Newsletter #17 - The Church of Spiritual Humanism
January 29, 2004 - Philadelphia www.SpiritualHumanism.org
IN THE NEWS
U.S. doesn't lead world
WISHING OURSELVES a Happy New Year should be automatic. After all, the United States is the only nation that claims happiness to be its citizens' right. Alas, according to the World Database of Happiness, we barely make it into the top 10 of the world's industrialized nations in terms of life satisfaction. Overall, the natives are happier in Iceland (No.1!), the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Ireland, Belgium and Great Britain -- as well as down under in Australia. The problem is that, much as we seek it, happiness can't be purchased, and it doesn't just happen. Enter the scientific community, which has decided to explore the ingredients of joy. Britain's venerable Royal Society recently sponsored a two-day conference to explore the "science of well-being."
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In the end everyone is responsible for their own happiness. If you are not as satisfied with life as you would like, you must make the effort and learn the skills to meet your personal goals. We live in a society that could be happier. Through volunteering and community service we can help others who in turn will pass along their good fortune. Quick and easy solutions don't work, and sometimes goals must be changed to be more realistic. But happiness is possible and worth it.
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In general we will ordain without weighing a person's past history of trouble with the law. There are exceptions and, of course, we reserve the right not to ordain all applicants. It's possible for guilty people to change and everyone should have the opportunity to become a better person. However if a person is already ordained and then commits or is convicted of a crime they will most likely be expelled from the clergy.
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