Posting History for Anglican Kossacks
I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I call myself that in order to distinguish myself from the dominant strain of North American Christianity. At the risk of sounding arrogant and judgmental, I am ...
|D'var Torah: Our Duty to Aid and Respect those in Need
This week's parsha is Aharay Mot and Kedoshim, Leviticus chapters 16 to 20. During leap years, it is split into two parshas, but this year is not a leap year so the two parshas are read together. ...
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|Jimmy Carter: 'Losing My Religion For Equality'
For most of his life, Jimmy Carter has been an advocate for human rights. In 1982, one year after leaving the Oval Office, the former US President and his wife Rosalynn Carter, founded ...
|Pope Francis calls for 'radical equality' for women's pay
Thumbs up on income equality for women! In a new speech this week, Pope Francis is continuing his radical ...
|Rereading "Black Theology and Black Power" After Twenty Years
"How many of Cone's books have you read?" Ever since Jeremiah Wright posed that question to Sean Hannity eight years ago, I've been meaning to write a diary on James Cone, the premier figure of ...
|Religious support for marriage equality swells in advance of SCOTUS arguments
Unsurprisingly, religious leaders who have staked their ...
|Atheists on CBS's Sunday Morning
I would like to point you all to a really great piece on today's CBS This Sunday Morning about Atheism. Atheists: In godlessness we trust It was reported by Mo Rocca, who I must admit I have a ...
|Romans 1:26-27; When In Rome ... (Republished)
A diary was published last week which cited Romans 1:26-27, and I posted a link to this diary that I did a little over a year ago. So, I decided that it might be a good idea to republish it at ...
|Ye Have Done It Unto Me
A short bus trip to the supermarket turned out to include a spiritual experience. No sooner did I get on the bus than someone directly behind me began coughing and hacking and it seemed as if he ...
|President Obama's Speech in Selma will Reverberate through the Ages. Video & Transcript
It is a rare honor in this life to follow one of your heroes. And John Lewis is one of my heroes. Now, I have to imagine that when a younger John Lewis woke up that ...
|Malcolm Boyd, Openly Gay Episcopal Pioneer, Passes Away At 91
There are a number of christian clergy/ministers who have lead the charge to make many of the Christian denominations more LGBT inclusive. I know more about the Reverend Troy Perry (Founder of ...
|The Eighth Century Software That Saved The Classics
SOMETIMESHOWYOUDOSOMETHINGISASIMPORTANTASWHAT YOUDOITWITHTHISWOULDBEHARDTOREADONSTONEMONUMENTS ORACOMPUTERSCREEN Sorry - was that hard to read? Nowadays we would write it, "Sometimes how you do ...
|Correlation, causation, and religion
"I think that most Christians are better people than most atheists. But you're an exception." Hearing this from one of my high school teachers didn't bother me too much at the time. As a non-...
|♥ Three happy decades with my atheist sweetie ♥
I sometimes say that I live in a mixed marriage: I'm an Episcopalian and my sweetie is a gardener. That joke is a light-hearted way to express a reality. My sweetie was an atheist when we met, and ...
|On Pope Francis
I feel the need to write about the Pope tonight. I’ve been in a couple of debates lately about him and I want to expand on how I see him. First, let me say I have big differences with Pope Francis.
|Thomas Merton's 100th birthday and the dangerous illusion of celibates and other rock stars
January 31, 2015 is the 100th anniversary of Thomas Merton's birth, a fact my Episcopal priest informed me of this past Sunday. He knows that no one, other than Jesus, I have never met has had a ...
|Jesus and Righteous Anger
Disclaimer: I do not have that much finger on the pulse of Christianity. I am aware of the things I am exposed to and, frankly, if I don’t like what I’m exposed to I take steps to lessen that ...
|Clergy Respond to Miami-Dade Police Using African American Photos for Target Practice #UseMeInstead
A few weeks ago, North Miami Beach police department was caught using photos of exclusively African American males - many younger - as target practice in their facilities for shooting practice of ...
|Centuries Of Freedom
Stories are one way that families shape themselves and frame the present and future. From a young age I heard the family stories about ancestors who had exercised religious freedom, sometimes at ...
