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  1. Revelations Chapter 17 explained

    Hello Reverend, You are assuming that members are offended when really it is very possible and likely that your style of writing a response comes across as provoking and/or defensive. Whether that is actually the case, please keep in mind that in a forum setting, and especially when communicating by text, that it is often wise to add vocabulary that will properly convey the feeling you are trying to impart. And to all members; please do not feel obligated to respond to everything that is posted.
  2. Hello, hello! ~ In my mind, I have exactly want to say all laid out and ready. And now that it's time to write the actual post, I feel a bit lost! I thought a formal post from either Murph or Brother Kevin would be made to introduce me with more detail sooner than later. In the meantime I have had my nose to the grindstone with re-styling the forum and everything. I apologize that I didn't introduce (re-introduce?) myself sooner. But maybe a few of you remembered me already and just said hi from a distance? A bit of reminiscing to segue into my (re-)introduction... When the forum was first created back in about 2001, my username was Dr.SillyRuca. I was co-administrating the forum with another member who will still visit rarely these days, and a bit down the road was co-administrating with Murph until I think, maybe around 2004. Murph and I (and Brother Kevin) have always stayed connected in some way~ shape or form. On the forum I had subsequently changed my username to Rev. YayHappens. Over the years I have continued to visit the forum and even managed to make a handful of posts. (I wish I could remember what my old avatar was.) But mostly during my visits, I would whirl through real quickly to do some light maintenance and give Murph a poke about updating the forum software which I'm sure he loved. I just recently settled to be active going with my most current username Amulet. (I could never decide on a name and I still have difficulty figuring out a proper-fitting title.) ...I have a message in my inbox from @edcrain dated 14 years ago to tell me happy birthday. Isn't that crazy? I need to take a screencap of that to post here! I remember @mdtaylor and mererdog. Dorian Gray and Mrs. Nicey-Nice have been on my friend lists on social media all this time. I've had a chance to chat quickly with Rev. Ed, too! Many familiar names are still active. It's amazing how ULC never leaves us. @murphzlaw1 and I have met up a couple of times this year IRL. We hit a Game of Thrones concert event together in March and recently on the 17th we met up for breakfast. He and I are tentatively scheduled to be hanging out for breakfast again in just a little bit over a week in case anyone wants to stalk us and claim our waffles and pancakes! ...The timing of the needs and dates for renovating the forum has all occurred at about the same time Murph's kids were getting out of school on summer break among other projects he's got going on. And, Brother Kevin also has his projects going on, so... I just came in and started working on what what tasks needed to be done. While I was posting updates in the Admin Announcement forum, I did not realize it at the time, but apparently nobody could reply to my changelogs. I wondered why everyone was being so quiet or didn't have any questions or comments. I was adjusting some settings and then realized the permissions did not allow for replies in the admin forum. How awkward! Well, that wasn't intended!! Woops! That is now in the changelog listed as fixed! I have had a chance to chat with @Rev. Calli and @Stormbringer. I have not had a chance to say hello to @Tallmike - big wave and hello! Hello to everyone formally! Finally! I will be posting some more news about what exactly is going on and what is happening where and when etc., What am I doing here? How long am I staying? Good questions! That info will be posted in a separate topic so this doesn't become a novel of a post, but if anyone has other questions I guess I've just put myself in the hotseat. Ask away. Have a wonderful week!
  3. Good day, Regarding being addressed as Reverend (or other titles), I am curious to know your preference to use the title with your first name or surname. If you belong to a denominational church, what is the protocol with yours? My question isn't necessarily about formal address rules and etiquette. Just personal preference. Hypothetically... If I am addressed as Reverend, then I prefer Rev. Surname. If I am addressed as Sister, I don't have a preference with that at all. You?
  4. On the top right of the forum where your username is, the pulldown menu gives an option to go to your Profile. --> If you go to edit your profile, you will see new "poll questions" available to fill out, and there is an opportunity to upload a cover image. Why fill out the profile questions? The new questions in the profile are relatively "simple things in life" that give a glimpse of what you find meaningful, shared within a limit of 140 characters. If you find that answering any of the items prompts you to write or start a topic, even better! And here is the purpose and reason for this: On a site where discussions about personal beliefs and experiences are taking place, the information available to fill out on your profile offers us all a few things: an opportunity, a reminder / perspective that any person we are communicating with is a human being regardless of any opinion or any attitude we may have about them, or what anyone believes or how anyone behaves. When moderators and admins have to handle reports and issues, we look at someone's profile. The person reported, and the person doing the reporting. All hoping