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The younger generations are avoiding marriage


By:  @petey-coober, 6 days ago
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Latest By:  @petey-coober, 4 days ago

The younger generations are avoiding marriage Here's just one video of many on this topic : Six Reasons Why Men Are Avoiding Marriage, with Helen Smith, Ph.D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoXQf2f2Yxo [jrEmbed module="jrYouTube" youtube_id="BoXQf2f2Yxo"] By contrast women are taking the lack of interest in marriage in a frivolous way : Aubrey Plaza Is Ready For The Zombie Apocalypse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G43qDl9DXfQ [jrEmbed module="jrYouTube" youtube_id="G43qDl9DXfQ"]... 
 
enoch
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Sabbath Peace - A Taste of the World to Come


By:  @enoch, 3 weeks ago
Comments:  39
Latest By:  @enoch, 5 days ago

This article presents various aspects of the Sabbath observance in my heritage. In the comments section, please do share any special days you celebrate in your religious and/or humanitarian traditions which add to the sanctity and meaning in your lives.   In my tradition, we celebrate our Sabbath from an hour prior to sundown Friday to an hour after sundown (or when there are three stars in the sky) Saturday night. It has been said that as we Jewish People keep the Shabbat (Sabbath)... 
 
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Awareness of Mortality. Participating in Life More Fully


By:  @enoch, one week ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 5 days ago

How can the awareness of our own mortality motivate us to live our lives most fully, abundantly, ethically, meaningfully and humanely?   Our good friend John Russell wrote a most interesting article entitled "Life After Death". We are indebted to him, and to all who contributed original thoughts and related anecdotes on this topic of universal import. This raises another issue. I offer this narrative for your consideration and discussion. We know we are not forever in this... 
 
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Life of a Kumari Goddess: The Young Girls Whose Feet Never Touch Ground


By:  @community, one week ago
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Latest By:  @kavika, one week ago

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Life After Death


By:  @johnrussell, 2 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @xxjefferson51, one week ago

You die, laying in bed, your last breaths slowing and slipping away. Everything stops.  Then shortly thereafter you feel your "self" rising from your body and entering a plane of undifferentiated consciousness, yet a place where you retain your individuality. A place beyond description. You are dead but you are you. Life after death.   On a scale of 1 to 100, how surprised would you be that had happened ?  
 
krishna
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Minnesota Town Gets Veterans Memorial Covered With Satanic Imagery


By:  @krishna, 2 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @krishna, 2 weeks ago

This monument will soon join a cross and other veterans' memorials in a public park.  (The Satanic Temple) Monuments don’t just say something about the people they honor—they also reveal information about the values the people honoring them hold dear. And in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, a debate over just those values has resulted in a somewhat unlikely structure: a pentagram-covered veteran’s memorial donated by the Satanic Temple. As Christopher Mele reports for  The New... 
 
hal-a-lujah
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/05/09/nun-at-school-for-deaf-children-allegedly-helped-priests-abuse-students/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=BRSS&utm_campaign=Nonreligious&utm_content=361 It’s not often that a story involving the Catholic Church and sexual assault shocks me, but this is one of them: a nun in Argentina is accused of helping several priests rape children at a school for the hearing impaired, and covering up their crimes. Investigators began looking into... 
 
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An alternative religion 4 U: The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster!


By:  @krishna, 2 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 2 weeks ago

  Another parody religion,  The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster  (FSM), whose followers are referred to as Pastafarians, chooses to “believe” that the world was created by a deity known as the Flying Spaghetti Monster.   A response to the teaching of Creationism and Intelligent Design in our public schools, the idea behind  FSM  is that if one religion can be taught in schools, why not all religions, no matter how ridiculous?   Pastafarians are generally thought to... 
 
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Stephen Fry faces blasphemy probe after God comments


By:  @randy, 2 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @johnrussell, 2 weeks ago

Police in the Republic of Ireland have launched an investigation after a viewer claimed comments made by Stephen Fry on a TV show were blasphemous. Officers are understood to be examining whether the British comedian committed a criminal offence under the Defamation Act when he appeared on RTE in 2015. Fry had asked why he should "respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god who creates a world.... full of injustice". He later said he was not "offensive towards any particular... 
 
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Lotz warns Christians to get ready for the Rapture


By:  @xxjefferson51, 3 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @xxjefferson51, 2 weeks ago

CHURCH Lotz warns Christians to get ready for the RaptureFriday, April 28, 2017 | Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com) Select Language​▼ Anne Graham Lotz speakingEvangelist Anne Graham Lotz is sending a dire reminder to Christians that the Rapture can be just moments away, and warns that failing to be prepared for this “trip” – as the world enters the Last Days – is a tragedy. The daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham says that just as she make a checklist every time... 
 
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An elementary school assistant principal is suing her school district for violating her First Amendment rights after the school allegedly sent her to a "lower performing" school as a form of retaliation for bringing yoga to her students. Bonnie Cole, now the assistant principal at Mableton Elementary in Mableton, Ga., introduced yoga to students at Bullard Elementary in Kennesaw, Ga., in 2016 as a way of teaching "de-stressing" and "mindfulness." Parents, however, criticized the... 
 
