Christian Zionism

Abagond

Christian Zionism (1585- ) is the belief among some Christians that Jews should have Palestine (Israel) as their homeland, as promised in the Bible by God (Yahweh). In the US most Zionists are not Jewish but Christian, in particular White Evangelical Protestants.

It’s not all about the Benjamins, despite what Ilhan Omar might think. As powerful and monied as is AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), way more people belong to CUFI (Christians United for Israel). And yet more simply read their Bibles…

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Addressing the Notion of “Praying Away” Mental Health Conditions

Do faith and medicine mix?

Blind Injustice

In many Christian circles, regardless of theology, there is
the belief that you can often pray your troubles away. There is a belief that
you can pray away financial troubles, family issues, physical illness, and yes,
mental health issues as well.

While I am very supportive of praying for people who go
through these different types of issues,[1] I
think that it is extraordinarily important for me to use my past experiences
with mental health issues to address the notion that it’s not always as simple
as praying your mental health issues away, or that you are subject to
condemnation if prayer doesn’t take away your mental health issues.[2]

You see, I was once one of those people who believed that if
I prayed long enough and hard enough, any stress or anxiety I felt about my
life would just go away. And honestly, in many of those…

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Recognizing Abuse by Karen Tate

I’ve been thinking a lot about abuse.  Of course, most of us know about the domination, exploitation and  need for control meted out by patriarchy, but I wonder if we have actually normalized many abuses?  Abuse in the home, in the workplace, in our culture.   Perhaps  we accepted it unconsciously because so many of us are conditioned by religions that tell us to make noble sacrifice and tolerate suffering silently. I wonder if we’re calling it out when we see it – often and loudly – or if we’ve become conditioned to quietly accept the abuse with little push back.

My intent is not to offend anyone with this.  I want to find common ground and defeat the polarization we find around us, but our President is the poster child for abusive behavior.  Do we recognize his lies and fear-mongering and so many of the ideas he gives credence and…

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Gendered Only In Expression by Christy Croft

“I want you to see this new piece I wrote for our newsletter,” said Sister Ann.

We were safe inside the dining room of the Episcopal convent where she lived and I was an extended guest, and yet she spoke in hushed tones that suggested she realized the controversial nature of what she was about to say.

“This whole piece – it’s about the idea that being ‘born again’ clearly indicates the concept of God as mother.” She laid out her argument about wombs and motherhood and the feminine divine. It was a fairly essentialist argument (being the mid-nineties), but it was the first time I’d heard any modern Christian reference God as anything other than father, son, male. Before finding the Episcopal cathedral where I regularly attended services, I’d had two general experiences of the divine: the evangelical, conservative, patriarchal God of my father’s church, and the gender-creative spirit…

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Logic and Intuition – Antithetical or Cooperative? by Judith Shaw

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“Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.”-Klee

An artist is continually making decisions – decisions about subject matter, themes, materials, size. Does one do pre-planning with preliminary drawings are just dive right in? Once those decisions are made then one gets into the nitty-gritty of all the decisions needed to bring a particular piece to completion. But what is the best approach to use in making those decisions – logic or intuition?

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Self-Care is Not Selfish

Blind Injustice

If you told me at this time last year that I would have the above statement anywhere in my writing, let alone as the title of a blog post, I might call you crazy.

Needless to say, life circumstances can change your outlook.

The past year has been an absolute whirlwind for me. From changes and promotions professionally, to the loss of two relatives (including my grandpa, who was the sort of person I aspire to be), to having yet another relative experience worsening Alzheimer’s, I have experienced many changes in my life. Those changes, both good and bad, were so great and happened so quickly that they ended up taking a major toll on my own mental health.

But, even as my mental health was on the decline in early autumn, I had this attitude that “I should take care of others and not really worry about myself.” I…

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