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God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Feb 19. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 29, 2015 at 2:51pm

Thanks for the pictures of your trip, Ian.

Nice repurposed church buildings.

Hubby is improving every day. The c diff is gone. He's even started doing a few chores again, though he still uses a walker.

I actually got time to look at news and cheezburge today. :)

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 26, 2015 at 2:29pm

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 on May 26, 2015 at 2:21pm

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 on May 26, 2015 at 12:49pm

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 on May 26, 2015 at 7:31am

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

Comment by Ian Mason on May 26, 2015 at 12:11am

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 on May 25, 2015 at 9:21pm

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 on May 25, 2015 at 8:49pm

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 on May 25, 2015 at 6:02pm

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 on May 25, 2015 at 10:41am

Great pics, Ian!

 

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