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  1. Don't mind if I fall apart. There's more room in a broken heart. - Carly Simon

    (As I have said a few times, given my work with elderly persons with dementia, you have to be willing to have your heart broken, be willing to cry, and be willing to love, or you need to choose a different career path. Sometimes the staff are the only ones left to show these folks love. Yes, I have been torn apart emotionally, especially this past month, where I have lost literally one third of my unit to death - when you hit a population all around a certain age, it can happen like that - but if even one person went to their creator knowing that in their last days there was someone who loved them unconditionally, and wanted them to live as happily as they were able, then every tear was worth it and then some).

    Big Hug for BroDevon.

  2. Gwydion- "calm and confident"...that's excellent and ever so correct. When we are confident we will get to the bottom of an issue, or help a situation in any way at all, that truly does seem to get results. You've probably seen what I have and that is getting the people with the problem involved in their own healing or progressing forward. Once they take the interest and know they can be in control of their own destiny, it's usually not long before handing over the reins to them and letting them drive themselves into a positive future.

    Fawzo- "Ninja Minister"...love it and also inspiring. When someone comes to the crossroads of Self discovery it's a beautiful thing. When we have the opportunity to hear of their struggles and then eventual healing... but they don't know exactly when it began... it always puts a smile on my face. Usually, it's like you said, they heard something or a single thought (seed) was implanted and things began to change in a positive way.

    I don't think there's very many of us who want fame or notoriety or credit for helping our fellow travelers on this planet. I think one of the fundamentals of being a ULC minister (or ?title?) is simply a sower of many good seeds. As we progress, we look back and see many, many healthy crops...and that has to be the biggest reward!

    Blessings Be,

    I can tell from the few short years of conversing with you on-line my friend that you have helped to plant many a splendid garden indeed.

  3. This is true but that being said as sentient beings we have a duty to represent that truth to ensure it is heard and defended to the best of our abilities. It is our duty to take accountability for the truth and if required defend it with our lives through peaceful acknowledgment of it againt those who would attempt to prove otherwise using whatever methods they will, to not defend the truth is to support those attempting to obscure it.

    Says who......if some idiot wants to call a tree a motorcycle am I required to defend the labeling of that tree and stand there and argue with that delusional person .... to what point.

    Living your life by the way of Truth is the best way to dissolve the ignorance of others. That is the light that draws others out of the darkness and towards the light. Truth needs no defense so why defend something that needs no defense, that is like one lighting a match to keep the sun warm. You're wasting your breath and gonna wind up with burnt finger tips sure enough trying to keep the sun warm.

    Others attempting by whatever means to "prove" that what isn't true is Truth is as much as a waste of time as those defending truth. In the End the Truth will be known as illusions and false belief systems fail the test of time. I do believe we are beginning to see that happening within our own lifetimes.

  4. On the other side of Shabbat, we'll get back into this thing, back to the tree and its fruit, back to the snake and Eve, back to just what the heck did G-d mean when Adam was told that if he ate the fruit of the tree that "dying you shall die", which is what the Hebrew literally says, and the punishment meted out to Adam and Eve. Just in passing I will remind you that the fruit of the tree did not impart knowledge as to the difference between good and evil. I have previously discussed that elsewhere on the forum.

    But of course that is just yours and one of seventy interpretations one may come up with ;)

  5. QUOTE:

    3. (A) "If we presume --as some, that there is no afterlife, then why are we (most) clinging to life? "

    3. (B) "If we go with that theory is it not easier and better to end it sooner or later?"

    This reasoning strikes me as counter-intuitive. If I presume that there is no afterlife, then I would most certainly cling to this life....It's all I have!

    I'm also going to live each moment as if it is precious to me and not going to go out of my way to deprive myself or others of any of life's pleasures to please any imaginary invisible friends.

  6. no with exeptions for me... example if i were to go preaching in an unsypothetic country and was arrested and told to stop preaching or face the death penalty i would choose to continue preaching knowing theoutcome. while i would not be picking up the gun and shooting myself i would be making the concious choice to put myself in harms way to defend my beliefs which would cause myself to be harmed....depends on your point of view but is self harm in a fashion.

    One thing about the truth though is that it doesn't need to be defended. It "is" and no matter what anyone believes, thinks says or does it still "is" unblemished and perfect after all is said and done.

  7. I find it hard to imagine that Paul a stranger who never knew Jesus personally was more in tune with what Jesus taught then 11 guys who walked and talked and ate with Jesus for three years and who by the way were 11 Holy Spirit Filled men. Who knows maybe Jesus hand selected idiots to spread his word and had to change his plan.

