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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

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Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo 7 minutes ago. 6 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

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Comment by Grinning Cat 9 hours ago

Joan, that would especially be nice for a former Roman Catholic cathedral or Mormon temple!

(In fairness, quite a few religious believers are fine with embryonic stem cells, abortion rights, and the full range of normal human sexuality.)

And about the history of the Colchester Arts Centre's site, it was good to read that the organ was moved to another home. Though I'd like to see more organs in secular venues! (It worked for movie theaters 100 years ago, and even after the '20s and '30s, for municipal halls, concert venues, roller rinks, sports arenas, a few restaurants....)

Comment by Ian Mason 9 hours ago

Joan, the whole Bay of Naples is a caldera with 40 craters, all sitting on a huge magma chamber. Oddly, Vesuvius is a separate volcano with its own magma chamber. It's also constantly monitored and the experts say they should be able to give 2 weeks warning of an eruption.

Comment by Joan Denoo 11 hours ago

Ian, I thoroughly enjoy the photos of your trip. The volcano photos intrigue me, especially when remembering the trauma those mountains caused so many people. 

Grinning Cat, I like the reuse of those grand old buildings, turned from places of worship into other uses. I would love to see scientific institutes fill their chambers. Perhaps for stem cell research, or an archive for clinical studies of GLBTQ research. 

Comment by Randall Smith 16 hours ago

Cool pics, Ian! And great ideas for church use, G.C.

Comment by Ian Mason 23 hours ago

Some great ideas there. Here's a place that was a local venue for me when I was a student and is still going strong.

http://www.colchesterartscentre.com/the-venue/

Comment by Grinning Cat yesterday

Found at Hidden City Philadelphia, with plenty of pictures and examples of creative reuse:

Holy Smokes: What Do We Do With All These Churches?

How To Reuse A Church: Our Top Ten

Comment by sk8eycat yesterday

Good idea; I hope that a profit-making business taking over an old church will pay property taxes, and not apply for a "historical site" exemption.

There is a former Baptwit church in Burbank that is now Syrian or Armenian....HUGE piece of prime property.  I don't know how it could be re-purposed into something commercial, but it would make me happy if it were.

Comment by Grinning Cat yesterday

On another note: many people were religious for some time, then got over it. (Much of our present company included.)

This is true of buildings as well! In Albany, this former church got Overit (Overit Media, to be precise):

Hit the link for more pictures. In the article, Overit CEO Dan Dinsmore notes: "No pun intended, but a lot of it isn't 'altar-ed.' We cleaned up the outside, but reused everything inside we could."

(h/t Tom Schott)

Comment by Plinius yesterday

Great pics, Ian!

Comment by Ian Mason yesterday

Sweetness :-)

 

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