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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.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Descartes' OTHER Job

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara 13 hours ago. 4 Replies

Trying to keep your head above water financially as a philosopher must have been hard for Rene Descartes.  Got to make ends meet SOMEHOW, so...!Continue

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The Party of Lincoln Goes South (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 1 Reply

And so they have, in a big way, since Lincoln did his thing 150 years ago.  This business hasn't escaped the attention of American's Best Christian, either, and Ms. Bowers has no problem in holding forth with observations of her own about this…Continue

Tags: south, GOP, Republican, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover Apr 14. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

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Comment by booklover on September 7, 2012 at 4:12pm

Patricia, I love the wait here I have a surprise pic! LOL

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 7, 2012 at 4:03pm

sk8ecat, I like your line about getting the 100 lb bag of buybull manure off your back.  I'm going to remember that.

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Comment by booklover on September 7, 2012 at 3:48pm

The kitten is cute, not the praying part. :) 

Comment by Derek Bly on September 7, 2012 at 3:28pm

Hi Ruth. I'd say it's been a few years since I became a truly born-again atheist. I clung to a few things, New Thought ideas mostly, and the UUF for awhile. With the New Thought, I followed Religious Science International's Ernest Holmes teachings. Then Unity Church. 

Right after the Haiti quake, some folks on a Unity radio show were talking about how negative thoughts brought on by physical hardships of those in Haiti may have caused the quake. I contacted them to talk about plate tectonics. They didn't get. I left. Too much voodoo!

Unitarian Universalism was a welcoming thing. Very open to personal discovery. Rich history. But for sometime I'd been thinking I was using it as a crutch . . . a place to socialize. A few weeks ago the theme for the coming months was determined. The general focus was on what happens after we die.

I'm very confident that I know the answer. Trying to find a comforting spiritual answer just wasn't part of my needs or beliefs. That's when I decided enough was enough.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 7, 2012 at 2:58pm

Thanks, Flying Atheist. Yes, our Hang With community is a great way to be connected no matter where you are.

So, Derek Bly, are you saying that you just became a "born again" atheist this week? I'd be uncomfortable especially with astrology in my social group. Some versions of spirituality completely leave out ghosts, so those wouldn't bother me. Welcome here! We're happy to have you  aboard.

Comment by Derek Bly on September 7, 2012 at 1:13pm

Thanks, Melinda. And thanks for the 'Friend' request!

Comment by booklover on September 7, 2012 at 12:02pm

Derek, so glad you found what you really believe (I mean, don't believe! lol ;)  Have a great weekend!~ Melinda

Comment by Derek Bly on September 7, 2012 at 10:22am

It's a fabulous Friday here in sunny southern Alberta! I'm at work, looking forward to a great weekend with temps in the high 20s. That's celsius, of course!

This was a big week for me. My 'spiritual' journey of the past 30 years took a huge step forward. I've gone full circle from being an out-and-out atheist, through fundie Christianity, liberal Christianity, New Thought, Unitarian Universalism to being a born-again atheist. A few days ago, I advised the wonderful people at our UU Fellowship that I would not be attending any longer.

I appreciate their approach to seeking the truth and leaving it up to the individual to determine what that may be. Their openness and acceptance of anyone and everyone is refreshing. But most still have some kind of belief in spirituality. Some are pantheists. Some follow wiccan practices. Some are into astrology.

Me? I find wonder and beauty in science and the natural world. My attendance at the UUF had come down to being one of social connection. I've faced that and realized I didn't subscribe to any of the beliefs expressed at each meeting. So, here I am . . . a happy atheist who say I am a secular humanist.

 

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