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    Woodworking & photography. Care for the aged, intellectually handicapped, homeless and the emotionally disturbed. Comparative religion, esp. Islam.

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  1. Burl

    Hello fellow PCs!

    I had similar problems with UMC. Some of the better churches I have found are are the Moravians, and the high Lutherans and Episcopalians. The worship services are prayer based (albiet formulaic) but they typically have intellectual focus groups during the week. Some seminaries offer a certificate in Christian studies where you can get the heart of an M.Div. education at a fraction of the cost.
  2. This illusion of self stuff does not really interest me, but this is a good relevant article that is not just philosophical noodling. https://aeon.co/essays/what-can-depersonalisation-disorder-say-about-the-self?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=atom-feed
  3. I don't think the study is out yet, but it does have lots of issues. The entire field of social psychology is a semi-science at best. One of the basic rules of science is it always requires an independent observer. I think this study does point out that eudymonia is commonly mistaken for evidence of truth. Not all truths are pleasant or evidenced by rationality.
  4. Certainly not the last word on the subject, but it points out why one cannot use their own judgment as an indicator of truth when it concerns their own behavior or cognition.
  5. New study on effects of yoga and meditation on personality. https://qz.com/1307380/yoga-and-meditation-boost-your-ego-say-psychology-researchers/
  6. Burl

    Heathens! 2

    My friends send them to me. I call this one, "Jesus! What time is it!?"
  7. Burl

    This Week's Lectionary

    June 3, 2018 Mark 2:23-3:6 The Message (MSG) 23-24 One Sabbath day he was walking through a field of ripe grain. As his disciples made a path, they pulled off heads of grain. The Pharisees told on them to Jesus: “Look, your disciples are breaking Sabbath rules!” 25-28 Jesus said, “Really? Haven’t you ever read what David did when he was hungry, along with those who were with him? How he entered the sanctuary and ate fresh bread off the altar, with the Chief Priest Abiathar right there watching—holy bread that no one but priests were allowed to eat—and handed it out to his companions?” Then Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made to serve us; we weren’t made to serve the Sabbath. The Son of Man is no lackey to the Sabbath. He’s in charge!” Doing Good on the Sabbath 3 1-3 Then he went back in the meeting place where he found a man with a crippled hand. The Pharisees had their eyes on Jesus to see if he would heal him, hoping to catch him in a Sabbath infraction. He said to the man with the crippled hand, “Stand here where we can see you.” 4 Then he spoke to the people: “What kind of action suits the Sabbath best? Doing good or doing evil? Helping people or leaving them helpless?” No one said a word. 5-6 He looked them in the eye, one after another, angry now, furious at their hard-nosed religion. He said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” He held it out—it was as good as new! The Pharisees got out as fast as they could, sputtering about how they would join forces with Herod’s followers and ruin him.
  8. Burl

    This Week's Lectionary

    May 27, 2018 Matthew 28:16-20 The Message (MSG) 16-17 Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally. 18-20 Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”