for some insight! It is so important for us on the staff to remember we are dealing with a person first, and then we can address behavior. This information is very helpful for those reasons. But even more so, in general for all of us, just that simple info gives a little bit more insight and sense of connection with the people we are spending our days (years!) with. I am sure the same thing goes for anyone who sees someone new, or a member who is posting alot, or posting "interesting" things...we get curious! We look at profiles! We might even respond differently by being given perspective from what we see in a profile. Most all questions are optional, so it is a matter of comfort level to opt-in to answer the questions. We hope that you do! From the Forum Staff Link can check out my profile, Brother Kevin's profile and Senior Lightworker Lucas profile and our cover photos. (I still need to update mine. Pardon the blurry grass.) The info on those accounts are all filled in. (I think!) ~ For the MBTI question, there is an interesting and fun site to take the quiz at located here. To begin to take the actual quiz the link is located on the top left of the screen. And if you don't subscribe to MBTI that's 100% fine. We on staff who have our MBTI filled out feel our results are accurate. It's all about your comfort level and maybe some discovery... Note: With the updated changes if your listed interests went over 140 characters you will have to shrink it down. Regarding cover photos, guidelines will be added soon. In the meantime, please consider alignment with the church doctrine when choosing to upload your photo. - Do that which is right. - This is a public forum with no age restrictions required for access. Questions and comments are welcome, and especially when you get yours filled out and a cover image uploaded please post a reply, because I love reading profiles. lol. Have fun!
  5. A round of new titles. More than ever before! And new pip images to replace the gray dots. at 1500 the rank/title Hallowed Being has been updated to Exalted Being.
  6. The Tee-Up: Your ordination is life long and doesn't expire. Acknowledgement of your ordination by the church is 24/7. You are also a participating member of the forum and possibly belong to other ULC groups on FB. I have a few curious questions referencing the above: 1. Does the acknowledgment of you being an ordained minister 24/7 mean that you are a full time minister because your ordination counts is acknowledged "always"? Or does the term "full time minister" have a different definition if applied to you, your beliefs and your lifestyle? Is there such a thing in your life as being a minister seasonally? Such as for peak wedding season, and then the rest of the year you make no claims about being a minister and perform no other ministerial duties to speak of? 2. Do you consider yourself to be an active minister? What does being an active minister mean for you? Would it mean you actively do "minister things" for a minimum number of hours out of your day or through the week? Does actively participating on the forum or in the ULC groups on FB mean you are an active minister? How regular would doing "minister things" have to be for you to consider yourself active? Is there something specific you think an active minister should be doing? 3. Does the church doctrine specifically come up for you as a reference when you have to weigh decisions now and then? For example, if you saw someone drop a $20 bill and they didn't notice and kept going. Or if you are counting calories/fat and had a choice between eating fries or steamed broccoli? I am not talking about conscience or obligation. I mean, do the actual words of the church doctrine "do that which is right" run through your mind in certain cases for making decisions? No? Yes? Sometimes? - Does it come up for you to use the church doctrine as a piece of advice when it applies to a situation? Like, you literally tell or remind someone "do that which is right?" (or even "do the right thing." but you thought of the doctrine.) ...No right or wrong answers. I am curious how members define some aspects for themselves as ordained ministers.
  7. I hope life is pacing much more smoothly these days. Welcome back.
  8. These are all great perspectives and I love the replies that have come in so far. It is so interesting to see how everyone's approach to "minister" applies primarily (as a noun/adjective/verb) and the thoughts about the church doctrine. I consider myself a full time minister. The interesting thing for me, is that I am doing ministering type of work all the time but if it is not specifically for ULC, I don't think of it as minister work. I am a minister doing minister work but without thinking of it that way. I never thought about why. Is it like that for anyone else who is actively engaging with members of the community?
  9. The original post to this topic is the following: After review of the topic it is now locked. My interpretation of the original post quoted above, is that the questions were presented to gain insight and perspective about the writings of a specific sacred text and other related publications. The resulting discussion has been a whole lot of assertions coming from logic and ego. - To the degree that the tone is becoming increasingly unfriendly and escalating through different degrees of hostility and provocation. Unfortunately all of that has superseded a real opportunity to be expanding knowledge and perspective about the belief system and the texts which are so misunderstood and misrepresented right now. There is such a wealth of knowledge available to share on the topic. I hope this can be remedied by having a genuine exchange that aims to enlighten...
  10. Blessings

