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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Katzpur, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. Katzpur

    Katzpur Not your average Mormon

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    You've been around forever, but we've all forgotten that 2-line blurb you wrote about yourself the day you joined RF. Your posts are insightful, touching, informative, uplifting and clever. Okay, once in a while they are puzzling and annoying! Sometimes they make us wonder what kind of a person is sitting at the keyboard. :confused:

    We want to know more about you -- now that we sort of think we know you. If -- and only if -- you have met any of the following criteria, you are invited to re-introduce yourself on this thread:

    1. Been a member for at least 8 months and have at least 2400 posts to your credit
    2. Been a member for at least 10 months and have at least 2000 posts to your credit
    3. Been a member for least 12 months and have at least 1200 posts to your credit.

    Please refresh our memories. Who are you and where are you from? How old are you? Are you male or female? Are you married or single? Straight or gay? Catholic, Wiccan, Jewish, Muslim or something else?

    Okay, a lot of that stuff is on your profile, but a lot of other stuff isn't. What makes you happy? What makes you sad? What are your pet peeves? Do you have any hopes and dreams you'd like to share? What are your hobbies and interests? What kind of work do you do? What are your favorite movies, books, places to visit? What's your favorite food, your favorite color, your favorite time of year? Do you have kids? Pets? You get my drift...

    We want to make this a fun thread where we can all get to know one another better. We also want to make posting on it a goal some of the newbies can set for themselves. Would one of our illustrious admins care to make the first post?
     
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  2. Green Gaia

    Green Gaia Veteran Member

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    Hi, my name is Amy and I am a RFaholic. :D

    I joined this forum just days after Rex had opened it. He was advertising on some other forums, one of which I was a member of at the time, VeggieBoards.com. So I came over and said "hey you don't have a UU forum, you should make one!" So he did and made me a moderator of it and you all have been stuck listening to me ever since. :D This forum has really given me a chance to hash out what I believe and why I believe it. I learn something new everyday here and I thank you all for that.


    Now me outside RF: I am a UU, as you all know. I was brought up in the Church of Christ but never really fit in there. My family left that church as a whole when I was a teenager because of differences my parents had with the leaders. It was really for the best. But I didn't give religion much thought until I got to college and was on my own for the first time. I was alone and I was scared but I still didn't know where I belonged in a religion. Then after my son was born, I thought more about attending a church for him. I wanted him to think about the "big questions" but at the time I didn't feel I could give him a good conversation about it, (granted he was only a year old, lol). I was living in Lexington, KY at the time and opened the phone book to the church listings, went down the page hoping something would jump out at me. Well, it didn't. Until I got to the end of the listing and saw Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington. I'd never heard of them before, so I got on the internet and looked them up and spent hours reading the church's and UUA's websites. I loved what I was reading and signed up for a "new to UU" class they were offering. It was just what I was looking for, I was home.

    Last summer I moved to Virginia and found another wonderful UU church that I am proud to be a member of. I teach Children's RE (religious education), I serve on the Welcoming Congregation committee which works to make our church a welcome place for BGLT people, and just this morning I was asked to be a Greeter (ganged up on was more like it, but I was flattered nonetheless!).

    I have 2 wonderful, beautiful, intelligent and comical children. They are really the center of my life. I can go on and on about them, but I do that enough so I'll stop myself now.

    I am gay. That's not always been as easy thing for me to say and is still difficult in person. After spending years of hiding myself from even myself, it is hard to change that. I am a very private person about just about everything, and it doesn't get much more personal than someone's sexuality. I am trying to be more open about it. I have 'come out' at church (they didn't look surprised) in a committee meeting and it is helping me having people there to talk to about my issues. I haven't been able to tell my family yet, but I'm hoping someday I will be able to do that as well.

    My dream job would be to own a bookstore, but the older I get the more elusive that dream seems. I would also love to do something within UU and my church, that too is far off. Before I moved, I was working on my degree in Religious Studies. Because of residency restrictions, I've had to sit out this year or pay out-of-state tuition, which I could not have afforded. But I am looking forward to getting back into college this fall.

    I have a cat. I adopted her from the Humane Society. I had seen her in an ad on the news and just knew I had to adopt her. I've had her for 6 years. I'm not happy with her at the moment because she clawed my hutch. :mad:

    Last year I joined a gym and I love working out and my daughter and I go to the gym at least once a day, everyday except Sundays (or when we are sick, lol). I've lost over 20 lbs. so far! :woohoo: I still have a lot to go, but I'm really enjoying it and it is going well. And I've almost recovered from trying yoga.

    I love hiking and camping and have a couple trips planned already for next summer. I've always been to the same places in Kentucky so I am very excited to explore new areas here in Virginia. There is a women's backpacking group that I want to join that sounds like a lot of fun too.

    Well, I think that's the most I've ever written about myself....

    Cheers!
    Amy
     
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  3. robtex

    robtex Veteran Member

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    No kidding !! Wow great post. Out of frubals from congrats thread..Raincheck?

