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Been thinking about faith and identity, and why most labels make me uncomfortable, including (perhaps I should say especially) "Christian."

Meditating using the mantram "Ess Tee Eff Ewe" until my brain takes the hint.

Ordered a copy of Be Here Now, but it's not arriving until tomorrow! What a rip off!

Intermittent fasting 

Yeah, I'm keeping it at 14-10 until I'm back in Pittsburgh.

Tarot, food, fasting, meh 

Yep, definitely a Tower day.

Also, fuck fasting. Today is a 14-10 day, because I say so.

Tarot, silly 

Oh, my bad! I was using this deck. 😆

Tarot, career change 

The number of times the Tower has come up with this career change decision may be unnerving for some (including me), but it's also very apropos for a career transition. I can't become a new person unless I'm willing to overcome (destroy) past limitations and beliefs of who I thought I was and what I was capable of.

Or perhaps I'm stubbornly clinging to the path I believe I'm supposed to be on and heading straight to ruin.


Steve boosted

Covid denialism research question 

Is anybody tracking various anti-public-health memeplexes? I've been seeing (and removing) stickers and placards for one such, in my neighborhood, for maybe a year now. Curious what the landscape looks like and if there's any usefulness in documenting or submitting sightings to, like, SPLC or whoever.

Boosts appreciated!

I've often described myself as a spiritual nomad. Which is complicated when you're trying to be an active member of religious communities, because some times I need to explore other paths and so I go MIA for a bit.

I expect I'll be away from church and sangha for the rest of the year (probably go to church for Christmas though).

Sunday is typically church or sangha. Everything is zoom or hybrid now. Some Sundays I just can't bring myself to zoom any more. So I do introvert "church" for one at home.

Reading a book this morning by someone I went to seminary with, who is now one of the ministers of the church I belonged to in NYC. I feel like I should reach out to him.

Kind of missing NYC this morning, which is a strange feeling.

Shrove Tuesday at seminary we would hold a drag themed chapel service.

My final year I had the privilege of preaching at that service. Here's the sermon I gave. I found myself thinking about this again, because sometimes I feel like all of me is just "too much" for most people. So I have to filter, context-switch, and put on different masks. There's only one living person right now I feel I can trust with all of me. Hopefully one day I'll find a few more.


Cards of the Day:

11/3: 5 of Swords
11/4: 3 of Swords
11/5: App didn't record this one for some reason, and funnily enough, I can't remember the 5th of November. 😛
11/6: 5 of Swords
11/7: 5 of Pentacles
11/8: 3 of Swords

Cut me a break already!

Steve boosted

TIL: the original version of the Serenity Prayer was very different, and much stronger! the modern version that everyone knows goes

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference"

but the original version, as written by Reinhold Niebuhr, is

"Father, give us courage to change what must be altered, serenity to accept what cannot be helped, and the insight to know the one from the other"

three key changes weakened it substantially:

* us -> me
* what *must* be altered -> what i *can* change
* switching the first two clauses, placing the emphasis on serene acceptance rather than reforming courage

If I do end up deciding to go that path, it's going to be a part-time thing as I do something more fiscally sustainable.

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Two days in a row I've been asked in different ways by different people if I had considered restarting the discernment process for ordained ministry.

Today I printed out the Manual on Ministry for my denomination, and I'm going to read through it and figure out if I'm right in that it's not quite the path I'm supposed to be following now.

Today I got a message from a fellow Buddhist in the SGI. They're reopening our local center, but both masks and proof of vaccination will be required.

I'm glad both of my faith communities are taking this seriously and finding ways to gather safely.

Looking at the church website, noticing there's information missing since the site was last updated, wondering if I'm going to say something, realizing that by so doing I might be "volunteering" to do something about it.

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