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  2. Seeker

    saw a sign

    See that's just typical of modern society. You get rid of a load of soiled soil by just dumping it in the ground and leaving it for others to stumble across. Is that the legacy we want to leave? Won't somebody please think of the children.
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  4. There was a book published with the translation of it about, at least, a year after it was found. The finding of missing fragments for the Book of Mary happened before that, so it got hidden in the news for awhile. Wish I had gotten it now. There was also a National Geographic collector's edition with all the Gnostic Gospels, which also covered a bit of the Book of Judas. (Again, wish I bought it.)
  5. Key

    saw a sign

    Maybe not, but dirty deeds apparently are. 😉
  6. cuchulain

    One covenant, or two?

    i would read it even in fragments. it always interested me that the man with so many enemies accorrding to the bible...had no enemies write propaganda against him. such a basic tool thaat the romans used regularly, yet not here. i guess its a lack that adds to my disbelief.
  7. Yes, I have been reading your contributions, as well. Well written pieces.
  8. Actually, they did, supposedly, recently find a "Book of Judas". Naturally, it is very old, tattered, and incomplete.
  9. cuchulain

    One covenant, or two?

    i always wonder about the gospel of the only scribe in the bunch and why its missing...even the illiterates of the group had a book. why not judas?
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  11. Songster

    saw a sign

    Is clean dirt dirt cheap.....?
  12. ChristLight

    Hi again

    So glad you are back. May God bless you and your ministry. You have a lot to share.
  13. Love your motto! Wisdom dispelling ignorance.

  14. After a long break, I am back. I am looking to reconnect with past friends and find new friends here in the ULC. I welcome all new ministers here in the ULC. Since we are interfaith, I am hoping to add friends and communicate with people of all beliefs. I am so thankful for the ULC. It is the perfect place to connect with others, continue education, share experiences, and in the process possibly be of help to others.

  15. ChristLight

    One covenant, or two?

    That's OK. Since then, I have posted another couple posts on the Secret Book Of James, which I divided into two parts. I should also post them here in the ULC forum. They are also on my website: https://enlightenmentministriesrevlindahourihan.wordpress.com/. Let me get them on the forum too.
  16. RBurkett67

    Big Win for Religious Freedom and the ULC

    That is truly remarkable. Hooray for us!!!!!
  17. Songster

    Hi again

    Welcome back! May God continue to bless you...
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  19. mark 45

    Hi again

    welcome back.i hope things continue to improve for you.
  20. Dan56

    Hi again

    Glad you made it through all that... Sometimes I complain about trivial things, but as they say; If you've got your health, everything else in life is frosting on the cake. Hope your ordeal is over and your back in good health.
  21. I have been here, on and off for several years. I have in fact, just gotten back into the ULC. My life has gone through some trials over the last year, and I am glad to be able to post on this forum again. Last September I had my gallbladder removed, a routine operation. In October I was feeling less than 100%. I would work one day, then I would be off for two, then back for two. This went on for the whole month of October. In November I got Sepsis (an infection of major proportions), and if I were 20 years older, I would not be posting this today. I was in and out of the hospital for most of November. On December 15th I was awakened by a terrible pain on my left side at 3:30 am. By 8 am I was back in the hospital with two liver abscesses, edema around my heart and lungs and my legs and feet had swelled up twice their size. I was in the hospital from the 15th of December until New Years Eve! Through out all of this, I prayed, and prayed and prayed. My wife spent her time coming into the hospital every day she could, and some very good Brothers and Sisters in Christ visited me often. I was able to receive Communion thanks to my friends. I have been blessed that I have made it through this ordeal. My wife had stayed with me, and God never left.
  22. Sorry for the delay in responding. I've been interested in reading the Nag Hammadi, or Gnostic Gospels for some time now, but haven't had the opportunity to immerse myself into them due to work and family obligations. So, I do thank you in sharing these with your insights.
  23. I was thinking of PowerPoint, also, but it has been so long since I've used it, that I forgot it's name. LOL But, yes, that does have the capability to do what you ask. However, it's format may not be compatible on some systems, so be aware.
  24. Stormbringer

