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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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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

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.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 The Flying Atheist on April 1, 2014 at 9:00pm

Mindy, I just realized I called you Melinda.

Maybe I'll just call you Sybil

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 1, 2014 at 8:52pm

I'll be your best friend, Melinda.  

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 1, 2014 at 4:02pm

Arpan, I don't have much to add, except Welcome! (Joan's right, we really are like a herd of cats... and a few of us literally resemble that remark!)

Mindy, how wonderful to hear that you made up with your oldest friend!

(Years ago I heard a sermon about the power of forgiveness, the real kind that people give each other. If you can forgive someone, it lets you take the relationship with them from that point forward, rather than having it be defined only by the past.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 1, 2014 at 2:10pm

Hi, Arpan.  Welcome to Atheist/Nexus and to our friendly group.  Diversity is wonderful.   As the saying goes.....variety is the spice of life. 

Comment by Arp on April 1, 2014 at 1:55pm

Thanks Idaho Spud, Patricia and Joan Denoo. I'm glad to be a part of this place.

From your comments, I find this place extremely warm and friendly. If the whole human society was like this, the human civilization would be progressing at a much faster rate. Each of us would have been able to witness much more new stuff in our short human lives than we currently do.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 1, 2014 at 1:31pm

Arpan, Exactly, we value DIVERSITY. We really are like a herd of cats, with no one able to the lead and everyone leading from their perspective. It really is a very stimulating place to participate. 

This is also a place where you can express your ideas and get feedback from others who may or may not agree with your statement. We don't do the usual name calling and put-downs. The power of feedback is it gives you a reason to rethink an issue. You may continue to think as you do and you have a strong reason to back up your thinking. 

There is no belief or faith here. There is thoughtful consideration of whatever topic in which you are interested. 

Jump in, the water's fine, the participants are thoughtful and funny. I think you will enjoy sharing your thoughts.  

Comment by sk8eycat on April 1, 2014 at 12:03pm

The Earth MOVES!  An intelligent review of a play about Copernicus

.http://thinkbannedthoughts.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/and-the-sun-sto...

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 1, 2014 at 11:56am

Welcome Arpan. I can relate to the complication of Atheist Nexus.  It took me quite a while to find my way around.

Comment by Plinius on April 1, 2014 at 9:36am

Congrats, Mindy! It's often not possible tp patch up old friendships, but I'm glad you succeeded!

Comment by Arp on April 1, 2014 at 2:56am

Hello people, just wanted to say hi!

Actually, I find Atheist Nexus much more complicated than I thought initially with so many groups, blogs, and a vast number of members. It is such a diverse network. Reminds me of the diversity of life!

 

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