I've been a member of UMC going on7 decades. I am a Methodist mystic. I am a person more moved by ordinary words and experiences than scripture quotations. Family man and small business man in California. I volunteer as President of Peace and Conflict Resolution . Org Corp, a 501(c)3 (http://tinyurl.com/28l5qvq). The mission of Peace and Conflict Resolution.Org, Corporation is to assist in building world peace by teaching and developing inner peace of the individual with the application of advanced consciousness studies and practices. Peace and Conflict Resolution.Org also sponsors: First Contact Project.Org (www.firstcontactproject.org), Peace podcasts (http://peace.podbean.com/), UMC Unofficial Layman's Open Forum (http://tinyurl.com/22wowwz) I enjoy science, spirituality, reading, meditation, aviation, the outdoors especially the water front. My wife Jan and I raised three children in Livermore, CA on the eastern edge of Silicon Valley.
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Linda, Bravo Dear Linda! Questioning "God" is a 24/7/365 process for every being I've ever encountered. I could be wrong but such questioning often serves one well to look inward and ask essential questions, which taken over time, extracts answers you seek. There is an old gate we all eventually reach if we follow the path of the seeker; you appear to be walking upon that path: "You've got to find your question in life." ... Your "question in life" is the doggedly determined answer to what is it you really seek? Once you come to grips (usually privately) with asking this question of yourself, you will probably reach the answer very soon thereafter. That deeply personal answer you emote from within yourself, will alter your entire perspective on everything thereafter. How does this process work? How will you know when you find "your question"? Try this. When you bed down at night and say your prayers or what ever you do to relax, insert this question or something similar: Please guide me in my dreams to understand what it is I need to learn in this life. Help me find those answers. Then keep a dream log. Write down your dreams. The more desperate you really are to resolve finding your question, the more revealing the experiences tend to become in bringing you your answer. Here is an example: http://tinyurl.com/b8k2qcu Ignore "fanatics instructing you what to believe and how" and trust your own intuitions.
A New Beginning --- http://youtu.be/hlfYHAV1i8w
Mood Elevators For The Holidays --- http://tinyurl.com/ctqyxk5
An alternative to leaving UMC for some gays is to vote to make one structural change in the church that enables hearts and minds to evole to a more tolerant, loving, compassionate state: - http://tinyurl.com/85ugyqq
Robert Monroe's work "Far Journies" gives a powerful independent analysis on hell: http://dc-designs.org/pdf/Robert%20A.%20Monroe%20-%20II%20-%20Far%20Journeys.pdf .
This is an offer in response to your request for writers. "Finding Common Ground: Occupy Wall Street to The Tea Party" Underlying Theme: Let's seek to build bridges to points we both agree upon. Here I try to edit out the noise of chaos in the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement and The Tea Party. I watch for the light of God's truth during times of strife, change, and confrontations. I filter this through a Methodist - conservative upbringing, in context of values learned more through personal experience than through any church dogma. The column becomes a daily blog of running emotions, highlighting and giving voice to underlying tensions between the right and left, with linked in "license permitted" videos, personal observations, commentary on other writers, hot links and embedded videos, political movements for reform all from a street level perspective of an armchair Jungian Methodist Mystic. Here's an example of how it will look Let's seek to build bridges to points we both agree upon. http://tinyurl.com/3fa94u8 and http://tinyurl.com/7qh28pv I can turn over to RethinkChurch during our active affiliation as one of "your writers" any revenues accruing to my blog at, "United Methodist Church Unofficial Layman's Open Forum" http://umc-unofficiallaymanopenforum.ning.com/ It would be hoped that you might consider partnering me in this undertaking with a retired or active, Methodist minister or writer for his/her comments and running critique even if they do not agree with my methodologies and comments. Dr Riley Case might prove to be a good counter point commentator, but that would be expecting perhaps a miracle of association that would only serve to frustrate whoever volunteers to partner by mixing their gentle, professional competence, in a boiling pit of layman's chaos and asking them to accept the combination is a worthy moral equivalency that somehow emerges to the preservation of their dignity. So I can wing it solo should no tempering ecclesiastical over sight wish to "partner." Thank you. In the mean time you have got to "unthrottle" the RethinkChurch Conversations to allow much greater lay input administrative powers. Every church website seems to quickly default to either no layman input freedoms or discouraged layman input. RethinkChurch as it defaults to the same tendencies repelling against its fear of chaos, quickly renders itself irrelevant. All voices matter, especially those with which we do not at first seem to harmonize. Let's seek to build bridges to points we both agree upon. Rich Buckley
Intuitively, I sense what seems to be happening relates more to a shifting definition of our God-head, a new emerging list of attributes we recognized as Christian aspects of God. This causes great discomfort for many, often fear and anxiety, even hatred. I strive to keep a relaxed and open mind. I'd dare say that when we look at almost any congregation we often do not realize how much we have changed. Words such as "meditate", "meditation", "collective consciousness", "in touch with their natural self", "unity", "entanglement", "action at a distance", "heart-mind coherence", "resonate", synchronicity, "soul individuation," these are more than new ways of expressing ancient ideas. Often these are new ideas being accepted under the broader sweep of of everyday conversations among mainstream religions' congregations. The center of who we are and what defines us, is constantly shifting. Those who count the numbers are usually only focused on "my church" or "my movement" of which they associate themselves as belonging. But the Mother Church of all Christianity, i.e., the Catholic Church clearly is planning strategically and multi-generationally to absorb everything back into itself when the era is right perhaps over the next 1000 years. http://tinyurl.com/yfsgw8h . The real question will be does the church lead from the rear, or from the front. The church I want to associate with leads from the rear.
(Rich’s Thoughts and Emotions) Occupy Wall Street – New York (OWS-NY) has survived the season and given many of us hope that we might find ways to listen to each other in the spirit of non-violence. I bow my head in appreciation to the Movement that it has kept the call for violence at bay. The energy of the season is rushing in upon us. The moment seems all too brief, perhaps not more than a 72-hour window when Western hearts everywhere open themselves to the symbols of peace and love, where a willingness to listen and absorb the energy you send me, seems at least as strong or stronger as the apparent need for my energy to be heard is sent out to you. These are moments of cosmic unity. May they transform our hearts and heal our divisions. Pass the Love.. rich buckley (http://youtu.be/r_YOG3jMlV4 )