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When the Blessed One had said these things, he greeted them all, saying, "Peace be with you! Bear my peace within yourselves! Beware that no one lead you astray saying 'Look over here!' Or 'Look over there!' For the Child of Humanity is within you! Follow it! Those who seek it will find it. Go then and proclaim the good news of the realm. Do not lay down any rules beyond what I determined for you, nor give a law like the lawgiver,. lest you be confined by it." When he had said this, he departed.

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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.

Traditional Christians: the tree stays up until the Epiphany.

Me: the tree stays up until seasonal affective disorder is no longer a thing.

Masto church goers.

There has been a threat of violence against progressive churches this week. As "they are an affront to God"

If you somehow go to in person services, please, please, please be careful.

US, Christianity 

And I feel like I need to do something with all this, but I also feel like I'm not entirely sure what, and I'm tired from just trying to survive most of the time.

For now, I just trust that what I need to do will become clear, that I will be guided to where I need to be. 2/2

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US, Christianity 

Every so often I think about how unusual my background is, as a queer computer nerd and progressive Christian who went to seminary thinking he'd be ordained only to come to the conclusion there's other things he's supposed to be doing.

I think about it any time I see any prominent "Christian" presence on the web, and how removed the far right feel from the Gospel. It feels like American Christians have become the modern Pharisees, and the irony is lost on them. 1/2

Couldn't sleep. Ended up listening to Cynthia Bourgeault's audio book Wisdom Jesus. Only 3 chapters in, but I highly recommend.

It was 2005 when I joined First Congregational United Church of Christ in my hometown, effectively leaving behind the Catholic Church that had defined so much of my life up until that point. While I am no longer Catholic, I still find myself sometimes doing very Catholic things, like "praying" to saints. As an educator who went to a LaSallian University, I still sometimes say before a class "St. Jean-Baptiste De La Salle pray for us! Live Jesus in our hearts forever!"

"Church" today is sitting out in my back yard with my Bible and quietly praying for the peace and the socal revolution this country and world needs.

MH-ish, religion, mostly positive ramblings 

Tired. Went outside to get some fresh air and sun.

This world, and humanity, needs a new normal. More community, less "society." Maybe one day we'll find it.

If you ask me why I'm still a Christian, it's because I think that's what was at the core of Christ's teaching. Communal life, lifting each other up, bearing one another's burdens, loving your neighbor as you love yourself.

Election, Nypol, good news 

This is Samra Brouk. The last time I saw her, she was marching. Here, she visits the graves of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony.

She looks like an average person for the place I call home. She's an activist and worked for the peace corps.

Meet the new state senator for NY-55. My district just flipped.

Uspol, hot take 

I do not pray for the health and recovery of fascist leaders.

I pray that they die quickly and God may have mercy on their souls.

- The Gospel of Mary, Chapter 4. taken from A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts. Edited with Commentary by Hal Taussig.

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When the Blessed One had said these things, he greeted them all, saying, "Peace be with you! Bear my peace within yourselves! Beware that no one lead you astray saying 'Look over here!' Or 'Look over there!' For the Child of Humanity is within you! Follow it! Those who seek it will find it. Go then and proclaim the good news of the realm. Do not lay down any rules beyond what I determined for you, nor give a law like the lawgiver,. lest you be confined by it." When he had said this, he departed.

Backyard selfie, ec 

It's a beautiful day and I've cleared some of the overgrowth in back of my house and created a space to just sit and be.

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