I am honored to be welcomed so warmly. I have a deep fondness for cats, they get under my skin and I love them a great deal. I won't get into my stance on, ahem, dogs. They say if you don't have anything good to say, say naught. :-) Again Joan, I found your request to be quite a pleasant surprise.
Thank you for the warm welcome. It is good to see that people are willing to be open and inviting. And to answer your questions...
All that spiritualism seems noxious to me.
Then it is probably not the thing you need. For me, it was the thing that pulled me out of the demoralized state being raised in a contentious Fundamentalist community put me into.
What is your understanding at this time of that tradition?
It has been great! Being part of a religious community that puts practice and meaning at its center instead of belief has made it accepting of me as an atheist and part of the community. That their rituals are written around The Provider Cycle puts much of the focus on celebrating the cycle of the seasons and the year.
What do you want to get from atheism?
This is a bit harder in that I had not been thinking of atheism as a sponge to be squeezed for water, but more of a state of being. I am an atheist in that I do not believe in an objective God or Deity. I am, however, a Pagan, in that I believe the Universe is sacred, without anything external or supernatural needed to justify that sacredness.
What I want from Atheist Nexus is easier, in that it has a forum for Atheist Pagans, and being able to communicate with others is desirable. We are a rare breed.
What do you plan to contribute?
Not certain yet, but something. My point of view is fairly unusual, so hopefully I can inspire some pondering.
Hey, thanks for the welcome. I am a newbie to this sort of online forum and hope to be able to get up to speed without getting in the way. As to the music part, my wife is Claire Lynch. She's the musician in the family. I am just an old hack rock and roller who plays benefit gigs for good causes, mostly 'cause it's good to play. Just running my eye down the page beneath where this comment is flowing I see some really interesting conversations. This is encouraging! I am a Canadian (perhaps you already gathered that) and therefor am a different species from the US folks I imagine are involved in this conference. We have a writer up here named Margaret Atwood who said that Americans look at Canada as if looking at a two way mirror. They see themselves in us, while we, on the other side of the glass, see you as completely different from us in most every important way. That said, I harbour no grudges, am the husband of a New Yorker turned Alabamian and all is good. Nice to meet you.
Hello Joan , Yes i could not agree more , the fascists and capitalists of this world are trying to treat other people like they are just slaves to keep them rich instead of distributing the wealth equally .The greed of these people causes suffering and death to others and has to be stamped out ,the only problem is that they have gained power through politics and there cult religions and its hard to reverse what they have done to the world . Colin