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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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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller 2 hours ago. 1 Reply

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

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 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

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

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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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.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 7, 2012 at 9:33am

Good morning to everyone.  I haven't said it before, but I have the same sentiments expressed by Melinda (booklover) yesterday.  I really enjoy getting up in the morning, drinking my coffee, and catching up on all the comments from all the wonderful people here.  Since I travel for a living, I'm gone for a few days at a time.  That's why I pop in and out.  But I ALWAYS enjoy catching up with the goings-on.  Thanks for all the photos, videos, jokes, comments and rants.....I enjoy them all.     

Comment by Plinius on September 7, 2012 at 6:58am

Ha Sk8eycat, that sounds like a 'loving xtian husband' to me - the arrogance of those types! Small wonder that you didn't stomach the doormat-training! I got a doormat-training from my fundie parents - rebelled, of course, but later I had to unlearn quite a lot!

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 7, 2012 at 6:00am

Morning all. Hope you had a good nights sleep. Ready to head out to work. Will see ya'll later. Have a good day.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 7, 2012 at 4:04am

Chris, surprisingly, it wasn't painful at all.  By that time I was SO angry at him ...he was trying to control practically every move I made; where I went, who I talked to, even what I talked about.  And I was angry at myself for trying to be his doormat.  It was a relief.  Similar to the feeling years later when I finally got the 100-pound bag of buybull manure off my back.

Comment by Plinius on September 7, 2012 at 3:33am

Thanks for sharing Sk8eycat, I love escape stories! But it must have been painful to walk out.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 7, 2012 at 2:53am

Joan, may I Copy your "evolution" post, and e-mail it to some of my friends?  The Judeo/Christian myths are so outrageously unbelievable when you stand back and compare them to the simple logic of natural selection.  That was one of the main factors that turned off my efforts to believe about 50 years ago.  I just couldn't swallow the "Jesus" stories any more. 

I was also taking Catholic instruction at the time because I was engaged to a Catholic, and conversion was a condition for making the engagement official, and going ahead with the wedding.  I had never heard of unconditional love at that time. But I nearly gagged at the transubstantiation dogma..."drink my blood, eat my flesh"...ew...started thinking for myself for a change, and realized that he was trying to force me to be somebody I wasn't.  So I told him to marry somebody else, and never regretted it.

And I kept on reading and learning.  And having fun.

 

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