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Newbie [05 Jun 2008|09:08am]
ladycurry
I just joined this community and thought I'd say "Hi"!  :)

~Curry
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[02 Nov 2006|04:58pm]

firewheelvortex
Hey folks, check this out: "How Many Republicans Does it Take To Screw In A Light Bulb?" It's on the Huffington Post Contagious Festival and it features my latest political tee shirt:


Click to see the Punch Line!


and if you note the terms granted in the Contagious Festival entry, you will realize that you are empowered to steal the graphics and even use them commercially!

So get out there and make some republican feel CONSPICOUS!

I


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Mod Post - Promotion [15 May 2006|11:39am]

voiceinmyhead
I would like to promote this community. Does anyone have any ideas on how??

I think it's a great place for theological debate. What do you think?
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Thought you guys might find this one interesting. [19 Apr 2006|02:26pm]

allilm
Sunday, April 16
Exclusive! A special Easter Edition on faith & politics with Sister Joan Chittister, Rabbi Michael Lerner, author Jon Meacham, Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Rev. Richard Neuhaus, and Pastor Joel Osteen. Plus, a Meet the Press Minute with Rev. Billy Graham.


If you're as interested in politics and religion and how they sometimes intertwine for the good or bad, you might find this week's Meet The Press interesting - http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=74840240&s=143441&i=4341898

I agree with much of what these religious leaders have expressed and I've found Sister Joan Chittister, especially, to express many of my opinions really well.  I found it especially interesting to hear the Sister and Priest disagree on at least one matter.
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problems [17 Apr 2006|07:11pm]

melodicartistry
im not sure how to ask this question. cause im not sure how to explain the feelings...


You ever feel like you start to lose your Christian-ness? like the arguments of every one else against your faith can some times easily ware you down and make you doubt your faith? How do you know the people arguing with you are not the ones that are right?

and ... does this make me a weak person?
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The Mystery of Jesus and Judas [06 Apr 2006|11:23am]

voiceinmyhead
[ mood | curious ]

Did Jesus Ask Judas to Betray Him?

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Rabbi Lerner on America’s Spiritual Crisis [03 Apr 2006|09:14pm]

mmaestro
[ mood | motivated ]

Yesterday, I attended a service at The First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque, where Rabbi Michael Lerner was giving a sermon.



Rabbi Lerner spoke at length on what he believes to be a great spiritual crisis within America, a crisis that the left has completely failed to address, giving the religious right free reign, and unnecessary political victories. He outlined what has occurred in America, why this must be addressed, and how the religious right has used this crisis to take power and control the conversation. He also spoke about the beginnings of a movement within the left and centre to try to take back this discourse, address the spiritual crisis within America, and defeat the religious right.

Join me below the fold for my summary of Rabbi Lerner’s thoughts.Collapse )

Cross Posted to Street Prophets, Daily Kos, and my livejournal.

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Pat Robertson sneezes... [30 Mar 2006|01:05pm]

mmaestro
[ mood | pissed off ]

and it's a major news story. Via Street Prophets, from the UCC's new Accessible Airwaves blog:

Last December, do you remember when 115 mainline religious leaders and church members were arrested in Washington, D.C., during a last-ditch effort to draw attention to then-proposed cuts to the Federal Budget that would affect millions of low-income Americans?

Of course you don't remember. The major news networks didn't cover it.

In February, during the World Council of Churches' 9th international assembly in Brazil, do you recall when several mainline U.S. church leaders apologized to Christians around the world for not doing more to prevent the start of the U.S. war in Iraq?

Of course you don't remember. The major news networks didn't cover it.

And, last month, do you remember when a delegation of mainline religious leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., to demand an end to government attempts to curtail church-oriented travel to Cuba?

Of course you don't remember. The major news networks didn't cover it.

Or what about last week, when the mainline churches' Church World Service, a broadly ecumenical humanitarian relief organization, called on the U.S. Senate to adopt a `compassionate' immigration reform policy?

