Rev. Calli

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  • Birthday 01/31/1957

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  1. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    Greetings to you my brother, My way got rid of them immediately. Your way took six months. Seriously tho, much of the doctrine and practices of the JW's I am very familiar with, having done much research on Escatology and denominations that stressed the coming last days while I was in Seminary. For a time, the denomination was also pretty strong in the Milwaukee area, having their missionaries out every Saturday and some weeknights going door to door. When I owned my coffee shop, they were even known to come in there to try to Proselytize. Even after telling them multiple times I'm ordained in the Methodist church and very unlikely to change my views, they were adamant. Finally, I resorted to the big guns. Fortunately, they didn't take me up on my offer. It would have been hard to explain to my wife In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  2. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    Greetings to you my sister, While I am indeed a pretty committed Christian, I absolutely detest, as you put it, the Saturday morning door-knockers Most of them, since I don't subscribe to their understanding of the faith, refuse to consider me to be a Christian at all, and do not hesitate to tell me all about it. So one day I took a lesson from the "Blues Brothers". and offered to purchase the youngest lady of the group of three who had come to persuade me to read a copy of the Watchtower. They have not been at my door since. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  3. Smart Phones

    Greetings to you my brother, I have had both Android and I Phones. In my experience, I have had fewer issues with the iPhones then I ever had with an Android. For me, (and my wife) the problems with Android phones always seemed to be that the batteries were subject to premature discharge. From what my son (who is a computer geek told me) the Android phones were more prone to continually have programs running in the background that ate up battery life. I've had my iPhone 6 now for 2 years with never an issue. Battery still can go a day without recharging, and I use the phone frequently throughout the day. In solidarity Rev. Calli
  4. respect, dignity and grace

    Greetings to you my brother, While each state in the US has different rules regarding driving while intoxicated, here in Wisconsin people convicted of a first offense has to do pretty much what you do in the Netherlands. The cost is about the same too, with the additional consequence of having their drivers insurance premiums go sky high. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  5. respect, dignity and grace

    Greetings to you my brother, Thank you for your very wise illustration of what can be possible when people are treated like people, even when they are being punished. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  6. respect, dignity and grace

    Greetings to you my brother, Not exactly. My proposal is that prisons should be very agreeable places, where those who have proven that they cannot live in normal society be placed in the most humane setting possible because they will not be leaving it. Most people thou, IMHO, can be rehabilitated outside of prison if we would devote our resources more to rehab than to punishment. But we should also rethink what the behaviors are that should even be considered criminal. Such as, oh I don't know, things like possession of Pot. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  7. respect, dignity and grace

    Greetings to you my brother, For most people, I don't think prison is really the answer. IMHO opinion, there are only a very few true sociopath's who would literally need to be locked up forever. Better opportunities for livable wage jobs, better mental health services, decriminalizing certain substances, these would be much more effective, and more humane, then what we have now. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  8. respect, dignity and grace

    Greetings to you my brother, I believe I would have to disagree with you. Respect is due to all people. We are all children of God. Now respecting someone doesn't mean you agree with their actions, or that you even give approval. Not does it mean that people should not be held accountable for their actions. But it does mean that even when by their actions someone is subjected to correction and punishment, it must be done in a way that respects their fundamental humanity. Some years ago I read a book titled "The New Centurions" by Joseph Waumbaugh. In it, one of his main characters, a police officer in LA nearing retirement, talked about his ideas for the prison system. He believed that prisons should be very agreeable places, in fact, and I believe this to be a verbatim quote "we should supply them with all the booze, drugs and broads they want, just as long as we keep them locked up where they can't hurt anyone else." I actually kind of agree with that. People who have proved they cannot live in free society should be restrained, but their imprisonment should be as kind and agreeable as we can make it, because they are never getting out. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  9. "Spooky" Science & Reason

    Greetings to you my brother, Thank you for citing the different translations these wordings appear in. They do indeed give a somewhat different perspective of the act of Creation. Again do support the idea that creation is a continual act. In Solidarity, Rev. Calli
  10. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    Greetings to you my brother, I am reminded of a quote by Woody Allen. "I don't believe in an afterlife, but I am taking a change of underwear." In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  11. Greetings to you my brother, Life would be very dull indeed if we all agreed on everything. The trick (when we do disagree) is to do so in respectful and loving ways. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  12. "Spooky" Science & Reason

    Greetings to you my brother, Sounds fair to me. That's not in any translation I am aware of. But since I believe God is continually in the process of creation, it fits well with my personal theology. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  13. "Spooky" Science & Reason

    Greetings to you all my brothers and sisters, Actually, Genesis is TWO creation stories stuck together in the same book. One from the Northern Kingdom, one from the Southern. Neither one of which should be taken as, forgive the pun, gospel truth, in so far as they should not be taken as historical and scientific fact. But, I do believe that the main point, the God created the heavens and the earth, is indeed correct, which is the only point I think our Creator wanted us to get out of the stories. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  14. Greetings to you my brother, Indeed, growth itself can be its own reward. I feel quite pleased with myself when I learn a new way to use Excel or PowerDirector. But speaking just for myself, I get the greatest feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction when I know that my skills are being used to their best when I am serving others. Oh, and it's been very good to be back. I've even made some new friends (I hope) like Jonathon. In solidarity, Rev. Calli
  15. Greetings to you my brother, I personally think that our quest to become something greater is a trait that has been placed in us by our creator. Much as a parent wants their children to grow and reach their full potential, I believe that God wants us to grow and become more than we might think ourselves capable of. To grow though does not necessarily mean that we want to possess more, or gain more in wealth or power. To grow in knowledge, to grow in abilities, to grow in our capacity to love and serve each other, this is the growth I feel God wants of each of us. In Solidarity, Rev. Calli