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Posted: Wed 05/22/2013 12:00 AM
This Sunday, Oprah and three of her favorite thinkers—the Rev. Ed Bacon, Elizabeth Lesser and Mark Nepo—are taking a look at our world and current events through a different lens. It's a special we're calling "The Big Picture". Today, get to know the Rev. Ed Bacon!
About "Rev. Ed"
The Rev. Ed Bacon is the rector—or "chief spiritual officer"—of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, a congregation actively engaged in issues such as resistance to war, ending the death penalty and supporting equal rights for gays and lesbians. A passionate advocate for peace and justice, the Rev. Ed's energies focus on leadership in anxious times, peacemaking, interfaith relations, articulating the Christian faith in nonbigoted ways and integrating family, faith and work systems.
The Rev. Ed's Teachable Moments
How to Forgive
When you learn how to forgive, the Rev. Ed says you will know a new degree of freedom, power, energy and even find a new future.
Coping with Conflict
Criticism isn't always easy to take, but the Rev. Ed says how you handle it can be an important step in learning how to relate to others.
Finding Grace in Uncertain Times
The Rev Ed. says fear often obscures our ability to identify grace in our lives, especially during times of unrest. Learn how to recognize it when times get tough.
The Life-Saving Power of Hope
It's the Rev. Ed's favorite story of hope. Find out what happens when a retired schoolteacher volunteers to teach young children at a local hospital.
Staying True in Even the Most Chaotic of Times
We've all lost touch with our better nature at times, particularly when life gets challenging. Find out the one thing you can do to always reconnect with your true inner voice.
8 Habits of Love by the Rev. Ed Bacon
The Rev. Ed says it's taken him a lifetime to learn that embracing love and practicing love is the greatest responsibility we will ever have.
Posted: Mon 05/20/2013 12:00 AM
This Sunday, join Oprah and three dynamic thought leaders for the first in a special series of "Super Soul Sunday" episodes we're calling The Bigger Picture, a panel discussion about today's top global headlines, bringing unique and thoughtful perspectives to world news topics ranging from prescription drugs to terrorism, gun violence and our fascination with celebrity culture.
Tune in Sunday, May 26, at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN, or join our worlwide simulcast on Oprah.com, Facebook.com/owntv or Facebook.com/supersoulsunday.
Posted: Sun 08/19/2012 03:00 PM
Life's biggest questions are easy to ask—and difficult to answer. During their discussion about faith and spirituality, Oprah gets some enlightening answers from the Rev. Ed Bacon of Pasadena's All Saints Church. Watch his answers to four faith FAQ's below!
What is spirit?
Can you be spiritual but not religious?
How can you strengthen your relationship with God?
How can you recognize grace even in life's toughest times?
Posted: Fri 08/17/2012 08:00 AM
The Rev. Ed Bacon shares his favorite story of hope and reveals why everyone has their own message of hope to share with the world.
Then, tune in Sunday for his discussion about faith and spirituality with Oprah on "Super Soul Sunday." Watch it at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN. Plus, watch from anywhere in the world on Oprah.com, Facebook.com/OWNTV and Facebook.com/SuperSoulSunday.
By the Rev. Ed Bacon
When I think of hope, I think of this story about a retired schoolteacher who volunteered to visit and teach young children at a large hospital.
One day, the phone rang and she received her first assignment as a new volunteer. On the other end of the line was the classroom teacher of a young boy who had been hospitalized and needed tutoring during his stay in the hospital. The volunteer teacher took down the name of the boy and his hospital room number and was told by his classroom teacher that this boy had been studying nouns and adverbs in his class before he was hospitalized.
It was not until the visiting teacher got just outside the boy's hospital room that she realized he was a patient in the hospital's burn unit. She was prepared to teach English grammar, but she was not prepared to witness the horrible look and smell of badly burned human flesh. She was not prepared to see a young boy in great pain either. Everything around her made her want to hold her nose, to turn around and to leave faster than she came.
But something inside her kept her from walking away, so she clumsily stammered over to his bedside and said simply: "I'm the hospital teacher. Your schoolteacher asked me to help you with your nouns and adverbs," and she began to teach.
The next morning when she came to work with the boy, a nurse from the burn unit rushed up to her and asked her, "What did you do to that boy?"
Keep reading to see what happened next
Posted: Wed 08/15/2012 08:00 AM
Looking for spiritual lessons in small doses? Watch the Rev. Ed Bacon's Teachable Moments to get faithful insights that will help you live your best life.