Of course, you don't remember. The major news networks didn't cover it, either.

Yet ... two days ago, when the Religious Right leader Jerry Falwell chided a Minnesota city for allegedly evicting the Easter Bunny, Associated Press covered it.

And, also in March, when the Religious Right leader Pat Robertson called Muslims "satanic," Newsweek covered it.

And, in New Orleans, despite the millions raised by mainline denominations and the hundreds, if not thousands, of organized work camps deployed to support rebuilding efforts, it was the Religious Right leader Franklin Graham who appeared on CNN's Larry King Live (twice!) to talk about his ministry there, along with the Religious Right organization Campus Crusades for Christ, profiled on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 last week.
And, of course, the UCC's new Ad has been rejected by all the major networks, variously for being too controversial, religiously themed, or advocacy (now someone needs to start logging all the other advocacy and religious themed ads that get shown - they do have to apply these standards equally, and aren't). ABC rejected the ad, amusingly, because there wasn't a disclaimer making clear that no one was hurt during the making of the Ad. Did these people watch the Superbowl ad lineup?

Sometimes, when you stop and look, it's quite incredible the stranglehold the right has on the airwaves. Sadly, that extends to religious issues too.

X-Posted to my livejournal.
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Belief [30 Mar 2006|07:23am]

melodicartistry
[ mood | dorky ]

Good morning every one.

I was talking to one of my friends the other day, about a conversation I had with a mutual friend of ours. She was irritated about the fact that people (like me, aparently) can believe in things with out, and/or DESPITE scientific facts and figures. We both agreed that this was an absurd thing to feel confused or irritated by, as we felt that the whole concept of belief is that you believe in some thing with out the logical reasons, the scientific facts, or the hard evidence. The whole essance of believing in some thing is because its in your heart, and you know it to be true. and when you believe it, you believe hard. It is not dictated by science, or logic, and certainly not other people. And I believe that belief can give you the power to achieve any thing.

So I ask, (and im sorry if the subject has come up, im still kinda new)

What is belief, and what does it mean to you?

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[29 Mar 2006|09:57am]

mister_wolf
So, I'm bored and curious: What are people's favorite books of the bible?

Mine:
James, for destroying the idea of 'Cheap Grace"
The Gospels, for reasons that should be immediatly obvious. I mean, I joined up because of that guy.
Job, because it is amazingly beautiful.

Cross-posted, because this is an experiment.
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Life [29 Mar 2006|06:39am]

voiceinmyhead
In your opinion: What's the meaning of life?
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offense [28 Mar 2006|03:27pm]

voiceinmyhead
Would you take offense if someone had the following quote in their signature?

"I don't want to start any blasphemous rumors but I think that God 's got a sick sense of humor and when I die, I expect to find Him laughing."  -Depeche Mode

Just curious. If you would be offended, would you please share the reason why?
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Praying Fiddler style [21 Mar 2006|01:07am]

melodicartistry
[ mood | cheerful ]

Hey every one ^_^

I think this is my first post .. is this my first post? I dont know, i was a moron and stayed up all night last night and now im disoriented. so forgive me if you cant understand a word of this. o__o

Hi, either way. oh! thats right, I also run the Bubble comic.

So I was wondering about how people pray. I tend to talk to God, sort of like in a conversation. Its very casual most of the time (though not always). Sort of like Tevia from Fiddler, just ... talking. Like you would talk to a friend. Its certainly the most comfortable, and probably the most friendly, really. My boyfriend even said that one of his churches encouraged this way ot talking to God. I was wondering what every one else thinks?

Thanks for your time!

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Worried, torn and weary. [20 Mar 2006|11:50am]

uu_bornagain_lv
[ mood | terrified ]

I am so torn. I am actually bisexual, but Christ comes waaaaay before my gender preference. (In case you are wondering, it wasn't always that way, particularly when I was neopagan.)