|I Happen To Like Religion
I am not a Christian but Jesus Christ changed my life. I am not a Buddhist but Siddhartha Gautama altered the way I understand reality. I am not a Muslim but have yearned to be a part of the holy ...
|Letting God Out of the Box
Reflections on Frank Schaeffer’s “Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God - How to give love, create beauty and find peace.” I wanted to write a formal “review” of this book, but ...
|Anti-Capitalist Meetup: The Pope's Possible Future Role in Cuba
January 5, 2015, one day later, late at night postlude/preface : I probably in writing this post let my duty to socialism take too much of a backseat to my religious idiosyncrasies and natural ...
|When does opinion cross over into prejudice?
It is a truth universally acknowledged that unmoderated internet sites devolve into 4chan or worse. Daily Kos, like most sites that have continued to function for significant time, has rules for ...
|Could Pope Francis save the world on climate change?
The year 2015 may prove to be the year that the pope figures out how to save the Earth. In the coming months, Pope Francis might be able to accomplish what many politicians haven’t been able to do �
You have to love a language that has a word that means, "There is no word for it." Anything can be [http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ineffable ineffable] if its fullness and particularity ...
|Pope Francis prepares to issue Vatican teachings on Climate Change to 1.2 Billion Catholics
Pope Francis wants the Church's 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide to take action to reduce the impacts of human caused Global Warming. Pope Francis Calls for Action on Climate Change & Capitalism ...
|Peaceable Kingdom 2014
This is a day to think about peace on earth and good will to all people. Peace can break out between the most unlikely companions: but it can go much further than that! ...
|Pulling the Princes From Their Thrones
"He has pulled down the princes from from their thrones and exalted the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away." Mary, the mother of Jesus, Luke 1:52-53 The ...
|Meditation-Making Christmas Spirit Last
The festive season is upon us! I love the Christmas season because people reach down inside themselves, into their essential goodness, and open their hearts to the world. Unfortunately people tend ...
|St Paul on the War on Christmas
This morning I was paging through the pew Bible at church looking up something completely unrelated, and I came across a passage which I realized had relevance to the perennial War on Christmas. ...
|"Tough S*** [Racist Epithet Deleted]": Lawandorder, Lake County, Florida, 1972/U.S.A., Today
Surely, great racial progress has been made in the U.S. since 1972. After all, the racial epithet is now deleted. Just looksee above. So, I get some credit, right? Indeed, some of us grow as human ...
|Carter Heyward: Lesbian Relational Theologian
"Relational theology" is a line of thought in contemporary theology. It has gone in a direction I am not very happy with . Steering the conversation back to one of its original voices, Carter ...
|Monsters of Christmas, Real and Imagined
A hungry child will wake up on Christmas morning, not to Christmas presents under a tree but to a drunk or drugged out parent passed out on the couch and with nothing in the refrigerator or the ...
|Brothers and Sisters: Let us see your kindness
Good evening... Welcome to Brothers and Sisters, the weekly meetup for prayer* and community at Daily Kos. We put an asterisk on pray* to acknowledge that not everyone uses conventional religious ...
|Advent Begins: Hope
(As many of you may know, our Wee Mama is away for Advent, and she's asked me to do some editing/posting for Anglican Kossacks during her absence. And since Hope is the traditional theme for the ...
|Brothers and Sisters: I Guess The Golden Rule is "Forced Altruism"
Welcome to Brothers and Sisters, the weekly meetup for prayer* and community at Daily Kos. We put an asterisk on pray* to acknowledge that not everyone uses conventional religious language, but ...
|The Ones You Didn't Hear: "Take My Sister... Please !"
(Cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) I have long fancied that the Book of Genesis was written in part to discourage the Israelites from the practice of ancestor worship. ...
|Illusions and "the Least of These" in the Japanese and Wholly Walton Empires
I am republishing a new version of this diary, first published last Sunday night for Anti-Capitalist Meetup before it was ready to see the world. I have extensively rewritten it in light of the ...
|Time To "Go Biblical" On Their Ass
So, for those conservatives threatening impeachment and foretelling/encouraging violence when the President takes executive action to reform immigration policies: It's time to "go biblical" on ...
