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magdalena Donating Member (354 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-02-04 09:14 PM
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25. I'm proud as well
I was raised in a UCC congregation, and although I've moved away from the church and Christianity altogether, I'm finally old enough to appreciate how lucky I was to have such an upbringing. It was an oasis of tolerance in an otherwise close-minded town. I clearly remember having substitute ministers that were openly gay running our services at times. During the two years of confirmation class (which took place from about age 12-14) our congregation decided we should receive sex education which did emphasize abstinence, but also promoted masturbation and made us aware of various birth control and how to protect against STD's if we did choose to have sex. Confirmation classes also required a survey of religions in which once a week we attended services of other Christian denominations and different faiths (including Judaism and Islam), we even explored Buddhism and Paganism. The kicker though was the 5page "statement of faith" we were required to compose before we "graduated" which forced us to critically examine our personal religious /spiritual beliefs. This may have been a little too advanced for young adolescents, but still a good gesture IMHO.

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  - I am roaring with laughter! It implies exclusion by other groups?  yardwork   Dec-01-04 04:18 PM   #1 
  - No "advocacy advertising"?  LSparkle   Dec-01-04 04:18 PM   #2 
  - Here's a link to the ad  Rose Siding   Dec-01-04 04:50 PM   #3 
  - Another article  Rebelry   Dec-01-04 05:01 PM   #4 
  - It is a completely inoffensive advertisement  Logansquare   Dec-01-04 06:00 PM   #5 
  - Compassion, tolerance and inclusivity is "bad",...  Just Me   Dec-02-04 10:58 AM   #17 
  - you are sadly mistaken  magdalena   Dec-02-04 09:29 PM   #26 
  - So,  wryter2000   Dec-01-04 06:46 PM   #6 
  - NBC's MTP had Falwell on last Sunday  Rose Siding   Dec-01-04 09:29 PM   #13 
  - Why is this surprising to anyone?  Behind the Aegis   Dec-01-04 06:51 PM   #7 
  - Hhmmmmm  Ima   Dec-01-04 07:04 PM   #8 
  - Makes me proud  salin   Dec-01-04 07:06 PM   #9 
  - "open and affirming"  Joy Anne   Dec-01-04 07:54 PM   #10 
  - Indeed - it is a national level statement that local congregations  salin   Dec-01-04 08:19 PM   #11 
  - The UCC church I attended as a kid was one of the first to vote  noonwitch   Dec-02-04 12:03 PM   #19 
  - Our church voted to  gaia_gardener   Dec-02-04 10:52 AM   #16 
     - thanks for the open and affirming commentary  Joy Anne   Dec-02-04 08:03 PM   #22 
  - I'm proud as well  magdalena   Dec-02-04 09:14 PM   #25 
  - Contact them  faithfull   Dec-01-04 08:22 PM   #12 
  - They will play that Swiftboat shit in a heart-beat though.  Dr Fate   Dec-01-04 09:30 PM   #14 
  - No, THEY DID SHOW THE ANTI-KERRY MOCKUMENTARY  zbdent   Dec-02-04 10:40 AM   #15 
     - I know they did. Its cuz they are so Liberal I guess.  Dr Fate   Dec-02-04 12:29 PM   #20 
  - What a cool church UCC is.  GOPBasher   Dec-02-04 11:47 AM   #18 
  - Kick!  VolcanoJen   Dec-02-04 12:34 PM   #21 
  - Here's the BEAUTY of it all!!  proudbluestater   Dec-02-04 08:13 PM   #23 
  - Excellent point - I had the same thought last night when I saw it  Patiod   Dec-03-04 12:27 PM   #28 
  -  hippywife   Dec-02-04 08:18 PM   #24 
  - If the whole story about Falwell's connection to Rev. Moon  eagler   Dec-02-04 09:47 PM   #27 
  - That's it, I'm going to stat attending a UCC church  gorbal   Dec-03-04 12:36 PM   #29 
  - I suspect that I'll get flamed for this.  skypilot   Dec-03-04 01:11 PM   #30 
     - Good point!  gorbal   Dec-03-04 05:36 PM   #31 
     - other churches can't demand equal time. they'd have to pay for ads too  sonicx   Dec-03-04 05:56 PM   #32 

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