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Fellowship: sketching a calendar

September 20th, 2014 · Comments Off on Fellowship: sketching a calendar · fellowship, intentional communities, ritual

Continuing from the previous post, I am working further on plans for an “event” in a few months. Step one is gathering together the calendar information relevant to the cycles of Venus and Mercury. This is done and available here. Based on the current date and the upcoming events, I see two particularly good dates […]

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Fellowship: Keystone Point approaching

September 18th, 2014 · Comments Off on Fellowship: Keystone Point approaching · culture, fellowship, intentional communities, ritual

I was reminded about my Fellowship project last night when I saw that my birthday this year is the day Mercury is hidden by the Sun. It will remain invisible for 12 days. (It’s actually passing in front of the Sun from our perspective, but you can’t see it without special lenses, because Sun.) Two […]

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Fellowship: Mysteries of Venus and Hermes

January 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on Fellowship: Mysteries of Venus and Hermes · fellowship

The educational organization (the Fellowship) described in the previous post would necessarily be included within the context of an organization that modeled its principles. This outer, or sister, organization would be the Temple, providing a regular calendar of celebratory events, workshops, meditation settings, and frequent opportunities to commune with the spirits of community and place. […]

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Is There a Place for Augustine?

November 16th, 2011 · Comments Off on Is There a Place for Augustine? · christianity

If you were to create a new religion from scratch and could pick and choose any doctrines or theologies you felt appropriate, which stance is better: “I’m the only one who can help you” or “I’m okay, you’re okay”?

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Fellowship: Fundamental Idea and Principles

November 1st, 2011 · Comments Off on Fellowship: Fundamental Idea and Principles · fellowship

I would like to start something big and ambitious, something that just might save the world. Before I go into detail about what I’m visualizing as the full fruition of the idea, I will first share the fundamental reasons for even considering going down this path. The Principles Between my personal explorations and the work […]

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Religion and Deity

June 21st, 2011 · Comments Off on Religion and Deity · culture, metaphysics

I posted a link to my Facebook page, with a snarky heading and comment, and this drew some attention. Particularly, it drew me into a brief discussion with my friend, Litch. The link in question was to an essay about what Atheists get wrong about religion. I said: “This essay clearly breaks out the fundamental […]

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Personal Spiritual Sovereignty

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Personal Spiritual Sovereignty · christianity, history, Janus in Nicea

Among many other great cultural losses that occurred after Christianity was made the exclusive mode of religious expression allowed in the Empire, was the idea of personal spiritual sovereignty. There was once a great diversity of theology and practice. People were not exclusive to any one church any more than people today are exclusive to […]

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True Believers

September 20th, 2008 · Comments Off on True Believers · christianity, culture, history

At first, I could never understand the True Believers. My first encounters with them was in Christian churches. My own, initially pedantic, attempts at Bible study repeatedly failed to illuminate the motivations or goals of True Believers. I could never understand just what was so exciting in the faith as I had ever seen it […]

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People and History

July 27th, 2008 · Comments Off on People and History · culture, history

Two famous biographies are here summarized to make a point about a significant problem in the art of archaeology. The question is whether one can even determine if the character of some ancient story actually lived when all you have are the written records that tell the story. My first subject has defined an entire […]

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Lost in the pattern

December 30th, 2007 · Comments Off on Lost in the pattern · christianity, culture

Have you lost your capacity for linear thinking or analytical reasoning? As part of a bit of pleasant wiki-surfing this morning, I paused to consider the idea of ‘post-Christian‘. I’ve heard a couple of people use this term recently and it’s made me curious about what other people think it means.This lead me, through a […]

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