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Sunday, September 17th, 2006
1:11 pm
Declaration of Invitation
Okay.  I've decided.  I'm gonna do it.  Coming Summer 2007:
Camp Eastern...WEST!

Possible ideas: hippie hill, california cuisine, activist workshops, free concerts, group games on the beach, site-seeing scavenger hunt, hiking and biking in Marin,  readings from the Berkeley Psychic Institute.

Brochures won't be out for another like, 6 months.  If you have ideas or input for the date, time frame, activities, rules, etc. let me know.
Remember Camp Eastern...EAST!  of 2005 here.  If you have pictures from that event, please get them to me somehow.

Current Mood: amused
Monday, April 10th, 2006
5:40 pm
FBI Keeps Watch on Activists
Los Angeles Times - March 27, 2006 
Antiwar, other groups are monitored to curb violence, not because of ideology, agency says. 

*by Nicholas Riccardi*
DENVER — The FBI, while waging a highly publicized war against terrorism, has spent resources gathering information on antiwar and environmental protesters and on activists who feed vegetarian meals to the homeless, the agency's internal memos show.
Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
1:18 pm
Fucking Hope Students, beating us at Intentional Community.
Beleza Community Coffeehouse -- changing the world, one cup at a time
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Monday, March 13th, 2006
7:11 pm
I couldn't decide tonight between eating old-world style potato pierogies with lots of butter and onion or chili samosas... I decided on samosas and am so excited about them, I wanted to share the joy.

What is your favourite type of potato? How many different ways have you had it? Is there a kind of potato you don't want to have? A variety of potato you feel strongly about?

Oh, the potato.

Current Mood: bouncy
Saturday, February 11th, 2006
1:05 am
Wednesday, February 8th, 2006
11:06 pm
could they be any stupider, folks?
okay. seriously, this has to be the most CONCRETE example of just how *moronic the "religious right" can be...


or read my favourite excerpt--- Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, the biggest Christian denomination in the US, and a friend of President Bush, says the science [on global warming] remains inconclusive.

"You have to be careful that you don't speak for a consensus before a consensus is formed," he said.

"Among American evangelicals there is no consensus about the causes of global warming, severity of global warming, or the solutions to global warming."

Thursday, January 26th, 2006
1:25 pm
What do you think?

Google's Dilemna

Google's Philoosophy (Just in case you've never read it, because you aren't a nerd like me.)

Sunday, December 18th, 2005
6:03 am
Sunday, October 9th, 2005
10:14 am
Thursday, August 4th, 2005
10:15 pm
Define This! .01
So, I've been mulling this idea over in my head. Some words seem to be more culturally defined than Webster's tends to lead us to believe. Some words' definitions seem to change between every individual you talk to. So, I thought, how about I begin compiling definitions? Words like good, evil, feminine, etc. It could be like a "Word of the Day" thing, except without the regular schedule part. So, here I go...

The Rules: Don't read anyone else's definitions before you post your own. Do not consult any sources of any kind other than what you believe the word or phrase means to you. Only one word or phrase will be given at a time, so as to minimize cross-contamination of definitions. :3

Saturday, July 23rd, 2005
12:06 pm
the priestess of creativy has spoken
beauty can be known in the art-work of the brilliant soul of Natalie Stoner.

moon book

3 graces

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005
12:15 pm
Intentional Community Essay Questions
What does "intentional community" require?
Why is/n't it important to you? More for political, spiritual, emotional, or financial reasons?
Do you like living in "intentional community" -- why or why not?
Is it good for you?

Current Mood: interested
Friday, July 15th, 2005
1:17 pm
A little something to ponder...
A friend of mine put together a little something. I thought you guys might like to read/discuss it.
Friday, June 24th, 2005
10:07 am
i don't normally do this, but i was so struck by the following article in the BBC that i *had* to do something...


if you have read this, and feel the same way i do about pres. bush using his faith as a mask for evil, you can do something about it...LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
Sunday, June 12th, 2005
11:27 am
Bem Sex Inventory?
steph...i read on an earlier post of alex's where you mentioned the Bem Sex inventory. you sent him a link to an online test....could you post it here? i did mange to find one through google....and it calculated me as 5.4 male, 5.4 female...which i guess makes me perfectly androgynous. tim checked out as more "feamle" than "male". i would like to know more about this, but like the stephanie kinney abbreviated version...NOT the long online technically jargonated versions. i can't read non-fiction well....

so yeah....interested in more sex and "gender" theory.....help?
Saturday, June 4th, 2005
1:11 pm
the Emerging Church
On Sunday I will be going to church with my old youth group leader... the church is called the Hot Metal Bridge Church, and it is based on Emerging Theology, my new obsession. What is ‘Emerging Church’? Summarized from Open Source Theology
  1. A reaction against recent evangelicalism – ‘post-evangelical.’
  2. The Emerging Church is the shift in Christianity catalyzed by the wider cultures’ shift from modernim to post-modernism, “from objectivism to relativism, from certainty to doubt, from singularity to plurality, from Story to stories.”
  3. It’s gathering momentum, but doesn’t have a strong sense of identity yet. It means different things to different people: do Christians worship differently, commune differently, abandon structure?
  4. The Emerging Church is suspicious of controlling structures in religious life and thought. (church hierarchy, dominant cultural forms, doctrinal formulations, etc.)
  5. Emphasis is placed on relational paradigms as the basis for Christian activity, on “inclusivity,” and “liquid” expressions of community.
  6. Seeks a more holistic spirituality and wider engagement in the public sphere. This means exploring a broader spectrum of Christian traditions, and social activism encompassing more than evangelism.
for more info: Emergent Village, Eternal Purpose,
another take from a blog of someone who's not an evangelical.
Emergent Theology in Pittsburgh
A google on Grand Rapids & Emergent Theology will probably bring you a Christianity Today articleabout Mars Hill. Some others disagree vehemently with calling Mars Hill an emerging church. I tend to agree with them.  (That last link has a bizarre Real Conversation about Pudding, just so you know.) A less controversial West Michigan Emerging Theology blog exists, also.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
2:24 pm
Things that annoy me (not comprehensive):

