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Welcome to Godspeed, the blog of the Godspeed Institute, written by CAER HALLUNDBAEK, award-winning author, educator and communicator on contemporary faith. A founding director of the Institute, she is the host of the popular radio program Godspeed which airs on the Progressive Radio Network and online every week. For inspiration and upbeat conversations with spiritual leaders around the world, visit: www.godspeedinstitute.com.


FEBRUARY 6, 2015 10:48AM

Spirituality and the "M" Word


Dudley Moore:
“I’ve always been rich, and I’ve never been happy.”

Liza Minelli:
“I’ve always been poor, and I’ve usually been happy.”

Geraldine Fitzgerald:
“Rubbish! I’ve ALWAYS been rich, and I’ve ALWAYS been happy.”
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Today, October 4th, is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches. The memory of this icon of peace extends far beyond organized religion, however. Those of you noticing the celebration and blessing of animals this weekend is one extension of his… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 5:55PM

My Afternoon with Seamus Heaney



  “The way we are living, timorous or bold,  will have been our life.”


To me he was Dumbledore. He was Merlin. He was an Irish wordsmith who could capture the heart - and break it.   Seamus Heaney was a great poet and Nobel… Read full post »

JULY 30, 2013 10:28AM

Fear's 6-Hour Window



“Fear is like a giant fog. It sits on your brain and blocks everything - real feelings, true happiness, real joy. They can't get through that fog. But lift it, and buddy, you're in for the ride of your life.”  - Defending Your Life  

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 In this vision he showed me a little thing, the size of a hazelnut, and it was round as a ball.

I looked at it with the eye of my understanding and thought "What may this be?" And it was generally answered thus: "It is all that is
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Prayer makes the soul one with God.  

 –Julian of Norwich


It comes up fairly often on my radio program: 'spiritual, not religious'; 'meditation, not prayer.' I appreciate when guests explain the nuances  that mean the difference to… Read full post »



Prayer is the proper understanding of the fullness of joy that is to be; an understanding which comes from deep desire and sure trust.  

–Julian of Norwich


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Peace and love are always alive in us, but we are not always alive to peace and love.  

–Julian of Norwich



What makes the difference as to whether we are able to remain present and loving during the course of our day?


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 God is the still point at the center.   

 –Julian of Norwich



What is your still point?

What keeps you peaceful at the center, when all around you may be a blur of activity?




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Because of the storms and sorrows that beset us here we often seem to be dead in spirit—as men judge. But in the sight of God, no soul that shall be saved is ever dead, nor ever shall be. –Julian of Norwich


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We need to fall, and we need to see that we have done so. For if we never fell, we should not know how weak we are in ourselves. Nor should we fully know the wonderful love of our maker.  

–Julian of Norwich


Julian of Norwich had her/…

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 Between God and the soul there is no between. 

- Julian of Norwich


This image is called the "Hubble Bubble." It is a photo of a supernova remnant. It is posted here as a way to help illustrate Julian's reflection that there is no distance, no… Read full post »


Our Savior is our true Mother in whom we are endlessly born

and out of whom we shall never come. 

-- Julian of Norwich


Julian's theology of Jesus as both father and mother was controversial in the 14th century church. In God she saw the fulfillment of… Read full post »




Meditation for July 4 and 5:
And all shall be well. And all shall be well. And all manner of things shall be exceeding well.
- Julian of Norwich


So much is happening. So much is always happening. When it appears that the… Read full post »



No soul can have rest until it finds created things are empty. When the soul gives up all for love, so that it can have him that is all, then it finds true rest. 

–Julian of Norwich


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He is our clothing. In his love he wraps and holds us. He enfolds us for love, and he will never let us go.    

–Julian of Norwich


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She found freedom in the narrowness of one room, and her timeless spiritual legacy lives on to be utilized today, every day. 

With her book Revelations of Divine Love, Julian of Norwich became the first known woman to be published in the English language. Written in the 14th century, RevRead full post »

JUNE 28, 2013 11:12AM

Obama and The Need to See Mandela



He met him in 2005, standing in silhouette as the "Father of South Africa" lay in light. Yet Obama needs to see him again.  He needs to be in his presence, to connect with the flesh, on this side of the veil. He needs this so much that the… Read full post »

MAY 17, 2013 2:55PM

Don't Blame Bieber


He screwed up at Anne Frank’s museum, was booed on stage in Copenhagen, and his bus was impounded in Sweden for the cloud of hash smoke that wafted out when the doors opened…  And today, the German government is assessing thousands of dollars in fines for leaving his m

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FEBRUARY 13, 2013 1:03PM

Thees…. ees FEEFTY… muchachos


“Thees… ees FEEFTY… muchachos,”


I growl in my best Banderas. 


This day arrived much too fast 

Flying in from some faraway place

I’ve kept at bay   


For months


As it made its approach 

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JANUARY 10, 2013 1:02PM

Impasse at the Gas Pump


I stepped out of the convenience store where I had gassed up and while returning to my car was met by the firm and irritated voice of a stranger: 

“You know, the next time you pump gas here, could you move your car? I’ve been stuck here the whole time you’veRead full post »

  sandy hook

The need to make this mental connection will become critical in prevention.


As the tragedy and pain of what transpired at the Sandy Hook School in Connecticut continues to unfold, reverberating throughout our nation and beyond – it causes me to wonder about the mental proceRead full post »



In addition to Halloween, today is also the observation of Reformation Day – when, 495 years ago today, Martin Luther posted his list of ethical challenges to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenburg, Germany – and began, perhaps unintentionally, the spliRead full post »


Well, we knew he was aging exceedingly well, as 80's rock stars go.  But this? Perhaps we are just beginning to learn how productive this “working class hero” can be, doing much more than living on a prayer during these years of the nation's economic crisis. 

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After enduring the grueling American Revolution and disengaging from the British monarchy,  George Washington had to suffer the preposterous suggestion that he himself be crowned King.  King.  Of America. 

After slapping palm to forehead on that one, the birth… Read full post »

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