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|David And Jonathan: A Beautiful Love Story (From The Bible)
This was the very first diary that I wrote (dated 10/24/12). I thought I would re-post it since most folks were not familiar with me or my diaries back then. So, here it is: This diary is about ...
|That harsh master? Not Jesus.
You may have heard this today: Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus said, "For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to ...
|Pope Francis provides showers for Rome's homeless - Calls on G-20 to treat their poor better
The more I see of Pope Francis the more I appreciate his moral leadership on how the advanced economies treat their less fortunate citizens. The Vatican Is ...
|It's Finally Official - Pope Francis Demotes Highest-Ranking US Cardinal Over LGBT Issues
It's been in the news. Now it has been confirmed. As of this past weekend, Raymond Leo Burke, America's highest-ranking cardinal ...
|The Ones You Didn't Hear: The Daniel Diet Plan
(Cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) The prophet Daniel is best known for hanging out in lion’s dens, (where, presumably, he watched Detroit football games), but there ...
|The real sin of Sedom (Sodom) -- Dvar Torah, Parshat Vayera
In this week's Torah portion we read about the destruction of Sedom (Sodom), something that has been widely misinterpreted by Christian sources to the point that the very name of the city has made ...
|Theists, Atheists, Apatheists, Antitheists: Which Are You? [POLL]
Theism in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theism broad sense] is the belief that one or more gods exist. But that brief definition embraces an immense variety! Belief in a personal god, in a ...
|Brittney Maynard Has Died: Dying With Dignity
I was sad to read this article in People's magazine about Brittney Maynard, a 29 year old woman with stage 4 glioblastoma, a terminal brain cancer. She died Saturday November 1st by taking a fatal ...
|Science and Religion: Street Prophets Saturday
Today’s popular media often portray science and religion as two opposing forces which are often in conflict. In the European cultural traditions, religion (meaning Christianity) and science have ...
|Pope Francis Votes for Science
I will have to admit that I did not see this one coming. Pope Francis has just thrown his vote in for science as opposed to creationism or intelligent design according to an article in the ...
|The Ones You Didn't Hear: Simon vs. Simon
Cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) He was a sorcerer and a charlatan; he was demonized as the source of every heresy to trouble the Early Church; he loved the most ...
|Muslim-American Asks Councilman about Free Buses on Election Day. He Asks if She Condemns Sharia Law
I ran across this story on Facebook. Heba Mohammad is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and founder of the school's Muslim Student Association. She was concerned the city ...
|Grokking Republicans: The Varieties of Religious Delusion
Whatever you think of the question of God or Gods, religion is a real thing, for good or ill. In the quest for More and Better Democrats the question of fewer and less evil religious nutters has a ...
|The Ones You Didn't Hear: Goofus and Gallant in the Vineyard
(cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) My parents never subscribed to Highlights for Children -- I preferred Children’s Digest because it ran Tintin adventures – but ...
|Meet Dr. Willie Parker, Perhaps the Bravest Christian Abortion Provider in the US
Meet Dr. Willie Parker. He is one heck of a courageous man. Chances are you've never met anyone like him.
|The Ones You Didn't Hear: "Say The Secret Woid"
(Cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) Judges chapter 12 records an odd little sequel to the tragic tale of Jephthah and his daughter. It has little to do with that tragedy ...
|Why do you care what someone else believes in?
So I made a little comment in another diary about how it's not your religious beliefs that matter, it's how you put them into practice. The comment is behind a hidden comment so I won't link it. ...
|The Index You Didn't Get In Sunday School
Back when I was writing my Sci-Fi/Fantasy Club series of diaries for the Readers & Book Lovers group, I compiled an index so that readers could easily visit previous diaries. Because I always like ...
|The Ones You Didn't Hear: The Sons of Cain Invent Technology
(Adapted from a diary originally posted on Daily Kos for the D'var Torah series on Oct. 12, 2012 ) (Cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) Like the Book of Genesis, the ...
|Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters ... How do we best come together for the common good? Do we find personal fulfillment as we see the burdens carried by our brothers and sisters become lighter? Do we find the ...