I am deeply frustrated by people who equate testicles or manhood to courage. I am enangered by people who feel that penis size is an acceptable subject of degredation (whether it be based off of known truth or simply a fashioned mockery). I don't approve at all.

In addition, I simply disapprove of masculine stereotypes. I have heard a lot of them directed at me or diverted around me, and a few are even polar opposites of each other. Some I have equally heard applied to women. I don't like being "an exception to the rule", as I have, at times, been called. I don't want to be viewed as an exception so much as proof that there are men that don't fall into false stereotypes. Out of the few stereotypes I do fall into, I know enough men that don't to make those stereotypes equally foolish.

I don't see how any true equality between the genders can be gained unless men and women start looking at each other as true individuals and not as a construction of stereotypes.
Thursday, May 26th, 2005
2:48 pm
stem cell research
a snippet from a BBC article, which can be found here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4580299.stm

Mr Bush made a public appearance to restate his opposition, surrounded by children who would not have been born but for frozen embryos donated by one couple to another.

"These lives are not raw material to be exploited, but gifts," he said.

Meanwhile in Congress, even prominent pro-life Republicans were voting in favour of a bill to widen federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

"Who can say that prolonging a life is not pro-life?" said Rep Jo Ann Emerson, who said she had a "perfect" pro-life record and whose mother-in-law had died the night before of Alzheimer's disease.

"I must follow my heart on this and cast a vote in favour," she said.

Jim Langevin, (Dem), who was paralysed aged 16 in a gun accident, came to the microphone in his wheelchair.

"Being pro-life also means fighting for policies that will eliminate pain and suffering," he said.

views, anyone?
Sunday, May 15th, 2005
4:16 pm
Biblical Marriage
Okay, Dan: defend! (I'm surprised there's nothing in here about lying with your aunt, your fathers' wives, etc.)
Draft Of A Constitutional Amendment To Defend Biblical Marriage

• Marriage in the United States of America shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Genesis 29:17-28; II Samuel 3:2-5.)

• Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives. (II Samuel 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chronicles 11:21)

• A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed. (Deuteronomy 22:13-21)

• Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall be forbidden. (Genesis 24:3; Numbers 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Nehemiah 10:30, 2 Corinthians 6:14)

• Since marriage is for life, neither the U.S. Constitution nor any state law shall permit divorce. (Deuteronomy 22:19; Mark 10:9-12)

• If a married man dies without children, his brother must marry the widow. If the brother refuses to marry the widow, or deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law. (Genesis 38:6-10; Deuteronomy 25:5-10)

• In lieu of marriage (if there are no acceptable men to be found), a woman shall get her father drunk and have sex with him. (Genesis 19:31-36)

Current Mood: hyper
Saturday, May 14th, 2005
8:04 pm
I just thought people might have thoughts. maybe it belongs in my personal journal but who cares? i'm the moderator, and i don't give a fuck.

1. At work the other day I listened to a radio program detailing why it was the shooters at Kent Universitiy who deserved sympathy, not the students and how anti-war protestors are actually anti-America and anti-Capitalist, not anti-violence. They had a point insomuch as the shooters *also* deserve sympathy and American values (such as capitalism and a current pro-war stance in our government) are under attack by anti-war activists. However, I was also really annoyed for reasons you all know (if being anti-vioence is a religious belief, and we have freedom of religion, aren't i pro-american rights?) and conflicted because I felt I *should* be able to hear an alternate point of view without cringing, admit where they're right, and stand firm where i believe i am. Grrrrrr.

2. At what point do stereotypes become hurtful? I know I use them to change, maybe in good ways, maybe in bad. I agree with someone's politics, admire their sense of fashion (I don't have my own!), and pretty soon we're all sharing a meal of organic-peanut-tofu sauté at a community house, and listening to Sufjan Stevens.

At Calvin I used this as a safety. I find out someone's anti-war, wearing a head scarf, etc. and I don't have to worry about being bitched at for not being a Christian, having premarital sex, or *gasp* having it with women.

But is this a useful survival skill now? Am I just cutting myself off? Am I using stereotypes as a tool to find more things I like and am interested in? Is it legitimate to assume a long-lasting friendship won't be built with die-hard WalMart-shoppers, Top 40 devotees, or someone with a "Support Our Troops" bumper sticker? Or am I cutting myself off from actually making change in the world?

And if its the latter, how do I stay plugged in to the books/music/movies I want to experience and the news I want to hear without alienating myself from alternate opinions?

(emilee, i love that Jem quote)

Current Mood: ill-at-rest
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