    Me same guy except I lost my God on here about a year ago. Here is my original intro.
    http://www.religiousforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3875
     
  4. Katzpur

    Katzpur Not your average Mormon

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    Yup, that much I already knew! The rest, however, was fascinating!


    UU seems to fit you perfectly. I'm so happy you found a good fit without having to try on a hundred different churches! :D What's involved in Children's RE anyway? Unitarians are so diverse that it seems that would be quite a challenge -- you know, keeping all the parents happy since some believe one way and some another.


    No. Don't stop. Tell us more.


    Go for it!


    Yeah, they can be stinkers sometimes. By the way, have you ever seen those claw covers you can put on over their claws? I just saw some for the first time a couple of weeks ago.


    Wow! That's impressive. Good for you!


    Well, if you ever get out to Utah, I'll show you some hikes that will blow your mind!


    Thanks for starting this off, Amy!

    Kathryn
     
  5. Katzpur

    Katzpur Not your average Mormon

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    Oh, sure, Rob. Make me copy and paste. :D

    Doesn't it seem kind of funny reading that now? Newbie to supermod and a grundle of frubals to go with it.

    UU seems to be a good fit for you, too. But I can't help but be curious... What draws an athiest or agnostic to any church? When they talk about God (if they do, 'cause I really don't know), do you just tune out or what? I love how the UUs are so totally open to everybody. It just seems odd to me that a non-theist would have much use for any church at all. Would you mind explaining?

    Kathryn
     
  6. robtex

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    I tried to give the frubals back but I can't find the "frubal back button." UU is a good fit. It is a methodology. I bet this will blow your mind, but religioustolerance.org projects that 46 % of UU's are humanists. (see two footnotes)
    http://www.religioustolerance.org/u-u1.htm
    http://www.religioustolerance.org/humanism.htm

    What I mean by methodology, it is a process for understanding spirtuality and its influence and interaction with religions of the world. The UU church that I have attended (on a waxing schedule actually) had a minister whom I am pretty sure is an atheist. She lectured alot on famous humanists and atheists.

    To specifically address, "Do I tune-out God talk" not anymore than I do on RF. Irregardless if I believe in God or not others do and religion has had a very large impact on humanity and culture. If you read my journal I talked about it today. It seems, from my personal experience off the forums that quite a number of atheists are very knowledgable about religions. People like Linwood and Deut have 4 and 5 times the amount of knowledge about religion in their head. Many of those in my atheist group also know more about world religions than I do.

    UU talks about God alot. Just the God and flavor of belief shifts from sermon to sermon.

    ok your turn:
     
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  7. jewscout

    jewscout Religious Zionist

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    howdy all...name's Huff...i'm converting to conservative Judaism as the first step in where i need to go spiritually
    i have a beautiful GF of over 2 years, Rachel, who is moving to Israel and we want to be there in Eretz Yisrael and raise a family there
     
  8. Katzpur

    Katzpur Not your average Mormon

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    Hi, Huff.

    Well, that was a short intro. You're a man of few words. (I did learn your real name, though.) I've always been curious about something. Maybe you can help me understand. I always thought that it wasn't really possible to convert to Judaism -- that it was a lineage thing and that while a person might be able to worship as a Jew, if he wasn't born a Jew, he'd never be considered by those who were as being truly Jewish. I know I got that from somewhere; I mean I didn't just make it up. So, is there anything at all to that or am I just up in the night?
     
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    jewscout Religious Zionist

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    not true at all...did you know that the people that christianity teaches are the ancestors of Jesus were, themselves Converts? The great grandmother of David HaMelech (king david) was a convert woman. Once you convert you are as much a jew and part of the covenant than anyone born a jew. In fact i read somewhere that G-d holds a special place in His "heart" for those who choose to take on the Yoke of Mitzvot because we are warned and take a great deal of effort to reach that point.
    the matriarchs, Sarah, Rebecah, Rachel and Leah...all converts
    there is a long history of the Righteous Converts in Judaism...and they are all Jews through and through and as equally a part of the covenant.
     
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    jewscout Religious Zionist

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    PS sorry i'm being so short...sometimes i don't know what to say about myself.
     
  11. Katzpur

    Katzpur Not your average Mormon

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    Thanks! I appreciate getting accurate information on this subject.
     
  12. Green Gaia

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    Well, we do different things for the different age and the curriculum will change from year to year. But give them a good basis on Unitarian Universalism, our beliefs and our history (Judeo-Christian history). We also teach about other religions and what others believe and what we can learn from them, even if we do not follow that religion. We talk about social issues. For example, this coming Sunday I'm teaching a class on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., since Monday is his holiday. We'll talk about what he did and why it was important and how it relates to our beliefs as UUs.

    This kind of religious education is what UU parents expect. We want our kids exposed to different ideas, even if we do not hold them ourselves. We put a high value on allowing kids to explore and think for themselves.


    No, I haven't! I will have to look for them.


    Awesome! :jam:
     
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    Shadow Wolf Crazy Diamond

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    Actually, I never introduced myself, so in one month, or 200 posts, which ever comes first, I'll just go through with the first one.
     