|Major Religious Groups Push for Net Neutrality
You would be hard pressed to find this remarkable bit of news in any major or alternative media. Its one of those stories that doesn't fit neatly into the conventional parameters of quite a variety ...
|Deep Background on Dominionism—Revisited
In the Fall of 2011, there was an extraordinary -- and extraordinarily scurrilous -- wave of criticism aimed at those of us who had written about dominionism. Conservative columnists from The ...
|The Ones You Didn't Hear: The Mark of Cain
(cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) In his comic book SANDMAN, writer Neil Gaiman sometimes used a couple of characters who had earlier appeared in a couple of the horror ...
|Anglican Kossacks, Redivivus
A group for Anglican/Episcopalian Kossacks to discuss developments in the worldwide Anglican Communion, the Episcopal Church in the United States, the Church of England and the Anglican Church of ...
|Why I meditate
I come from an extended family of highly stressed out working class people who typically die young from overeating and resulting high blood pressure and heart disease (although increasingly modern ...
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|A Garden of Meta [With Pooties]
Several folks have recently asked if I could compile some of my meta diaries for easy access. As we have many new members of the community, this collection may be of interest to them. Old timers may ...
|Anti-Semitic Hate Site MUST Go! I need your help.
It's been a while since I have posted a diary, but I feel this is important enough to warrant taking some time out from a busy Friday night to ask for the help of other Kossacks. Warning: the ...
|The Church of Drones
Well, this is … something. Pastor Ed Young of megachurch the Fellowship church in Grapevine, Texas is spreading the word that God is watching everything you do. In other words, he's totally like ...
|Hey, Catholic Radio? Dorothy Day would weep to see what side you've taken.
Well, Dorothy Day might actually organize a boycott of that radio station instead of weeping. It seems the Good Catholics who run "Lies, Racism and Hate, Inc." (oops, I meant "Immaculate Heart ...
|Atheism & Mythicism: Danger, Will Robinson
I recently caught a program on the newly launched AtheistTV that featured an interview with Richard Carrier, which got me thinking about this topic. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Dr. ...
|After The Laughter, The Waves of Dread: Robin Williams, comedy and depression
To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it.” — Charlie Chaplin That quote has been a favorite of mine for many years. It’s never felt more achingly true than tonight, ...
|Canto XXVII.1: Or, Where Would Dante Put Climate Change Deniers?
A while back, a friend and I were talking and (somehow or other) Dante's Inferno came up in the conversation. I've always had an admiration for Dante, who (exiled from his native Florence for his ...
|Christian Mysticism: A History
The origins of Christian Mysticism go back to the very beginnings of Christianity. From the earliest days, devoted seekers have searched for theosis , or union with God. These mystics pursue the ...
|Author Naomi Wolf Challenged - results blow her mind
Author Naomi Wolf was challenged to read the Bible. What she found blew her mind (her words) and probably not in the direction the challenger(s) were hoping. She posted the results on facebook an ...
|A Queer Controversy in Worship
Before I write another word, I need to qualify my remarks. What follows is not an attempt to retaliate or to prove my superiority. I'll use my exact words from a listserve post that appears to have ...
|Another Look at Religion
Note: When I shared this diary in July I was, to my surprise, immediately accused of "attacking atheists." That certainly was not my intent. If anything, I thought I was "attacking fundies" and ...
|Church Of England Approves Women Bishops
A medieval institution has finally taken a frightful step into the light of the modern world. After 20 years of bitter wrangling the general synod finally mustered the 2/3 majority of lay votes ...
|Church of England Votes for Women Bishops
The Church of England General Synod ...
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| Hellraisers Journal Saturday Morning Special: "Waiting for the Signal" to Revolt in the late 1890's
This diary is dedicated to JayRaye, who has rediscovered so many Hellraisers, including Henry O. Morris, radical labor journalist, see, e.g., Hellraisers Journal: Tear-stained Women...Besieged the ...
|My Mother: A Slightly Premature Eulogy
Perhaps the only relationship in my life more complicated than the one with my mother was that which my father and I enjoyed endured. For years, and until my father's death, I was completely ...
|Meet the family behind Hobby Lobby, and their plans for a Christian nation
The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to release its decision on Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby , the challenge to Obamacare's mandate that employers providing health insurance to employees cover birth control.
|Brothers and Sisters: A Bittersweet Anniversary
Today would be Terun's and my third anniversary and second as a married couple. It would also be his 50th birthday. I am glad I am here at The Rock, sitting just feet from the memorial garden where ...
|Street Prophets: Pope Francis Throws Out Moneychangers Again!