    Creating Videos with Pictures

    Probably be able to get what you want from Powerpoint. If not send me a message and I might be able to help you out.
  25. Often, particularly during public memorial services but also at weddings, we must create a sacred space without "Scaring the Mundanes". Ideally, they should be included if their subconscious allows their energy to interact. But sometimes it's just impractical to traditionally Cast a Circle, cut a door no one will cross, etc, before everyone arrives. I encountered this first at a memorial for my first teacher along the Pagan path. I knew she would want certain things invoked in her send-off. But I had to drive three hours to get to the memorial itself, so getting to the site before everyone else couldn't be counted upon. As I was looking at templates for handouts (had worked with her sons and sister to identify and scan photos, and was going to organize the scanned photos in the program), I saw a gorgeous one with three lit candles for the cover photo -- green, yellow, and red. What's missing? Water, of course. But that brought to mind the "Sword and Staff" emergency Casting -- the element of water is represented and controlled by the practitioner when creating sacred space and invoking that one-person Circle for emergency woods healing. It helped, of course, that her sons wanted the memorial to take place in a state park. Nature is already our Temple. The earth was all around us, there was a steady breeze, and there was a fire in the firepit because it was slightly chilly. Water was represented by the people coming together to remember her. So, I used that template for the handout, and included as part of the wording for the invitation for the potluck after w simple phrase we often used in thanking the Elemental Spirits -- "Go if you must, but stay if you will!" I did arrive after some guests, and as they started handing out the handouts, I held my breath. And I felt their energies, at least those who were invested in the ceremony itself, coming together. The emotions seeing the pictures of this wonderful lady throughout her life set the focus for their energies, and after I briefly spoke then invited people to share stories about her life (primed a few people to know what was coming to give others time to gather their thoughts) the feeling continued. Certain people were obviously not "in the Circle", but they were relatives not approving of her but there because they were expected to be. They had little desire to celebrate her life, so they essentially "weren't there" spiritually. As people departed, their energies left as well, and the nature of the celebration changed among those still present -- the energy of the sacred space, powered and controlled by the emotions of those participating, changed to the celebratory feeling after Cakes and Ale. And as we cleaned up the pavilion, the energies did seem to go where they came from. I don't know if this idea will be helpful to others -- the handout inspired me and let me place a ritual phrase with meaning in her Tradition, but the principles we relied on were duplicated in the location as well. But here in the South, sometimes we still need to go crypto. This worked well, and her family was very satisfied with her sendoff being what she would have wanted. Her sister hugged me, crying, and that made up for all my trepidation in trying to do my first teacher justice.
  26. I definitely think it's a matter of state law, and how they interpret this term on the form: https://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/documents/policy/AD0342_Attachment_A.pdf "A person who is an officer of a religious organization and who is authorized by the organization to perform a marriage". Do they mean a corporate officer in an incorporated church? If you feel dedicated enough to the prison ministry, I know headquarters licenses congregations, in which you could incorporate and be an officer in the incorporated licenced congregation. Do they mean simply a person officially given a role in that organization who is also ordained? ULCHQ will print out a title certificate naming you officially whatever Texas requires. Or they may simply require a notarized Letter of Good Standing. I would probably call the Texas DCJ and ask them exactly what they mean about this provision for "non-Christian, non-Jewish" clergy, by requiring them to state they are "officers in a religious organization". Explain you take perjury seriously, and you want to know if they're essentially requiring you to incorporate. Just what I would do in your situation from dealing with bureaucracy, all not-lawyer and not-Texan disclaimers apply. --- Now, as far as ethics, potential in prison ministry for you to be contacted later or asked to speak about things said to you... If you decide what you feel your role should be based on your own core ethical principles and make those things clear to those who accept your services, I think you will limit your legal liability by setting up your ethics up-front. For example, I probably would tell any person that I wasn't a Catholic priest or their attorney and there should be no expectation of privilege if I were ever subpoenaed to speak about our conversations -- because my faith holds personal responsibility highly, yet doesn't require confession as a sacrament for forgiveness of wrongs. Along those lines, I'd also explain things that my personal convictions would demand me encourage them to admit themselves but if I couldn't be sure they had/would I would feel a duty to report -- credible confession to a crime for which an innocent person is serving prison time, a crime against a child, or a crime against a vulnerable adult. I would probably also state up-front that I would reject outright any request to speak at a parole hearing -- if I felt called to do so I would offer, but I could only do that if I felt Called to do so. That would definitely reduce people seeking my guidance just for testimony later. And finally, I would do as I do with traditional couples -- aside from circumstances demanding expedience and demonstrating commitment (marriage so that a child due to be born in prison or to a parent in prison would be born in matrimony, terminal illness, imminent execution) I would require either a betrothal period (Y&D handfasting) or evidence that prior to prison they had such an established relationship before officiating marriage. I would explain that I felt officiating a marriage was recognizing a bond that already existed, not creating one, and as such I wouldn't just marry anyone who asked -- but we could do a Year and Day handfasting if they wanted. Oh, and I wouldn't accept money, because I don't for people on the outside. Of course, those are the ethical guidelines I feel are correct for my own actions as clergy, in accordance with my beliefs and training. Yours likely will differ at least somewhere. I think that in most cases beyond signing papers without being certain of the language meant in your checkoff box in official papers, etc, and verifying with perhaps other prison ministries in your state the usual allowed duties and looking at your state's law regarding mandated reporting and circumstances under which privilege may be asserted, having a strong ethical code and following it in your activities during your ministry will protect you from liability, legal and spiritual.
  27. Hey, another doomsday prophecy! Not like "we" (mankind) haven't heard that before... Further more some of the "North American VERY TANNED previous land owners" had no problems whatsoever butchering one another (Mayan child sacrifices; and, Iroquois vs. Mohawk genocidal wars come to mind). They "just" didn't have the means (lacking a pack animal large enough to carry a human; and, the ability to make steel) to do so as effectively as "Europeans" do... Bubble burst, move on... please try to stay positive in the mean time.
  28. Hello! I don't know if anyone can help me but I have a quick question. I currently use Windows 7. I wish to group some pictures together and have them play with music in the background. I was able to do so with Windows Movie Maker when I had Windows XP. However this doesn't come with Windows 7. Is there a similar product I can use, or at least another option? Thanks in advance.
  29. This is all unhealthy imaginings. Stop using natives and the past as a deflection for truth and now in the self. Any place you have a population of 8 billion, they go insane and self destruct. Pretending to be big innocent babies as much as beasts. I am VERY TANNED and please stop this charade of using natives as some christ replacement to advertise yourself and everyone a martyr. The way of earth has always been the same. You don't say "here come the bloody brown and black men to destroy the country" Because you are being very phony and hypocrite. Its insulting to all peoples and a complete waste of living time that should be better spent.
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