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    Green Gaia Veteran Member

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    I challenge all the other Admins and Super Mods to re-introduce themselves! :woohoo:
     
  15. Feathers in Hair

    Feathers in Hair World's Tallest Hobbit

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    Groovy thread! I pre-apologize for answering the OP word-for word, but I like the questions.

    I am Margaret Ann Lawrence, otherwise known as Meggie Feathers in Hair. I'm 26 years old, female and single. I'm pretty sure I'm straight, but I might just be bi with a preference for guys. I'm a pagan, primarily practising in the Celtic shamanism tradition, though I have great respect for other faiths, too.

    What makes me happy? Being around animals, reading, writing and chatting with people. What makes me sad? Being away from nature for a long time, dealing with unkind persons... Most of my pet peeves are about myself. I still don't understand why I feel the need to stick the sticker from the apple I'm eating on my forehead. One of my dearest dreams is to become a writer, but simply to earn a living at massage therapy would be wonderful, too. One of my hobbies is rubber stamping. I'm between work at the moment, and am realizing that I may have to pursue SSD until my depression and panic attacks are better managed. I love anime, the "Discworld" series, and enjoy visiting the library and large parks and zoos. My favorite food is baked macaroni and cheese, my favorite color is blue (with yellow being a close second) and my favorite time of the year is fall. I've no kids, but I've got three cats, a ferret and several outdoor critters that I treat as pets, including a goose that thinks I'm his mate.
     
  16. Katzpur

    Katzpur Not your average Mormon

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    I think that's really neat. I bet UU kids grow up to be tolerant adults.
     
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    Katzpur Not your average Mormon

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    Hello, Margaret Ann! So do people (like your family) call you Meggie? I have a 26-year old son who is also single. I want him to get married!!! He looks like John Cusack, loves art films, reading and animals. Interested?

    All very good things!

    Animal lovers are good people!
     
  18. Feathers in Hair

    Feathers in Hair World's Tallest Hobbit

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    Oooo, don't tempt me, Kat! In my opinion, John Cusack's one of the cutest guys walking the earth right now!

    Meggie is what everyone who knows me calls me, that and Feathers! I apparently decided that that's what I was going to be called when I began to speak- according to the stories, I insisted upon Meggie. (I believed until recently that the neighbors had dubbed me with the name, and a month or so ago learned otherwise. It's interesting because I also- before I learned this- was studying English monoliths and learned that there's one near Penrith called "Little Meg". Which is, of course, what Meggie means. :) I hope to make a journey there one day, to see if I'm connected to it.)
     
  19. BUDDY

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    Thank you for starting this thread Kat. I actually think about this a lot because when I first joined I never took the time to introduce myself. I was so excited about finding the sight, that I just jumped in with both feet.

    My real name is Earl Edward W. III, but since I was born I have gone by the nickname of Buddy. My grandfather was nicknamed Buddy and when I was born I was told that I looked just like him. Red hair and all. That is how I came up with my username on this sight, my initials EEW and my nickname when I played football, RED. If I could do it all over again though I would just be Buddy on my username, but I have to save up some more points to do that.

    I am a man. I am 31 years young and single. I was born in Arizona and my father was in the Air Force. I spent my entire life moving from place to place, and until I was 18 I had lived in Arizona, California, Florida, Alaska, Louisiana, Arkansas, Republic of Panama, Texas and Georgia. At the age of 18 I joined the Marine Corps because I wanted to serve my country and I needed some direction in my life. I spent 6 years in active duty and was able to take some college studies at the same time. When I got off active duty, I went to school at Texas A&M University and finished my undergraduate studies. I then went for my masters at the University of Texas. I then moved back to College Station Texas to work in hotels. This entire time I was Marine Corps Reserve. In January of 2002 I volunteered for active duty again and went overseas. I got out of the Marine Corps for good in 2004 and pursued a dream of mine to move back to Alaska where I had such wonderful memories as a child. I am more happy here than I hae been in a while.

    I am a member of the church of Christ, and grew up in the church. I left for a while and was in lifestyle that I am not proud of, but came back when I realized the emptiness of life without a church family.

    I love RF and the people on here. My only pet peeve is politics and the stupidity that sometimes goes with the discussion of it.

    What do I love more than anything? I was actually thinking about this the other day. I love the feeling you get when you meet someone that you are totally attracted to, but you're not sure if it is mutual. You get that rush a adrenaline that makes your heart flutter a little bit, but at the same time you are a little worried about having it broken. You want to be cautious, but you just can't help the way you feel. I am going through that right now with someone, and while it is stressful and worrisome, it also lets you know that you are alive and not an empty shell. That you may have something that you can offer someone that they will appreciate. I love that feeling.

    Anyway, thanks for letting me get this out. Peace.

    ~Buddy
     
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    BUDDY User of Aspercreme

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    Still waiting for some of our MOD's to re-introduce themselves here. There are some folks out there who I would like to get to know more about. Pretty Please...
     
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