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4/20/06 12:43 am - rhonan

Unitarian Universalists: The Uncommon Denomination

12/23/05 09:39 pm - rhonan - God Rest Ye, Unitarians

"God Rest Ye, Unitarians" by Christopher Raible:

God rest ye, Unitarians, let nothing you dismay.
Remember there's no evidence there was a Christmas Day.
When Christ was born is just not known, no matter what they say.

O, Tidings of reason and fact, reason and fact,
O, Glad tidings of reason and fact.

Our current Christmas customs come from Persia and from Greece;
From solstice celebrations of the ancient Middle East.
This whole darn Christmas spiel is just another pagan feast.

O, Tidings of reason and fact, reason and fact,
O, Glad tidings of reason and fact.

There was no star of Bethlehem, There was no angels' song;
There couldn't have been wise men for the trip would take too long.
The stories in the Bible are historically wrong,

O, Tidings of reason and fact, reason and fact,
O, Glad tidings of reason and fact.

Ganked from msanborn

12/13/05 02:37 pm - rhonan - In Praise of Forgiveness

Clemency was codified into law as a religious way to praise those who find redemption. If we do not offer life (imprisoned life, but still life) to one who has worked hard against the mistakes he himself was prey to... what can that say about us as a society?

Even should we be forced to consider this from a less moral angle, it is more expensive to put someone on death row and execute them than it is to hold them in prison for more than 50 years. Think of it, a full life in prison costs the taxpayers less than putting someone to death. Shouldn't we save our tax money to help our community? Shouldn't we save our money to give to our schools, to equip law enforcement, to make our communities safer and happier? Shouldn't we refuse to pay one more cent for these criminals than we have to?

For all of you: may you recieve all the forgiveness in your life that you would grant another.

RIP Stanley Tookie Williams.

From tyrsalvia

12/2/05 02:44 pm - rhonan - Living Under Fascism By Rev Davidson Loehr

Living Under Fascism
By Rev Davidson Loehr

You may wonder why anyone would try to use the word “fascism” in a serious discussion of where America is today. It sounds like cheap name-calling, or melodramatic allusion to a slew of old war movies. But I am serious. I don’t mean it as name-calling at all. I mean to persuade you that the style of governing into which America has slid is most accurately described as fascism, and that the necessary implications of this fact are rightly regarded as terrifying. That’s what I am about here. And even if I don’t persuade you, I hope to raise the level of your thinking about who and where we are now, to add some nuance and perhaps some useful insights.

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8/30/05 06:08 pm - rhonan - Interesting article from the Advocate...

Faith-based equality
What would Jesus do, indeed. Hundreds of straight religious leaders are coming out in support of gay men and lesbians—both in speaking to their congregations and lobbying lawmakers

By Sarah Wildman
The Advocate, September 13, 2005

In November 1980, Steve Clunn was a 19-year-old with two dreams: become a minister and see Ronald Reagan get elected president. He remembers thinking that the 40th president was just the conservative force needed in the United States to “keep the queers out of the classroom.”

A quarter century later, Clunn has come full circle. He is pastor at First United Methodist Church in Schenectady, N.Y., and one of the state’s most outspoken supporters of gay and lesbian rights.

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8/30/05 04:06 pm - rhonan - We Are Born!

We are the Seattle cell of the Unitarian Jihad, and our motto is: "Sincerity is not enough."
We have heard from enough sincere people to last a lifetime already.

Just because you believe it's true doesn't make it true.
Just because your motives are pure doesn't mean you are not doing harm.

Get a dog, or comfort someone in a nursing home, or just feed the birds in the park. Play basketball. Lighten up. The world is not out to get you, except in the sense that the world is out to get everyone.

We are Unitarian Jihad. We will appear in public places and require people to shake hands with each other

"There is only God, unless there is more than one God. The vote of our God subcommittee is 10-8 in favor of one God, with two abstentions. Brother Flaming Sword of Moderation noted the possibility of there being no God at all, and his objection was noted with love by the secretary."

We support:

The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth;

A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process;

The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

See the article that started all this "sincerity is not enough".

Brother Garrote of Forgiveness.

The temporary ad-hoc Lj organis/zational commitee agree 8-7 that persons posting unreasonable demagogical or overtly ideological fruit-loop like behaviours will be banned.

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