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Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community


By:  @bob-nelson, one month ago
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Latest By:  @katpen, one month ago

Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:24 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Original article by John Burnett - npr ------------------------------------- The Rev. David Buck sits next to the Jesus the Homeless statue that was installed in front of his church, St. Alban's Episcopal, in Davidson, N.C. John Burnett/NPR... 
 
hal-a-lujah
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Religion explained


By:  @hal-a-lujah, one month ago
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Latest By:  @sixpick, one month ago

See the video below. (Maybe one day the mobile platform will be fixed so that the fully functioning editor works when posting an article.) 
 
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Doing What's Right Rather than what is Expedient … Good People will Find a Way


By:  @community, one month ago
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Latest By:  @randy, one month ago

The First Night of Passover seems as good a time as any, to talk about the difference between doing what may comply with "the law," and "doing what is ethical and humanistic," even when ethics and law are in conflict. Under the Nazis … during the time known as "The Holocaust," the "law" in Germany made genocide "legal" and the act of protecting Jews from the gas chambers … "illegal".   Righteous Gentiles and Holocaust Rescuers Some non-Jews stood up to the Nazis, and helped... 
 
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Spring Holiday Greetings and Well Wishes


By:  @enoch, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, one month ago

Spring is a time of renewal. A time to celebrate new life. To those celebrating the Freedom Festival of Passover (Pesach) I wish you a joyous and meaningful Passover holiday. Chag Pesach Sameach. A Zissen Pesach. To those celebrating Easter I wish you a joyous and meaningful Easter holiday. Anyone celebrating any other spring event, religious or humanitarian I wish you well. Kindly share what you celebrate this spring, and how. Its good to well wish others here too.... 
 
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Why I Dine With, Do Business With and Pray with Women and Men Alike


By:  @enoch, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 2 months ago

Because we are all children of the same G-d. Because we are all equally beloved in the eyes of the Divine. Because it puts a smile on the Holy Countenance when we get along because of, not in spite of our differences. Mesechet Sota 17(a) When husband and wife are worthy the Divine Presence is with them. Pirchay Avot 3:13. He (G-d) delights in those who delight in the spirit of their fellow creatures. In your tradition, religious or secular, what is there which supports the... 
 
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Who is my neighbor?


By:  @bob-nelson, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, 2 months ago

Original article by Fred Clark - slactivist ------------------------------------- Two general rules about Jesus stories. No. 1: You don’t want to be the guy asking “Who is my neighbor?” That seems like a reasonable question, in the abstract. But in the context of Jesus stories, it’s not — not abstract and not reasonable. Jesus has already made the answer perfectly clear in every other Jesus story — in every other story told by or about him, every collection of his sayings,... 
 
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You Can’t Be Christian If You’re Not Caring For The Poor


By:  @bob-nelson, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, 2 months ago

Original article by Benjamin L Corey --------------------------------------- People often falsely assume that the word Christian has a clear, singular, meaning but that’s not necessarily true. There’s “Christian,” which refers to a particular religion of over 41,000 different denominations or sects who disagree on what Christian means. Then there’s “Christian” which can refer to a nationalistic religion prevalent in America. And then there’s “Christian” the way I like to... 
 
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Pastoral Resources for Immigrants and Refugees


By:  @randy, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @1ofmany, 2 months ago

  "We all agree that our nation has the obligation to secure its borders and establish criteria for who is permitted to enter and how long they are permitted to stay. In a post-9/11 world, we all agree there are people both inside and outside our borders who want to hurt us. We share a common concern for our nation’s security and the safety of our loved ones.  But our approach to all these issues must be consistent with our ideals. America has always been different — some would say... 
 
krishna
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Do Glass Pipes, Incense Prove Teens Are Practicing Shamanism?


By:  @krishna, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @buzz-of-the-orient, 2 months ago

(An "Oldie but Goodie" from The Onion News Network) [jrEmbed module="jrYouTube" youtube_id="fc9JzvuvNkA"]    
 
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Don't Judge Books By Their Covers


By:  @enoch, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 2 months ago

Recently we endured three feet plus of snow over 72 hours in a late winter storm. It started Monday night. That morning the brother of a motorcyclist passed on to the world to come. The earliest we could hold a Memorial Service and Internment Ceremony was the following Thursday afternoon. The family asked me to officiate by conducting both Services.   In freezing temperatures on frozen ground with snow and ice up to our mid legs over 90 motorcycle group (gang) members... 
 
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A Convincing Holy Book? Not Possible.


By:  @bob-nelson, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, 2 months ago

Original article by Bob Seidensticker - Cross Examined ------------------------------------- Here’s a thought experiment. Say you’re a strong Christian. You’re comfortable arguing for your position. You don’t think much of the atheist arguments that you’ve seen so far, and you’ve seen quite a few. Now you come across a holy book from some other religion. It’s an English translation from an original written in a long-dead language from a foreign culture. What could the... 
 
bob-nelson
Original article by Benjamin L. Corey ------------------------------------- Anyone who has ever read the Old Testament knows there’s a lot of laws listed in those books– over 600 to be exact. In many circles of Christianity there’s often much debate as to what degree, if any, a Christian ought live by these laws. In the past when I have suggested that Christians are not obligated to abide by any of these laws at all, commenters will often quickly object, saying that... 
 
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Jesus said some are born gay.


By:  @community, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, 2 months ago

Some Christians confidently assert that God did not create homosexual people "that way." This is important because they realize if God did create gays "that way," rejecting them would be tantamount to rejecting God’s work in creation. In pressing their “creation order” argument, some Christians are fond of saying, "God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!" To bolster their position, they often cite Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:4-5, where he responds to a question about whether divorce is... 
 
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