I have an online "friend" who tells me we are undeserving of God's love and that we are all sinners, and that homosexuality is a sin, though the person who commits that sin is still deserving of our love (though not God's). When I talk to this person I feel miserable. I feel terribly depressed and confused, as if I can't be who I am, and as if it just isn't right to love and be loved!

Tell me if I should dump this "friend" and move on. I feel I should. No words said. I don't feel like a war of words!

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Pondering [20 Mar 2006|06:32am]

voiceinmyhead
[ mood | stressed ]

Why is it that we only call upon God when we are in need instead of being more thankful for what we have been given?

I am stressing today and was praying this morning to be less stressed and for the next three days to go well, and it just got me thinking.

What do you think?

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[17 Mar 2006|02:02pm]

bbbudies
hey, im sorry if this isnt aloud. ^_^;; just delete it if it is.

I make a little comic-y thing... i call it bubble bible buddies. its just some light-hearted feel good comic with a bible theme. hope you like it.

again, sorry if this is against the rules!
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Hello. *tiptoes in, scared* [17 Feb 2006|03:20pm]

uu_bornagain_lv
[ mood | nervous as all get out... ]

Hi.

I'm Lee.

More about me...Collapse )

Well, I won't keep you all here. I hope you all do not hate me, but accept me in the spirit of Matthew 7:1....

"Judge not, lest ye be judged."

Lee (aka Ryna, aka Althiriel)

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[30 Dec 2005|12:44am]

driven_by_eros
i wonder,

are there any get-togethers or something similar in sorts in the boston/new england region?

i would love to know.

thanks,

xoxo becky
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Homosexuality and the Bible [22 Dec 2005|01:27pm]

jiffyschnapps
Cross posted in lgbtx. I would love your thoughts on this rather long entry. Just trying to keep myself honest as I continue to study sexuality and faith.

I think everyone should read The Good Book by Peter Gomes. It is actually pretty interesting and I am having a hard time putting it down. IT discusses biblical hermeneutics, interpretation, intent and principles and then uses these guiding principles to address things from slavery to temperance to women to anti-semetism to homosexuality. I was totally on board with him except that I think he uses some of the weaker arguments in regards to homosexuality. I'm writing about this in part because sometimes it is important for me to reevaluate me position, and someone accused me of being complacent recently so now is as good a time as any, but also because I think it is worthwhile to take part in this discourse in a community. Just to know if there are others who have good critique to my logic. Finally, the Bible is important to me and it has been a while since I have brought it into my writing here in my lj. So, here are some things I believe in general and/or do agree with regarding Gomes' theory:

blue ribbon to anyone who reads all this!Collapse )
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Operation Home for the Holidays [05 Dec 2005|01:21am]

weresolipsists
Hi! I'm writing to let you know about a little anti-war performance I did
with my family over Thanksgiving weekend. I heard about this lady on the
radio doing it (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5021524)
and we copied it.

We took toy soldiers and put a label on them that says "bring me home from
Iraq for the holidays" and we placed them all over stores -- in Best Buy and
the supermarket - and then customers or employees find them on top of
granola bars or iPods, etc.

The idea is to confront consumers for a brief moment -- to ask them to think
about Bush's approach (failure!) and what they're going to do about it. It
also offers an encouragement to other activists, citizens of conscience, and
military families, in that someone is doing something to bring soldiers
home!

So, it's extremely easy (and relatively cheap) to do! Look for toy soldiers
at your local dollar, toy, or department store, glue them on to some paper,
and write/print "Bring Me Home from Iraq for the Holidays," then walk around
stores and leave them (in)conspicuously on shelves!

We're psyched, we wanna get it in blogs and news media and work a snowball
effect and have this protest-performance-action sweep the nation, and be the
next Cindy Sheehan anti-war strategy.

I've started a blog to keep track of where these are popping up. Please
send in pictures of actions you've done (or seen):
http://homefortheholidaysaction.blogspot.com/.

in peace & solidarity,
"Femme Egale"
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