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  1. Campbell was an academic and those books you mention here aregeared toward that audience, if I remember correctly. Have you tried "Myths to Live By"? I remember it being a lot more accessible. There's also the book version of "Power of Myth." That was the first book I got by Campbell (and Bill Moyers). It's basically the transcript of their interview with lots of amazing illustrations.
  2. Hi Paul, Nice to see The Big Lebowski is abiding in the Land Down Under! I guess that's how the whole durn human comedy keeps perpetuatin' itself across the sands of time...
  3. Hi Annie, We have a fairly inclusive UU group, but "god-talk" and Christianity can be a little touchy. I've given a couple lay sermons (one inspired by Sara Miles' book Take This Bread about her communion experience and another near Christmas last year on whether Jesus is still relevant to UUism *spoiler: I argued he is*) and they were generally well received with one exception (I remember one person bristling at the communion sermon where I said I was still hungry for the communion experience and wondered if there were new, non-ritualistic ways it could be infused in UU food-related activ
  4. Hi Karlfischer, My wife and are pretty much on the same page (or at least in the chapter) when it comes to what we believe. We go to the UU fellowship together, though she and I also had gone to a Christian denomination together as well. Like me, she's interested re-exploring Christian teachings, but we're not interested in joining another Christian church for various reasons. Our kids have been involved at the UU fellowship as they grew up, but unfortuntely there's not a very good teen program there. My wife and I talk with them about our beliefs and ask them about what they believe (
  5. I'm currently reading "Zealot" and believe it's relatively accurate based on my general study of early Chrsitianity. When I studied the New Testament in a master's class, though, we didn't go as deeply into the history of rebellion in Judea as Aslan does. So, like you, I wondered if Aslan's emphasis on the political turmoil of the time was overstated. When I did some some online research, I found a New York Times review of the book written by a professor of religious studies at Yale. Here's what he wrote: Mr. Aslan’s thesis is not as startling, original or “entirely new” as the book’s p
  6. Welcome! I'm a newbie too-bee... Your open-ended, free-flowing approach to ministry sounds very intriguing. I look forward to learning more.
  7. Thank you, Joseph. Yes, the experiential part of religion is what is most important to me. That's why I love what Jesus says about loving something beyond yourself (God) with everything you are, as well as loving others (especially others outside your comfort zone) as you love yourself, being more important than the Law and the Prophets. I'm really glad I found this place. I just wish I could find an offline version of it in the "real" world. Maybe that's what will happen if I manage to get a UU Christian group going.
  8. Hmmm. I thought I knew what I wanted to say until I saw this empty white block looking back at me. To introduce myself: I'm in my late 40s, married, three kids (16 year old son, 14 year old twins: boy and girl). For over a decade now I've been a Unitarian Universalist, but there is a long and winding theological road leading up to becoming a UU. For the first decade of my life, I remember going to church maybe twice back when I visited my grandparents when I was maybe 4 years old. So I never really understood all those movies about Jesus I saw on TV when I was growing up. For me, my m
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