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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan 17 hours ago. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Tony Carroll on September 7, 2012 at 8:56pm

Hey guys. Back from work.Long day. Anyway, just catching up with all  the posts. Like FA says, it's just great to know you're all here, and enjoy reading all the posts. For you guys:

Comment by Nayr Namel on September 7, 2012 at 8:25pm
lol it would need to be more powerful than that lol for some reason "three cheers" reminds me of that old spungbob episode
Comment by sk8eycat on September 7, 2012 at 4:57pm

ryan, I think we're all laughing at the pics right now.  Great way to start the weekend (I absolutely adore the Atheist Kitten! I wanna cuddle him/her).

As for my own self, I'm re-reading my collection of Anne McCaffrey's godless "Dragonriders" books.  I've had it up to here with all the political god-blessing everything in sight.  Why can't one person have the backbone to end a speech with something like, "Three Cheers for US!" ????

Srsly.

Comment by Nayr Namel on September 7, 2012 at 4:34pm
HELLOS EVERYBODY..................... whats happening lol
Comment by Derek Bly on September 7, 2012 at 4:20pm

Patricia, I want one of those to hang from the mirror in my minivan.

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.

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 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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