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You make each day a special day. You know how, by just your being you. There's only one person in this whole world like you. And people can like you exactly as you are.
—Fred Rogers, speaking to his young audience on the TV show "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood"
Like many dynamic institutions, religion can be a source of great evil or unparalleled good. When we grasp God's grace -- or better, when we discover that we have been grasped by that grace -- it makes all the difference for us, and for our children.
You are the people who permit your children and the children of your communities to go into these institutions of punishment. . . . .I wonder what God's judgment will be with reference to those who hold the deposit of faith and who fail in their God-given stewardship of little children."
—Father Edward Flanagan
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
I can only wonder how my life would have been different if there'd been a church around that had loved me for who God created me to be, instead of trying to change me from what it feared I represent.
—Benjamin, who wrote a journalist about his experiences being a a gay teen in his church
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