From the Onion: Christ Announces Hiring Of Associate Christ

Christ Announces Hiring Of Associate Christ | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

“Overwhelmed by prayers,”  Jesus Christ is urging folks to enlist the services of a customer service rep from Tacoma, Washington, who has promised the same level of service as people have come to expect from the Son of God himself, according to the Onion.

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No Outcasts on marriage in postmodern society

Ran across this in a blog that’s an outreach of the Diocese of Central NY that seems to be a proponent of the church of beer. (They have an open spirituality discussion that meets monthly at Empire Brewing Company, in Armory Square in Syracuse.) This essay talks about the implications of marriage in the afterlife, but I had one of those eye-pop out of your head moments when I read the latter portion of it:

Ironically, the emphasis today on marriage and family values has contributed to the loss of community. Isolated and without adequate social support, families are forced to rely on their own resources. The day to day stress on families has increased significantly as both parents are pressured to work more hours than their parents. Children hardly get to be children these days, passed as they are from one activity to the next, one parent to the next. The pressures and tensions are just too much for individual households to bear and literally pits family members against each other.

So beware of political candidates who claim to support family values, it actually demonstrates a lack of vision, an inability to imagine a better basis for our society.

Marriage cannot serve as the foundation of any society. Like Atlas trying to shoulder the weight of the world, marriage is crumbling under a burden it cannot possibly bear. Attempts to artificially reinforce it as the basis of society only make it a rigid and oppressive structure. And worse, insisting on this false foundation deprives us of the firmer ground we so desperately need.

Does this mean we shouldn’t get married? No, but marriage needs to be grounded in the larger context of a human community founded on compassion rather than oppression. If we remember to view marriage as a fragile relationship rather than an institution, we are much more likely to honor the humanity of the people involved.

The emphasis is mine, because it hits very close to home on a couple of points. Many gen-x-ers don’t trust institutions, and that includes both marriage and the church. Maybe that’s why the church of beer, as I call it, is what it is. Hanging out with friends over tea/coffee or a couple of pints and allowing conversation to flow freely may seem anarchic or subversive as a way of practicing faith in community to some folks. But for others, it’s freeing. Similarly, as DFH and I wrestle with what it means to be married, his distrust of the institution is clear even though I plead for us to approach it as a way of personally affirming our lifelong commitment to one another.

Anyhow, No Outcasts is a nifty blog, with a liberal dose of illustrations for those of us that think words are just the things that come between the pictures. You can check out the essay — and find the rest of the blog, which seems to be updated monthly — here.

Things can always be worse

Blogs of Fail.

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bread.org

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Here’s a link I didn’t have. Bread for the World.

They need a communications director, but it’s at a level higher than I’m qualified for. I think.

Peace for Breakfast

I came home last night from the grocery store with a bagful or four of food, in an effort to push myself toward a more mindful way of eating. One of the things I picked up was a Maple Pecan cereal from these folks:

Peace Cereal – The organic breakfast cereal dedicated to peace

I joked to DH that this even had its own yogi, because there was a turbaned fellow on the side of the box. He got very excited. “That’s the same dude that does my chai!”

Sure enough, we looked on the side of his box of chai, and it’s the same guy!

I wasn’t sure if I would like the stuff, seeing as cardamom and ginger aren’t exactly what I think of when I get a hankering for Honey Bunches of Oats, but you know, it hit the same exact spot.

peace.

peace.

Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
*crunch*

We’re due for a big storm tonight. I’m curled up with Netflix and knitting, and saying a prayer for the peace activists who have been abducted. Please God, look after them. Please.

RUGMARK Foundation

RUGMARK Foundation

File under Fair Trade:

RUGMARK is a global nonprofit organization working to end illegal child labor and offer educational opportunities for children in India, Nepal and Pakistan.

The RUGMARK label is your best assurance that no illegal child labor was employed in the manufacture of a carpet or rug.

They are holding a raffle for a nifty rug that has a Dalai Lama quote woven into it. Check it out here.

Now available in black

I was going to post something rantly about how we are manipulated to shop on this day and hallelujah for those that resist the retail machine. That said, I always like to plug the small businesses of friends of mine that kick ass, and i will do so in a week or so, after payday. But I'm not buying a thing today. I'm going to sell some things today, but that's not the same thing. There's something about mall culture during the holidays that I need to experience again, and so off I go to the little Borders to foist books on people.

But then I found out that http://www.goingjesus.com has made WTFWJD shirts available in black, and I remembered what the spirit of the season is really all about.

I am so pleased that my son doesn't really want anything for Christmas. All my years of poverty that I did manage to get him Santa, and now that I SHOULD be able to get him a healthy roster of stuff, I can't afford to, mostly because he's outgrown all his clothes and is now 5'4.

If anyone has some 32×30 jeans lying around that don't fit anymore, they'll fit him (cuffed), so…

Oh, wait, that's my size. (sigh!!!!!) Eeek!!!

And he turns 13 in just over a week!!!