I'm Steve. I'm something of a spiritual nomad. I belong to an interdenominational church (UCC, Disciples, UMC, and PC). I'm also a member of the Soka Gakkai International. I've also been influenced by Paganism and Hinduism, so I'm all over the place. "Double-belonging" doesn't quite capture it for me.
I enjoy non-canonical scripture, as well as reading scripture from all sorts of different traditions.
I'm glad to be here.
I don't always agree with Gardiner Bryant, I'm definitely to the left of him politically, but, this is very well done and I have a great deal of respect for him now.
video CW: uspol, religion mention
The Church (Cult?) of MAGA.
The church I attend is fairly progressive intentionally racially integrated.
I went and I listened to a lot of pain, a lot of sorrow, a lot of fear. I am white, and I did not speak; I listened.
And I heard black people defending the need for police and condemning riots, and a lot of fear and sorrow and weariness.
I was pained to hear it, as a radical Marxist, and I was humbled to hear it, as a white man, and I fought the urge to remove myself from the meeting.
Ritual, routine, accountability
Need to get more disciplined, so I need a scheduled routine.
5:00 - wake up
5:05 - passage meditation [30 minutes]
5:35 - prayer [whatever form and however long feels appropriate]
Do not look at phone before 6:00.
7:00 - morning gongyo [30 minutes]
19:30 - evening gongyo [30 minutes]
21:00 - bed
Religion mention, Christianity, punctuation
I have to admit the ,,, in place of traditional ellipses has been growing on me, partly because it reminds me of the God is Still-Speaking campaign of the United Church of Christ, the church I joined back in 2005 when they became the first mainline protestant denomination to support same-sex marriage.
They used the symbol of a comma, and the quote by Gracie Allen, "Never place a period where God has placed a comma,"
One advantage to the pandemic and quarantine, regardless of where I am, I can go to church, and even visit the churches I used to belong to because internet. Currently about to watch the youtube livestream service for Judson Memorial Church in NYC, while I am quarantined in Plymouth, MA.
Interestingly positive: "Why did god create atheists?"
Spotted elsewhere without captioning, a Facebook posting from religiousragings:
"There is a famous story told in Chasidic literature that address this very question. The Master teaches the student that God created everything in the world to be appreciated, since everything is here to teach us a lesson.
One clever student asks "What lesson can we learn from atheists? Why did God create them?"
The Master responds "God created atheists to teach us the most important lesson of them all - the lesson of true compassion. You see, when an atheist performs an act of charity, visits someone who is sick, helps someone in need, and cares for the world, he is not doing so because of some religious teaching. He does not believe that god commanded him to perform this act. In fact, he does not believe in God at all, so his acts are based on an inner sense of morality. And look at the kindness he can bestow upon others simply because he feels it to be right."
"This means," the Master continued, "that when someone reaches out to you for help, you should never say 'I pray that God will help you.' Instead for the moment, you should become an atheist, imagine that there is no god who can help, and say, 'I will help you.'"
(credited to "Tales of Hasidim vol. 2 by Mar")
As an atheist, it pleases me to read such understanding. 👌
A few years back I made a road trip to the southwest, and spent 4 days at this temple in Nevada. It is one of the most peaceful, beautiful places I've ever been to.
M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary NYC, Congregationalist Christian (United Church of Christ) and Nichiren Buddhist (Soka Gakkai). Queer, ex-Catholic, and heterodox af.
Main account @rantingsteve
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