Hang With Friends

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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Discussion Forum

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly yesterday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 7, 2012 at 11:37pm

Be true to yourself first! Indeed.

Comment by Derek Bly on September 7, 2012 at 11:29pm

Ruth, thank you for your comment.

I agree socializing is an important part of being human. But I came to realize the only reason I was attending the UUF was because i like the people . . . even though I wasn't on the same page about spirituality. In a way, I was pretending I was simply to hang out with them. I've let them know I still want to stay in touch, but I need to be true to myself and that means not attending their services anymore.

Comment by Steph S. on September 7, 2012 at 11:26pm
Yeah Ruth - I'm glad you got out of an abusive relationship early - you were so smart to see the signs. No one should take abuse of any kind. It is good to socialize - I agree. So, I am always here it seems - on the Nexus with all of you. So glad to have you!
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2012 at 11:18pm

Tony, lovely, evocative words and image. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2012 at 11:18pm

Ruth, thank you for telling your story and comments about socializing. You were wise, young. 

Comment by Steph S. on September 7, 2012 at 11:17pm
I love the poem you wrote Tony! Beautiful!
Lovely photo too!
Comment by Tony Carroll on September 7, 2012 at 11:12pm

Getting ready to go to sleep. Have to get up and go to work tomorrow. A little something for all of yoy, my friends.

28 Days

     He gathers. For 28 days he gathers. Roses, orchids, lilys, carnations, any and all flowers he can find. For Selene. His Selene.

     For he knows she is lonely. Achingly, torturedly, excrutiatingly lonely. And only his gift, lovingly offered, holds the pain in check, renews the spirit, allowing her to wax and wane, shining in the night sky.  For 28 days.

    For tonight he will gather his gift, mount the Pegasus and ride. Ride her moonbeam hair to her cold mansion of reflected glory, and lay, at her feet as she slumbers, his gift of renewal.

     Then to return, to rest but for a moment, only to gather again. For 28 days. For Selene. His Selene.


Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 7, 2012 at 11:11pm

Derek Bly, I don't see socializing as a crutch. We human beings need to socialize, it's not a bad thing. However, Atheists haven't created a  huge variety of concrete opportunities to socialize. Were a UU church near enough, I'd be tempted to try. But woo might drive me out. I experimented with UU for a year as a college senior, but I'm more discriminating now.

Good for you sk8eycat, for bailing on the engagement. I bailed on my first engagement when my fiance showed symptoms of being an abuser after several months. Never regretted that either.

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 7, 2012 at 10:05pm

Joan, as usual, anytime. Whatever I have is yours, repost away.

I'm with the mule. I LOVE parfait!! LOL. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2012 at 10:00pm

Tony, wonderful cartoon. I am reposting!


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