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?"
bbc.co.uk/news/stories-4888584

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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.

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-Rachel Held Evans

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Christian, Bible 

Stumbled on this fantastic book about using insights from critical scholarship to reconstruct faith instead of tearing it down!

Focuses on moving from "pre-critical naivete" through "critical thinking" and into "post-critical naivete", where we can hear the stories as true again whether or not they are factual. Accepts criticism but moves beyond into a larger whole.

"The Bible is like a lens through which we see God, but some people think it's important to believe in the lens."

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 

I think I need to break up with the PCA church I've attended weekly for 7 years. My views are radically different than when I became a member, and I don't feel like I can be honest there.

Here's the thing, my deconstruction happened under the radar and I've never outed myself, so as far as they know, everything is fine.

I've been putting this off for weeks because I don't know what to tell them, but pretty soon they'll notice I've stopped coming.

Any advice?

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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

medium.com/@jamesheathers/in-m

Richard Rohr 

I had never heard of Richard Rohr before joining this community. Picked up The Universal Christ to see what all the fuss was about, and I get it now! Wow, the density of mind blowing statements is off the charts! I can only read a page or two in a sitting because I need to stop and think for a while every other sentence or so.

A collective thanks to you all for introducing me 😁

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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 

With Holy Week done and Easter upon us, I just wanted to say a sincere thank you to all you wonderful people who helped me experience afresh, both the highs and lows this week, through your honest questions, frustrations, joy, and unique experiences ❤️

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Easter image - Orthodox icon 

You may have heard Richard Rohr talk about Eastern images of the resurrection that feature the "harrowing of hell". Jesus has broken the gates (doors) of death, chained up death & thrown him into a pit. Jesus is now beginning to get all souls out of there. He starts with Adam & Eve, grabbing them by their wrists. All humanity is waiting their turn - those with halos, & those without. Adam & Eve are like "WHAT?!" Jesus is like, "Come on. I got you."

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Christianity, Death, Good Friday 

This will be extremely old news to some of you and extremely ground breaking for others, but I think it's worth pointing out on the day we remember the crucifixion of Christ: the idea that Jesus HAD to die to forgive us of our sins didn't arise until 1000 years after it happened, and wasn't finalized in the form we recognize today until the 1500s during the Reformation.

The early church saw the crucifixion/resurrection as a victory narrative; of defeating death.

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! "🤦‍♂️

I know I'm a couple years late to party, but this just came in the mail, and I'm super excited!

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