Unnecessary

I'm just as blue as the next person. In fact, I'm so blue, I might even be indigo. (If you remember high school physics, and ROY G BIV – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet – for the colors of the rainbow) I support the ACLU, NARAL, all of those lefty organizations that many on the right find troublesome. However, I'm beginning to find problematic some of the tactics of left wing organizations and activists.

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Why is this?

In an interesting story in SFGate today, a study has apparently found that people in the US are more isolated from each other than ever before:

Americans are far more isolated today than they were two decades ago, and a sharply growing number of people say they have no one in whom they can confide, according to a comprehensive study of the decline of social ties in the United States.

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Arrival

I am, finally, at the destination that I will be at for three weeks – the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It feels a bit like a homecoming – it feels familiar and comfortable, in that way that a home does. It's not too hot, today, which is a nice thing. And, not a lot has changed. I'm sitting at what used to be a new cafe in Northampton, with good coffee (actually, I'm having Chai) and free wifi. I'll have to go back to my old haunt of Haymarket Cafe, too.

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Presbyterians go gender-inclusive

I'm really continuing to enjoy this denominational annual meeting watch. Most recent – the Presbyterians decided to “receive” a gender-inclusive policy paper. That means:

The divine Trinity — “Father, Son and Holy Spirit” — could also be known as “Mother, Child and Womb” or “Rock, Redeemer, Friend” at some Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) services under an action Monday by the church's national assembly.

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Tis the season …

For denominational conventions. For some reason, it finally dawned on me that it seems that most major denominations have their annual meetings/conventions/synods in the summertime. Since the UCC Synod only meets every other year, and this isn't one of them, I've been reading little bits and pieces about the other interesting meetings going on.

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