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Thursday, February 26th, 2009
8:26 am
A Texas Howdy and some thoughts on Lent
Hi folks, I'm new here. I'm thinking this group here is right up my alley. :)

I'm Jenn, I'm 44, I live in rural Texas with my husband and three of our six kids (4 his, 2 mine, all ours, as we like to put it). I have journeyed through many faith paths, and for now, the United Methodist approach seems to be what works for me.

It's very weird being a liberal Christian in rural Texas. We live in a town of 579 registered voters, and my husband and I and one of our friends are the only registered Democrats in the entire town. But yet these very conservative people accept us just as we are, it's very cool.

Anyways, I wanted to share my thoughts on my first Lent in ten years as a non-Catholic.

Today was my first Ash Wednesday as a non-Catholic. Did it feel any different?

No, it didn't. I thought that it would, but it was just as deep and meaningful as last year in the Catholic church.

We heard a sermon by Nancy DiMarco (Rocky is out of town with his wife, visiting both sets of their parents) about disciplining ourselves for prayer and reflection during Lent and always. It was a very interesting sermon, and I must ask her for a copy of it.

We did a responsorial psalm, the standard 51st. I wasn't crazy about the musical setting for that one, I far prefer this (which is also probably my all time favorite worship song, since I first heard it in 1980):

But choice of music isn't the point. The point is in the message, which is awareness of my own sins, confessing them to God, and true repentance.

This will be the first Lent in nearly ten years that I have not gone to confession with a priest. That will be strange. I still am not fully comfortable with the idea that I don't need a priest to absolve me of my sin, that God Himself does that, has, in fact, already done that. It comes down to learning to trust in God, not a church organization.

This Lenten season it is my intention to deepen my understanding of God and what He wills for me. To deepen my relationship with Him through prayer and study of my Bible. To examine myself deeply, truly repent of my sins both past and present, and seek forgiveness for all of it. To start fresh and clean.

That will be my Lenten sacrifice. I'm not giving up something tangible. I'm giving up taking it all for granted, instead.

May this Lent bring everybody closer to God.

Lenten reflection x-posted to theroadtravelled and my own LJ.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
2:29 pm
I was listening to a This American Life podcast titled Pray, about the divide between those that believe in God and those that don't. The reporter was in Colorado Springs, doing a prayerwalk there with some conservative Christians (from what used to be Ted Haggard's church there, maybe it still is, I don't know), and they came upon a schoolyard where they said awful things had happened (they could feel it, apparently). The reporter thought of gang rapes, violence, that kind of thing, but they said, no, the drama kids used to gather there. And everyone knew they were liberal, and thus more open to other viewpoints.

I know, the horror. I can't get used to being open to other viewpoints being seen as a bad thing. That liberal is such a dirty word..

The divide between left and rightwing Christians sometimes makes me wonder how we can both stem from the same religion, from the same beliefs. I know a lot of conservatives disapprove of everything I stand for, and I know I'm often scared by most of what they believe. It's hard to find common ground sometimes.
Monday, February 23rd, 2009
9:26 pm
Lent is approaching, as I'm sure you all know. I always give something up, though it isn't always food. I gave up buying books one year (a major sacrifice), sleep another (I got up half an hour earlier each day to spend time with God), and snacks another year.

I don't know what to do this year, so I thought I'd inquire about your plans. What are you giving up for Lent?

x-posted in ljchristians 
Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
11:01 pm
Hi everyone! I know it's not a very exciting post, but I was wondering if you had any good books to recommend. I don't know very much about Christianity (I was baptized at 15, and while I know God, I don't know theology). Because I'm a leftleaning christian in a rightleaning environment, I'd love to brush up on my theology so I can hold my own in discussions etc and articulate what my beliefs are more succesfully. So basically I'm looking for books that give a broad overview of theological positions from a leftist perspective.

Kind of related, I also have a more direct question: have you every had a book change your life? Which one was it?
12:19 pm
Mod Notice
You guys know you're welcome to post, right?
Friday, February 6th, 2009
9:43 pm
Question of the Day
What are your views on sexuality?

