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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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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

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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

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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

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Comment by Steph S. on June 25, 2013 at 11:33am

Well I had my test yesterday. I am so behind on here. I keep trying to catch up. Professor is giving us lots of projects and work to do.

I hope everyone is doing OK.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 24, 2013 at 9:27pm

I bought it used, Patricia. I have managed to work out what must have happened but still annoying.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 7:22pm

Patricia, I understand not everyone is interested in a daily dose of this kind of stuff. 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 24, 2013 at 3:10pm

DAMN AND BLAST! Was enjoying a novel (Making History by Stephen Fry) when I discovered that there's a section of 50 pages missing and a section of 50 pages twice. Right in the middle of the book, the crux, the turning point of the story. Obviously a cock-up at the binders and very frustrating.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 24, 2013 at 9:11am

Calvin has a point, Ian! (Throughout Calvin and Hobbes, he certainly exuberantly relishes the moment!)

"Suppose this is all we get" is addressed beautifully in Why Won't God Heal Amputees -- Chapter 28 is a good starting point for those who don't need to be convinced that God is imaginary and death is real.

The author also sees the prospect of churches minus delusion as a good thing, at the end of Chapter 30:

Having recognized that God is imaginary, what happens to churches? [...] They continue to exist because they perform a useful function. [...] communities of people who enjoy each others' company, who help one another in times of need, and who focus on goodness and good deeds for the benefit of society as a whole. What's not to like about that?

A few "unchurches" like this already exist, including the "atheist church" in London, and Humanistic Jewish and Ethical Culture groups. (Too bad the word "synagogue" already has a theistic meaning: even though etymology doesn't fix the meanings of words, I'd rather have a positive word from "bringing people together" than a negative definition from "not the house of the Lord".)

Comment by Ian Mason on June 24, 2013 at 7:35am

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:56am

Patricia, I have been spending a lot of time on "Politics, Economics and Religion". You might want to take a peak, but it is not a place to go for fun and games. I focus on issues of importance to me. It is not a very popular site, but I don't care, I just want to have my say. 

I come here to refresh and renew. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:52am

You probably have heard of the Banshee, the old Irish scream that comes out of the night that foretells an eminent death. Banshee and Sheelanagig have the same root word. 

Banshee 

Sheelanagig

The Sheelanagig celebrates woman's sensuality. That is what May Day is all about, a gigantic sex orgy. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:48am
Oh Ruth, you should have been on the trip with feminists to Ireland, looking for ancient goddess sites. The Paps were really interesting when connected to the stories Padraigin McGillicuddy told in her Gaelic accent. We did a bit of the old Irish dancing and singing, learned a few ancient songs.
We found an ancient Shelanagig carving on a very very old ... temple isn't the correct word, but a building used during the days of Leprechauns and fairy circles. When Patrick came to Ireland he had all the Shelanagig's destroyed. He saw them as obscene, I guess. They were just a primitive people expressing their appreciation for the finer things of life. As so often happens, one spiritual faith destroys any remnant of an earlier faith.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:30am
Angela, what a nice trip you describe. Flying with your daughter must give some kind of thrill, maybe a bit of anxiety? Love the serendipity of bread and jam.
 

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