Welcome to Street Prophets Open Thread! Come by and let us know anything you want! The Vatican seems to have an inexhaustible supply of moneychangers! However, Pope Francis continues to make ...
|Drive-By Diary: I Loved Him So Much
I'm kind of persona non grata these days up here in Northern New England. I don't mind. I mean, if people are really your friends, they are really your friends. I'm not sure any of them were. Some ...
|Netroots Nation Interfaith Service: Contributions Wanted
This year loggersbrat and I are in charge of the Netroots Nation interfaith service again, and this year the theme is politics, faith, hope and despair. We are all activists, which means we have a ...
|Love Equals Love: Utah Pride Parade
Photo Credit: Victor Hugo Pinilla-Coxe (my friend) I moved to Utah 27 years ago, end of May 1987. I already knew a few LGBTQ people, mostly from college and campus ministry, and a couple in my ...
|The Ones You Didn't Hear: Conservation of Marys
(cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School ) Personally I blame Pope Gregory the Great. Don’t get me wrong; Gregory did some remarkable things during his papacy. He was a ...
|Handbook on what the Bible says about the poor and inequality
Ben Carson's recent comments have gotten a lot of press recently. If you missed them he basically claimed that God told him that America should have a flat tax and that poor people are not being ...
|FRC Prays To Stop LGBT Pride Month
Pierre Bynum, the Family Research Council's prayer director, has called on members to pray to G-d to "stop the advance of this official celebration of sin." From Right Wing Watch : “Only heaven ...
|Is Hell Freezing Over? A Muslim Student Attends Baptist Seminary
Yes, indeed, much to the distress of some. In the first instance of its kind, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention, acknowledged it has ...
|Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu on climate change
Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks during a press conference about the speaks about his experiences witnessing global climate change around the globe at St Georges Cathedral in Cape ...
|Because ShelterBox is on it!
OBRENOVAC, SERBIA. 16 MAY 2014. Serbian army soldiers evacuate people from a flooded house in the town of Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade. Image courtesy of REUTERS/Marko Djurica. http://www....
|Front Pagers Hate Religious People.
There are religious liberals. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one, The Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson is one, the Right Reverend Barbara Harris--the first woman Bishop in the entire Anglican Communion ...
|After the SCOTUS Ruling: A Plan To Ensure Secular Government
The day after the SCOTUS ruling, I think the best headline I read was by Andy Borowitz. It read: "In landmark decision, Supreme Court strikes down main reason the country was started." Painfully on-...
|Oh My God, the Pope Did It Again!!
He declared something else I agree with!! Pope Francis: 'Inequality Is The Root Of Social Evil' As Unreligious as I am, he occasionally tingles my heart and soul:) And that pleases me.
|Britain is "A Post-Christian Nation"
That is according to the immediate past Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. His comments come in the light of discussions following a comment by the Prime Minister David Cameron that Britons ...
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|My Life as a Dog: I Should Have Told Him Everything
When the loved ones who were there for us from day one get old, sick, and in my dad's case, suddenly stricken by dementia, this film is all I can compare what I feel inside to. I am inside a kid ...
|Chacounne Goes to DC and New York, Part One
As some of you know, I was able to attend a conference in Washington, DC, at the end of March, thanks to some Kossacks and other wonderful and generous family and friends. The conference, Ecumenical ...
|An Evolving Secular Palm Sunday Sermonette: Direct action is an obligation
purposely made difficult. ( Here's the Wikipedia discussion of "direct action.") Young people, the worker, and the poor correctly sense the sickness of our world, purposely made to seem invincible.
|Plea to the Pope on Behalf of Homeless LGBT Youth: Stop Condemning Homosexual Acts
Faith in America , an LGBT friendly Christian organization, has published an open letter to Pope Francis in the New York Times. Carl Siciliano, executive director of the Ali Forney Center (for New ...
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