    Welcome to the forum! Thank you for sharing about the positive going on. This crossed my path at just the perfect time.
  11. My deepest condolences to you all. You will remain in my thoughts and wishes for peace and well-being. Warm hugs.
  12. Sons Wedding

    Congrats to you and your family. What a wonderful occasion and a blessing that you were able to officiate for them! It is wonderful that you have come back to the forum to share the story. Wishing you continued good health and happiness and more blessings that makes each new day special.
  13. Enemies

    I am also a pacifist. But I want to clarify that my pacifism is an ethical stance that extends to all living beings and creatures, not just human beings, which also means that my food choices are also aligned to be as detached from violence as best as possible. (Ahimsa.) At this point, I am unsure what defines an enemy. I have not given the definition for my own self about 'enemy' in its true definition much thought really. I hopefully distinguish well enough between perceived threat, direct threat and indirect threat before making any kinds of decisions. The one that gives me the most trouble is indirect threat. Because of prior experiences, it causes me to be act more preemptively than defensively and has been on my mind a lot recently, as to what is the best way to handle something that comes sideways. As for it being right way to do handle enemies (threats?), hmm.. it's right for me until I'm wrong? If I'm wrong I'll be pushing daisies!
  14. After reading this article: Here’s How a Child Sees a Van Gogh Painting I wonder what your thoughts are about the following: In the scenario in the article, the children are guided to see a new perspective, and as a result, they are introduced to needing to find context to re-map their comprehension. Do you think that searching for context and perspective is something that we learn by instruction? Is a habit of human nature? Is looking for perspective something that we generally apply under certain conditions? In the case of the children, their broadened investigation was prompted by external guidance.
  15. Agnosticism, Atheism, Freethought, Humanism, Ietsism, Irreligion, Naturalism, Nontheism, Objectivism, Rationalism, Skepticism, Secularism Question for this group: In your experience with explaining your beliefs to someone, what do you run across as being the biggest misconception about your way of life?
  16. Hello everyone, You rarely hear from me although I do lurk around the forum now and then to check status and other things. I occasionally handle fixes to the forum here and there. Today is one of those days where I get to do major stuff after coordinating with Brother Kevin and Murph. The forum is currently undergoing the process of new arrangement within some of the forum areas. I apologize if this causes any confusion or inconvenience. While movement is going on, please be sure to save the text of your post before hitting the post button! In case I am moving that forum and you hit submit on a post you create, your post could be lost! A changelog of what has moved will be posted shortly, although you can probably already see where things are a bit different. Thank you in advance for your patience!
  17. A major forum software update was installed and it leaves some things looking different. One of the more obvious changes is that for anyone who does not have a user avatar uploaded, the forum will default to use the first letter of the username of the account. We do not control what color your letter is going to be. The like button on the right of the posts also has new styling. The panel in the back does not offer options to change the styling for that either. (I liked the previous one better.) Down the road i will be able to have some graphics to upload for different styles of 'like buttons'. In the meantime, I am hoping the software developers will update to accommodate a few things. Or if you actually like this version of it, share your feedback. If you experience any bugs with navigating or interacting with the forum software please report them here or PM me or report them in the Bug Report forum which I see is located in Help Desk in the Legal Questions forum for some reason... Thank you and enjoy your week!
  18. ...I had someone ask me recently about the degrees. There are a lot of different ways to try to explain what is "legitimate", "real" or "recognized." The bottom line to the general population is; if it isn't government regulated, it isn't recognized as legitimate. Isn't that the strangest thing? When I phrase it that way, it is amazing just how much control government has over what information is sanctioned as true, valid or academically "worthy" of recognition. For some fields it is necessary. Others not so much. I also find it something to be cautious about. And in the case of ULC degrees, some people are so accustomed to believing they need government regulation to feel validated, that any opportunities to learn outside of the government system becomes invalidated or are left behind. I think that is unfortunate when it comes to spiritual or religious matters especially.
  19. Sorcress Drawing

    Oh wow that is fantastic! Is your artwork mostly in the fantasy genre? How long did this one take you to complete?
  20. Distant Reach.

    This is lovely RevTom. Thank you so much for sharing. There is so much left to the imagination. I suppose that is part of the point!
  21. Rev Jeff

    Greetings and welcome Jeff! Thanks for saying hello! Pleasure to meet you. I look forward to crossing paths in the discussions and conversations here! Let us know if you have any questions. Congratulations on your recent ordination!
  22. I see Ministry in humanitarian work. I also see it particularly in places where it comes to improving a sense of well-being. Such as internet mags and health centers that offer information about personal development and tools for managing things of holistic nature (Mind-Body wellness) such as managing stress, or reflecting on gratitude and abundance etc. You raise an interesting matter by asking if one views the clergy as an authority as our ancestors once did or if it is more a religious scholar type of thing. If I go back far enough within my ancestry, it was both.
  23. Misconceptions of all types regarding beliefs and of course, with all sorts of stereotypes (cultural, etc.) remain fixed and static until perspective opens up through dialogue. It is so important to have dialogue for this reason. I don't think we have enough of it, and more than ever it is sorely needed. There is so much diversity. And so much knowledge and experience just sitting waiting to be tapped into. I have always disliked the word apologetics. Since I'm sitting here I had to look up the etymology of the word and find out what on Earth would have the church using the term. It is archaic, but that makes more sense to me. ^
  24. Hellenic Hero Worship

    This is fascinating. Was someone only given hero status upon their death? Are there heroes who existed and were given this status during their living years and were not hybrid mortal/god/semidivine ?
  25. Coming Home

    Welcome back! The year has been a whirlwind for many of us. Anyone that has been taking a...hiatus of sorts, similar to you taking some time off, may be returning as well. "We" always do find home again. Hugs,