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  1. "If I follow the philosophy of atheism, stoicism, and skepticism blended(and I do, by the way), then am I not entitled to enjoy the exercise of statement of that belief?" I have not read the threads on this board you described and I have not read all the replies to this one, however I would answer YES. I may not agree with you on some topics, but that's what's great about this country. We are all free to have our own beliefs and we are free to express those beliefs. If someone is being respectful of others who may not think the way they do, I think we are all entitled to our beli
  2. I started reading your comment and thought to myself, I know Christians like that as well. I'm glad you added that to your statement. Yes people are complicated and weird. Well said my friend.
  3. I don't understand how all this bickering came out of a wonderfully worded sermon from Dave. This is Dave's opinion and I respect him for that. Personally I also agree with him on the original post. Even if I didn't agree however, it's his opinion. When people start bickering back and forth because you don't agree, it takes away from the meaning of the original post. Can we just agree to disagree and move on? At least Dave put his feeling out there. So some people don't agree. How about those people write a sermon and post it here to express their feelings? That's what this is for.
  4. St. Jude is not Catholic, nor are the affiliated with any organized religion. Danny Thomas who founded St. Jude, was a Catholic however. St. Jude was his personal saint so he named his hospital after him. I do believe the same. I don't care what religion you are, if you are a good person you get my respect. My church hosts Lenten Lunches every year and all the churches in our town take a turn providing the meal and the talk. We always start out with the Catholic church first then figure everyone else out later. Each week no matter what church is providing the meal, it's always attend
  5. It's been a long time since I've been here. I was thinking about taking the Doctor of Christian Ethics course at the seminary. Has anyone taken that one yet? What did you think?
  6. I haven't read everyone's replies on this topic, but I want to say my two cents on the original post. I am not a Catholic, but I am Christian. In my case the Holy Bible is my book in question, and yes I have read it. Having read the book, it makes me question some of the things that I was taught in Sunday School. In my case the book is full of inconsistencies and can never be taken literally. You have to understand what it mean to the people it was written for and question is this "Timeless" or "Timely"? Was it meant for them at that moment or can it be true today. I think that's why over ti
  7. I always love learning new things. Is there some place we can read more about this?
  8. Thanks Rev Calli. I got the feeling with this book that it was very fundamental. I’m more open minded and it didn’t really sit well with me. I think I will look up CS Lewis. I read Mere Christianity but haven’t read the Screwtape Letters.
  9. Has anyone ever looked into Apologetics a child at my son’s youth group gave me a book called Tactics by Lee Strobel. Has anyone read it? What are your thoughts?
  10. Did you ever do this? You will have to tell me where you are. I will definitely stop by and see you when I come down.
  11. I teach safe sanctuary at my church and one of the things we do is talk about the kids behavior. If they are acting out of the norm for them or coming in dirty and unkept that’s another reason to call CPS. In my area of NYS you don’t need proof. You can ask them to do a welfare check on the kids.
  12. Way to go. I wish I had done my brothers wedding now.
  13. OK here’s my confusion. If you look at the ULC‘s websites on the page that talks about marriage is based on the states, it says nothing about New York except for if you were doing a marriage in the city of New York. I was talking to my pastor today and I asked him because he moved clear across state to become the pastor of our church so I asked him, when he moved across state did he have to register with this county in order to do marriages here. He advised me that in New York State pastors don’t register anywhere. So am I correct in assuming that there is no place that I need to register in o
  14. As a Technical consultant I wondered the same thing. I’ve always used an iPhone but recently got an Android. Here are my personal thoughts. Androids can be cheaper than iPhones (good ones like Samsung though are about the same) some androids can use SD cards to add memory. iPhones can’t. Android phones you can save ringtones directly instead of the syncing needed on iPhones. some apps on Android are free where they are not in iPhone. Android is an open operating system (but that also opens you up to more malware than iPhone as wel
  15. Glad to see other Methodists here. I agree. Ministry is a Verb.
  16. Welcome Sherryl. I was ordained in 2007 but am new to the board as well. How are you liking the seminary? I can’t seem to figure out how to enroll.
  17. Lord, be with all those who are in the path of hurricane Irma. Watch over them, help them to know that you are with them. Guide the hands of those will be helping to recuse and clean up from the storm. Please keep everyone safe. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
  18. Can we have a discussion sometime? I read a little about Stoicism but don't totally understand it. I feel if we are all going to coexist, we need to understand each other. Can you tell me more about being Stoic?
  19. Thanks for the clarification Kaman. I never really understood those terms.
  20. You have me there Von. I guess they do.
  21. Respect is earned. I don't feel that people are entitled to my respect. If you felt that way that would mean that they could treat me like a dog and I HAVE to respect them. Nope sorry, that isn't happening. If you want respect you need to show respect.
  22. I guess for me I don't really understand the true meaning of the words agnostic or atheist. Why do you all feel this way? From what I've learned from friends who call themselves agnostic, they feel like they are on the fence. Not sure if they believe or not. As for Atheist, my understanding is that they feel God had no hand in what happens here. Now, I don't want to be ignorant in my thinking or my speech, so can someone help me understand? Am I correct in what I believe these words to mean? Why do you feel the way you do? Keep in mind my questions ar
  23. Thank you everyone for your replies. I think I have applied for ordination with the correct church now and am happy to be here.
  24. In my area we now have plenty of "Non-Denominational" churches. Would that be where the ULC falls?
  25. So when I was ordained by them in 2007 I was not ordained by the proper church. Is there a way to transfer my ordination?