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TomAllyn last won the day on May 25 2017

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About TomAllyn

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    Loving my neighbors, cooking-especially low and slow BBQ, and saltwater fishing.
  1. I haven’t visited here in quite a while. I’m glad to be back today but don’t know for how long. Frankly, I’m not sure that I fit any labels any more and I’m good with it. I find the contrast from the labels I once fit and where I am today kind of comical. Now I follow the life and teaching of Jesus but for several years have rejected the label Christian, I am a medical marijuana patient (so perhaps Pothead fits lol), I’m involved in social justice activism, and don’t believe I’ve found anything better socially and politically than Socialism so perhaps Socialist. I have people who I love
  2. I'm glad that you caught that I meant "universe" and not universal. I have never damage in my right hand and arm and use dictation software a result. It often is inaccurate and sometimes I don't catch the typos. It is possible that I'm using the wrong terminology but when I say universe I mean everything that exists not just in this world outside of it. I see "God"/Source has both filling all life forms. As I understand source is like water and all life forms like sponges in the water. The water is not a sponge and yet it permeates every fiber of the sponges. At the same time a water g
  3. In my understanding Source is something literal something that fills the entire universal and every cell and atom. Not something I can nail down a definition on though. Yet I believe it animates everything that exists. I also so believe Source is he, she, it, and more all at the same time and it and I believe Source has consciousness and intellect. I never realized I was this much of a philosopher - It that is the correct description LOL. Whenever I think of Source I think of Acts 17: 28 For “In... we live and move and have our being...” This speaks to me!
  4. I'm sorry, but my inner and outer socialist is going to show here. IMO the problem is Capitalism period in the case of world hunger the issue is "factory farming" or more accurately Corporation farming. Farms whose sole purpose and the driving force is making their major shareholders richer. The owners of these farms have never worked on a farm or possibly anywhere a day in their lives they have made all their money via inheritance and by moving money around. They haven't gotten into farming to feed their neighbors they do get up before dawn and quit after dark like farmers historically have.
  5. I'm going to attempt to enter this conversation, but I must admit I have a feeling I have less experience than you all in this kind of discussion and less formal education. The words I quote above caught my attention one trivial reason being they were written on birthday. Secondly, because I would argue there is no such thing as spiritual progress or regress. We are all simply spiritual it isn't something measurable, it just is, like being human. I would say that in my subjective experience the more I experience the unity every human has with Source the more I become loving, gentle,
  6. That video is definitely amazing! For some reason it causes me to think of a question I've asked on numerous occasions outside of here to which no one has ever attempted an answer. That is what if evolution is intelligent design? I feel the need to confess that I believe it is.
  7. I'm not very good at remembering details - I often say of myself that "I miss the trees for the forest" instead of the more common way of saying that. Some of the preferences I have which I will mention are a knee-jerk reaction to the working definition of these words within the fundamentalist circles I came out of. For instance, I don't like to use the following words "God" I prefer Source/Other/Creator almost anything other than "God," I don't often refer to myself as a "Christian" I typically do not give my path a label. I believe Other has revealed his/her/itself in many ways to different
  8. I haven't taken the time to read this thread, but I likely will eventually! Since "God is Love" as I understand it progressive "Christianity" or as I prefer "Progressive Spirituality" is loving ALL your neighbors as they are. The main thing that transformed my life since leaving my old life behinds is the revelation that God loves, likes, accepts, and considers me perfect as I am. That understanding freed me to consider myself the same and that in turn freed me to consider all of my neighbors the same. Which in turn freed me to love and seek their good regardless our differences and when justi
  9. I'm with you - I have more questions than answers now than I thought I once did. Matter of fact having questions I don't have answers to actually feels freeing to me. My having questions and not feeling the need find answers is, even more, freeing for me. How you live being more important than what you believe is a great start - as I understand it is a pretty good end too!
  10. It's kind of strange to me, but I find community among those who don't believe, do not know what they, or simply don't give much thought to it than I do among "believers." I spend a lot of time in the local activist and socialist community and so many folks have questions about my background having come out of a hyper-conservative religious and political to now being on the extreme left. It's kind of funny to me. I belong to the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and after our meets or actions, the young folks always invite me to have drinks after with them. Then they start asking me all k
  11. I've lived in Sacramento, CA for about 99% of my 54-years. I am a former Assemblies of God ordained minister and I haven't attended church anywhere in nearly 15-years. I was pretty much run out of the last Church for loving the people who society and the church often marginalize, disenfranchise, and stigmatize and for exposing the extreme moral corruption of the churches leadership. I'm here because I've often told myself that had I known of had the opportunity to be exposed to John Shelby Spong before I "left" the "ministry" and stopped attending church I might still be in some way part of b
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