at the company's Zeitgeist sales conference in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Mr. Schmidt was describing to Google's biggest advertisers and partners how technology can change the world, from tracking financial assets to education to measuring the results of nonprofit initiatives. Some of the things he mentioned, like universal language translation and artificial intelligence, are Google projects.

More important than making his daily life easier, he said, technology will open up the world to people who have never been connected, like those in developing countries. "Imagine going from no information to all the world's information with one device," he said. "No textbooks to all textbooks. No language to all language."

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 October 19 - EU leaders agree to one banking overseer
 Article: Onr World Government

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday balked at providing aid directly to Spanish banks on the second day of a two-day summit in Brussels.

EU leaders on Thursday agreed to create a single banking overseer for the eurozone that could aid ailing banks, but Germany and Britain balked at some details and on Friday Merkel pronounced aid for banks dead in the water for now, The New York Times reported. "If recapitalization is possible, it will only be possible for the future," Merkel said after the two-day meeting.

The 27 EU heads of state and government agreed "on a political framework for the end of 2012 and a gradual implementation in 2013" of a new EU single supervisory mechanism, European Commission spokesman Olivier Bailly said after the first day of a two-day EU leaders' summit on resolving the eurozone debt crisis. The commission is the EU executive body. The European Central Bank was put into the framework as the region-wide banking supervisor, officials said, formalizing an arrangement the leaders agreed to at a summit meeting in late June.

The new system would be phased in next year starting Jan. 1 and likely cover all 6,000 banks in the 17-nation eurozone by Jan. 1, 2014, an EC official said. It is intended to break the connection between banks and governments at the root of the euro crisis.

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 October 21 - More Brits Believe in Aliens Than in God, Survey Claims
 Article: Rising Interest In The Supernatural

The number of those who believe in extraterrestrial life is significantly higher than those who believe in God in the United Kingdom, a survey commissioned by a new alien-themed video game claims.

The survey, for which the "XCOM: Enemy Unknown" videogame hired market research agency Opinion Matters to conduct, suggests that 52 percent of U.K. adults believe UFO evidence has been covered up because widespread knowledge of their existence would threaten government stability, as opposed to 44 percent who say they believe in God.

Around 10 percent of the country also claims to have seen a UFO, with almost a quarter more men claiming to have done so than women, the survey indicated. It also suggested that about 20 percent of the country believes UFOs have landed, while over 5 million U.K. residents believe the Moon landings were faked.

Nick Pope, formerly of the British Government's Ministry of Defense UFO Project, said he believes the survey results. "Just 20 years ago, religion was a huge part of life in the U.K., and this shows just how much attitudes have changed," he told atvtoday.co.uk. "Belief in the alien phenomenon is now more widespread than ever, with many wondering how we and our governments would react to the news that aliens existed."

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 October 24 - Brian McLaren tour focuses on inter-faith relations
 Article: Emerging Church

Emerging church leader Brian McLaren will be visiting six English cities this winter.

He'll be picking up on the themes of his new book, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? The tour has been organised by Greenbelt in partnership with book publisher Hodder & Stoughton.

McLaren will be joined in each city by a faith leader from a non-Christian faith tradition. Together, they will explore Christian identity in a multi-faith world and respectful engagement between the faiths.

The six dates are:

Thursday 29th November 19.30- St Martin's in the Bullring, with music from Jasmine Kennedy.

Friday 30th November 19.30 - Manchester Cathedral, with conversation with Robert Cohen and music from Jasmine Kennedy.

Saturday 1st December 19.30 - Turbine Hall, CastleGate, with conversation with Professor Mona Siddiqui and music from Gareth Davies-Jones.

Monday 3rd December 19.30 - Woodlands Church, with music from Miriam Jones.

Tuesday 4th December 19.30 - Central Hall, with conversation with Mohammed Ansar and music from Miriam Jones.

Wednesday 5th December 19.30 - Oasis, Waterloo, with conversation with Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand.

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 October 24 - Oregon scientists make embryos with 2 women, 1 man
 Article: Cloning And Genetic Engineering

Scientists in Oregon have created embryos with genes from one man and two women, using a provocative technique that could someday be used to prevent babies from inheriting certain rare incurable diseases.

The researchers at Oregon Health & Sciences University said they are not using the embryos to produce children, and it is not clear when or even if this technique will be put to use. But it has already stirred a debate over its risks and ethics in Britain, where scientists did similar work a few years ago.

The British experiments, reported in 2008, led to headlines about the possibility someday of babies with three parents. But that's an overstatement. The DNA from the second woman amounts to less than 1 percent of the embryo's genes, and it isn't the sort that makes a child look like Mom or Dad. The procedure is simply a way of replacing some defective genes that sabotage the normal workings of cells.

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