Just tried mindful eating after a long meditation session. It was unbelievable! I'm honestly worried that this might be dangerously life changing.

I think I know why those "Laughing Buddha" Budai statues are always so fat...

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How Norway turns criminals into good neighbours.
"I really don't remember the last time we had violence here. Maybe we had one or two incidences of spitting?"

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Hey Liturgists! Science @mike has given the greenlight: "Shout it from the rooftops. We’re ready for a crowd!" 

Come join us over at the official The Liturgist Community (TLC ♥️)! All are welcome, including 🍌s and 🐐s! Follow this link:
🎉 discourse.theliturgists.com

Anyone read The Conversation (theconversation.com/us)? It's a non-profit newspaper where all the articles are written by experts their fields (academics and researchers), who work with journalists and editors to make them accessible. The articles are published under a Creative Commons license.

Thoughts from the produce isle

I get blueberry and blackberry, but what were they thinking when they named strawberry and raspberry?

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It’s like you’ve got this ticker scrolling across every scene of your life, feeding you questions and commentary and doubts, and yet you carry on as though you can’t see it, as if everything’s fine. Say something and you risk losing friendships and becoming the subject of gossip. Keep your doubts to yourself and you risk faking it for the rest of your life. I know a lot of people, including some pastors, who are faking it.


-Rachel Held Evans

Christian, Bible 

Today I was pulled out of the security line at the airport and had my suitcase hand-searched because apparently I brought a suspiciously large number of books 🤓

Advice for breaking up with church 

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i do not do twitter, but my husband does and we have been getting a kick out of the new “IN MICE” feed, which is calling out hype and misinformation in science news reporting.

if you haven’t seen already


Richard Rohr 

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actually learning about the history of christianity is the most dangerous thing possible to evangelicalism, which is a reactionary ideology that seeks to erase history so it can make the ridiculous claim that its very particular brand of morality and theology is the true form of christianity that has always existed

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Learn from a tree today. A tree does not have a false self which seeks to become something that it is not. It simply exists in its treeness, letting itself be swayed by the wind, basking in the sunlight. We have been given this gift of consciousness, but instead of using it to be our true selves, in unity with God, people, and all of creation, we seek to be anything other than what we were created to be. And it makes us miserable.

Easter reflection, thanks to the community 

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Easter image - Orthodox icon 

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Christianity, Death, Good Friday 

In my experience, Fundamentalism is a weird post-enlightenment movement that forgot it was a reaction to something and now just assumes this is what Christians have always thought.

Had a conversation with a friend recently about whether the biblical text actually supports a certain Calvinist presupposition. My friend said, "I hear what you're saying, but it's hard to accept that God would let the church believe this wrong idea for all of church history."

Had to bite my tongue to not yell, "Dude, your whole tradition is only 500 years old! Nobody thought this for the first 1,500 years and most Christians still don't! "🤦‍♂️

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I wish the proportion of typical and co-op board games were reversed. I wish we had to say "adversarial board game" to describe the type of game where I am suddenly consumed with the desire to crush my friends and loved ones, shake my fists in the air, pour gasoline on the kitchen table, and ignite in a cleansing fire of victory.

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