Tag Archives: Reinhold Niebuhr

Living the Serenity Prayer: Acceptance

The Serenity Prayer has a long and rather mysterious history. The first three lines were made popular by  Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 -1971), as part of a 1934 lecture. The modern prayer is several lines longer. In 1941, the prayer was … Continue reading

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Living in Realistic Optimism: Hope

When I worked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, I collaborated on educational programming with a psychologist who taught “realistic optimism.” He encouraged people to be practical about coping with their diagnosis, dealing with symptoms, and planning their futures. For … Continue reading

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Prayer for 2014

LIVING AS APPRENTICES I’ve been teaching a class on the Twelve Steps and Spiritual Formation this winter and will start the class with a new group in early January.  (I’m using the book Breathing Under Water by Richard Rohr – … Continue reading

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