    I find it hard to accept that Paul's words should be more authoritative then the man Jesus said had final say in matters once he was gone, Jesus's own brother James who was at odds with Paul's teachings.

  8. I believe Paul was an apostle called by Christ, just as the bible says he was. I see no contradictions in his letters to what Christ had taught. Paul's basic mission was to take the gospel to the gentles, and he successfully established many Christian churches.

    Lets see Paul and his friends such as Luke wrote the majority of the New Testament, and his letters may have influenced even the writings of Mark who then influenced Matthew.

    So you basically believe what Paul claims about himself from him and his friends and the only knowlege of what Jesus allegedly taught comes to us from his hand as well. Jim Jones and the founder of Heavens Gate sucessfully founded churches as well which proves little except that people are gullible.

  9. I would have to add that there are certain "pagan" religions that do have requirements in regards to practice or initiation. It's not all eclectic, even though the term "pagan" in the pagan community is often used interchangeably (and erroneously) with eclectic neopagan practices and paradigms largely influenced by Wicca and the New Age movement. It's one of the reasons I don't like calling myself "pagan".

    How about Helio Pagan? Then people's curiosity would get the best of them and they would ask you what the heck a Helio Pagan was and you could get more chances to talk about your belief system :)

  10. Thank you for your holiday greetings. Purim begins Saturday night.

    One more digression before I go on.

    My friend, you have oft times described my ancestors of biblical times as misogynistic -- that is, they hated women. That is a bit of an overstatement. First of all, the sages of Israel taught a man without a woman was incomplete. As they put it, such a man was alone, without hope, without joy, without blessing and without atonement. Furthermore, the sages believed that without doubt women were more inately spirtual than men, and that women were probably inherently more intelligent than men. What they believed, to the detriment of women, was that men were more rational than women because women were: a) more emotional; and b) less in control of their emotions.

    While it would be fair to state the male attitude toward women was paternalistic, and while that attitude might rightly be construed as sexist, misogyny is a bit over the top.

    I use the word misogynistic more in the sense that women were treated as inferior to men. Daughters were sold off to be married without any say in the manner. Women were basically raped and enslaved after their husbands were killed in ethnic clashes. Males were mentioned exclusively in the lineages and numbers of people involved in any event. If I am not mistaken Lot's daughters aren't even given names.

    Lets see off the top of my head I can name Eve, Rachel, Rebecca, Sarah, Ruth, Ester, Bathsheba, Hagar and Queen of Sheba. Not a whole lot of ladies there.

    The denigration of women begins from the very first day they are born. A woman becomes unclean when giving birth to another human being but if that human being happens to be a female child the women remains unclean for twice as long.

    Women had to make offerings to God for uncleaness after mensturating. It's as if she was guilty against God just for being a woman.

    Some of those Jews who wrote the New Testament were also ancestors of yours whose denigration of women is well documented.

    Also of note is the rarity of finding a "good woman" which is rarer then finding rubies....Proverbs 31:10 "A good woman is hard to find

  11. Hi Mate,

    First of all A.J.Drew is not really the best author to read on this subject. He has also converted back to Catholicism and now denounces Wicca.

    But I will answer your question, the best I can. It is believed by some that individual souls choose where they reside in the afterlife, and choose the nature of their rebirth. In New Age circles it's called a 'soul contract'.

    A lot of Wiccans have this general belief, however it's not universally recognised and is not really an established dogma of Wicca.

    Does Wicca even have any established Dogma?

  12. ~ I do apologize for that... I could be sooo wrong.

    I do know that I have a distinct aversion to Frank Sinatra's music & movies, pink taffeta & callas, grand pianos & cliffs above the sea.

    The me now was born in 1960. The me then was, I don't know, 15? He was skinny & pissed-off because I said/did something.

    It's probably just something that never happened. Y'know, pieces of movies, dreams & what-not... Sorry I mentioned it :(

    I apologize.

    No need to apologize. Frank was born in the early 1900's so it is still possible linearally speaking that somewhere between then and 1960 that you two met and had a negative experience in one of your previous lives.

    Or you may know him from even earlier lives as a tottaly different incarnation and have had encounters as well.

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  14. Sam I found it on this page http://www.ulc.co/ca...rters-a-91.html

    Can I visit the Universal Life Church Headquarters? by ULCS pixel_trans.gif

    Yes, the universal life church headquarters is open to the public and church services are held every Sunday at 10am.

    Universal Life Church, Headquarters:

    601 Third St. Modesto, CA 95351

    Hey that is our headquarters....that can't be legal can it?