Are you a staunch believer in waiting until marriage? Do you believe that it's okay if you're in a committed and loving relationship?

What are your views on promiscuity?

Your thoughts?
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
2:53 pm
Does anyone have any pre-confirmation/pre-adult baptism books that they would recommend? I'm going to be baptised into the Anglican church in April and want some interesting theology to read as I mentally prepare. 

Recently I've read: 

Mere Christianity and The End of Religion: Encountering The Subversive Spirituality of Jesus and some books written by local priests/bishops on Interfaith and Feminism matters in the church.

Any other good, progressive theology recommendations appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
Saturday, January 31st, 2009
3:42 pm
Question of the Day

What is the biggest challenge for you in being a Liberal Christian/Christian Liberal?

Monday, January 26th, 2009
1:06 pm
There's No Home For You Here
Cross-posted to various sites.

This question is for my fellow LGBTQ Christians and straight Christians if they have any sage advice on this matter.

Few people understand the hardships that LBTQ Christians endure. Homosexuality is often viewed as the one "unforgivable" sin by many mainstream and conservative Christian circles. But what's also hurtful is that I've faced the same rebuke and hatred from many liberal and gay circles for being a Christian. Not because I've ever proselytised or forced my beliefs on others (I'm very open-minded and respectful to other beliefs and viewpoints), but because my belief system is different from theirs, I'm deemed as inferior for believing in an imaginary sky ghost. And thus proving that religious bigotry and intolerance works both ways.

It often feels like being a man without a country for lack of a better example.

So to my fellow LGBTQ Christians, have you experienced this yourselves and if so, how do you cope with being ostracized from two communities you're related to?
Sunday, January 25th, 2009
10:19 am
Two Movies to Watch
For those of you who don't understand the seemingly insurmountable struggle that LGBTQ Christians face (or even if you are all too familiar with said struggle), I highly recommend you watch Prayers for Bobby and Save Me.

Prayers for Bobby is now showing on Lifetime and Save Me is available to watch for free on the Netflix Instant Queue.
Saturday, January 24th, 2009
11:58 pm
And We're Off
Guidelines and interests have been posted (as well as a nifty pic). Check em out and let me know if you have any thoughts/concerns.
6:47 pm
Getting Things Together
Okay guys,

Thanks for the comments and suggestions. They've really been insightful and most enlightening. I was giving everyone time to learn about the community and join. I think I'm going to post an invite over in christianleft just to remind folks who missed the memo or who may have misconceptions (like you have to join one group or the other).

Anyway, currently I'm working on the User Info and establishing the basic guidelines. I've also looked at the comments here and the communities suggested as guidelines.

In addition, I need someone to compile a list of interests to put on the profile page. Do I have any volunteers? Mods, I could especially use your assistance in that.

Once I finish the guidelines, I'll post a roughdraft and we can discuss if they need any tweaking for clarification or what not.

Anyway, thanks again. You guys rock and I'm really excited about this community.
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
8:13 pm
So It Begins
Welcome new members.

Before we start, let me introduce myself. I'm neo_prodigy. Like most of you, I'm a member of christian_left. First off, I'd like thank logicalargument for founding this community and allowing me to serve you all as maintainer.

I thank each of you for stepping out on faith and joining this community. I have a lot of ideas in store and I think in spite of all that's happened, we can make this community an awesome.

That being said, the first thing I need to know is HOW CAN I SERVE YOU?

What do you envision for this community? What would you like to see?

Being a liberal and Christian is never easy and I would like to see this community be a place where we can share our experiences, offer advice, fellowship, post news and also have some fun.

While discussion and exchanging ideas is always encouraged, debate is not and for the sake of keeping with the mission and purpose of this community, I'm going to monitor and halt debate for now until we get a handle on things.

Next order of business is the User Info. What would you like to see included. This is your haven so I want your input.

Because this is a new forum, we'll be feeling our way through until we figure things out so bear with me if I make a mistake. I'm sorry, I mean bear with me WHEN I make a mistake. LOL. I promise I'll try my best to keep them to a minimum.

Also co-moderators are kisekileia and violetxfires. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Let us know how we can serve you best.
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