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AnnieG last won the day on August 27 2016

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  1. Hi Lissy and Stillseekingod There are good guys here, but it is also great to have some non-male company I'm a unitarian and am I think attracted to this board because I see value in Christianity that goes beyond mainstream / traditional beliefs, and think as a person of European heritage (I'm speaking ancestors, as I live in New Zealand) - plus someone who survived a very conservative Sunday school -my life has been and still is greatly influenced by Christianity. Oh, and people have interesting things to say... I'm a Mum of 2 kids, in my 40s Look forward to getting to kno
  2. I'd forgotten that Thanksgiving pops up right now.. For me Christmas is complex. I do enjoy singing along to Christmas carols and sacred music. I like setting up a tree at home. At times I think of the build up to Christmas in terms of the pressure to fit gift shopping, card writing & packing for a holiday into a busy routine. For us it signals the early part of a 6 week school holiday -'the Christmas holidays'- for the kids, and nowadays I worry how I will fit that around my work schedule. Some aspects of my Christmas are similar to yours Paul -my sons are 10 & 13, and in NZ I'
  3. Paul, 100 years ago it was 1916, so I've got to say better. 20 years ago, I'm not so sure. Or is this nostalgia for younger days? Whatever the situation, I do believe in the maxim 'Be the change you want to see in the world.'
  4. Safety is important, but so is community support, the state of the environment and quality of life for the variously employed /'unemployed.' I'm doubtful that any of these other factors are improving overall.
  5. Hi Paul I feel written communication is sometimes like ships passing in the night, with those on board not seeing each other's perspective or destination. And I'm talking about people living in the same era, not centuries apart!
  6. Hi Burl I appreciate having the lectionary posted. It seems to me that the message of v. 17 learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause and the contrast of this with 'iniquity and solemn assembly' is highly relevant to PC aspirations, in spite of thehuge differences in world view from the original audience of Isaiah.
  7. A lot of our congregation members come without their spouses, who don't feel spiritually at home with us, being either conservative Christian or disinterested in this type of faith group. I agree that respecting the spiritual orientation of a partner is vital, if challenging at times. Interestingly our meeting house (built in 1901 as a Unitarian church) has stained-glass crosses on the side window panes.
  8. Hi Bill I can relate to missing the fellowship, in spite of no-one stepping up in your 'dark' times. When looking around for a progressive congregation, I stumbled upon the UU's. It was their friendliness, along with respect for different spiritualities and beliefs, that kept me going back. The lack of Christian focus took some getting used to, but I can now appreciate the plural sources of inspiration speakers use. Annie
  9. Thanks for sharing that, Burl. One of my favorites is Vivaldi's Beatus Vir (Psalm 111: Blessed is the Man that fears the Lord). It somehow seems to capture joy and simplicity. (Will add a link when I 'catch' a new mouse.) Annie
  10. Hi Jen This is interesting! The flood seems a harsh solution. Do you ever provide explanations for the parables? Annie
  11. Please add a poem that speaks to your spirit in some way. For starters, the poem I have on my fridge: This is how a human being can change: There's a worm addicted to eating grape leaves Suddenly he wakes up, call it grace, whatever, something wakes him and he's no longer a worm He's the entire vineyard and the orchard too, the fruit, the trunks, a growing wisdom and joy that doesn't need to devour Rumi
  12. Well-said, Soma. To add more from Rumi : This being human is a guest house.Every morning a new arrival.A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.Welcome and entertain them all!Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,who violently sweep your houseempty of its furniture,still, treat each guest honorably.He may be clearing you outfor some new delight.The dark thought, the shame, the malice,meet them at the door laughing,and invite them in.Be grateful for whoever comes,because each has been sentas a guide from beyond. Jeladuddin Rumi Translated by
  13. Byrch, I guess there are more and less tactful ways of stating any beliefs: compare 'x makes a pretty good case for y' to 'what you say is impossible'. In my case I'm pleased to have moved beyond silence (with people I know well) to stumbling attempts to explain myself Annie
  14. 'By calling ourselves progressive, we mean that we are Christians who.... Recognize the faithfulness of other people who have other names for the way to God's realm , and acknowledge that their ways are true for them, as our ways are true for us.' Having conservative Christian relatives is a challenge for me - a reminder of a mind-set I have passed through; at times a challenge to speak out when I believe certain behaviours and beliefs are unjust. At the same time, this acknowlegement -without judgement- that their ways are true for them, as our ways are true for us is key to understa
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