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East Ender
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June 18, 2007 10:44 pm  

Okay, you are never supposed to discuss it, but Simkiss brought it up! It is very interesting that most churches here tend to be singin', shoutin', Amenin', 'hallelujah' hollerin' places. Services last for hours, sermons are lengthy. There is no separation of church and state. If you go to a government function, usually there will be a prayer to start and end. These are not generic "To whom it may concern" prayers, either. Heck, the police department has a radio show on Saturday that always starts with a prayer. I say this because if you are accustomed to secular Big America, it may be a surprise.

This is in the face of a Muslim community and a Jewish community that are acknowledged at Christmas time by people being p.c. and saying "Happy Holidays" so as to be inclusive. 😉


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June 19, 2007 1:07 pm  

That's my kinda place! 🙂 I can't wait to move away from the TCRZ-- Ten Commandments Removal Zone.


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June 19, 2007 10:23 pm  

Geez...I'm hoping the family and I can find some decent post-modern, open-minded, Reformed churches that don't yell at you. Am I gonna be out of luck?


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June 19, 2007 10:42 pm  

Neil,

Convert to Catholocism - we don't yell. 🙂 We're too busy feeling guilty to draw more attention to ourselves.


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June 19, 2007 11:00 pm  

>Posted by: bluwater (IP Logged)
>Date: Today, 07:42PM
>Neil,

>Convert to Catholocism - we don't yell. smiling We're too busy feeling guilty to draw more attention to >ourselves.

Hilarious Bluwater! Made me laugh. Thanks!

I agree simkiss. "TCRZ"

Puddlejumper


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June 19, 2007 11:34 pm  

Too coincidental Neil. That's one of the reasons I logged on here...to find out if there are any post modern churches on St. Thomas. From what I'm reading, I'm thinking not. My husband is considering taking a job on STT. He's down checking it out as I type.


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The New Improved Jane
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June 19, 2007 11:36 pm  

Make sure that you check it out too.


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June 19, 2007 11:44 pm  

I plan to, but I wanted him to go down first and get a feel without my opinions getting in the way. He's the one that has to work there, not me. Or maybe I will. Anyway, didn't want my very opinionated self getting in the way of his first impressions 🙂 Loving this forum by the way. What an amazing tool!


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The New Improved Jane
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June 20, 2007 3:33 am  

I presume that you will have to live there, so just make sure that any input you have is heard in all the "new job" excitement. If you go down for a visit after the fact, sometimes we women don't want to rock the boat etc. LOL.
Good luck


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East Ender
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June 20, 2007 5:47 pm  

What is a post modern church?? We don't have much of anything "modern." 😉


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June 20, 2007 7:14 pm  

Some would say "liberal".
I would say "open-minded, non-dogmatic, and not overly emotional."
You know, like Jane. (sorry Jane ;))


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The New Improved Jane
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June 21, 2007 3:06 am  

You are not sorry, otherwise you would have not posted an irrelevant personal attack on me. The winking smiley disguises none of your spite.


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The New Improved Jane
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June 21, 2007 3:09 am  

That was very petty and vicious, is christianity really a religion for small mean little people?


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June 21, 2007 7:55 am  

Jane I agree that was rude. Normally I am on the other side. But I am with you on, she needs to see STT before things get to far. Not to knock STT at all. I no I don't want to live in Lodi CA and I am glade I have seen it before I, well I was never going to live there. Still her opinion matters she will have to live there. If my wife did not love snorkeling, diving and watching me fish, well that last one might be a stretch. She is a field botanist with love of the plants that I am trying to learn. If she did not feel like me about the island STX it would not work. To stay on topic organized religion is for the weak mind. How can some one buy that crap. Your preacher knows less about god then my dog and that goes to nuns, fathers, all religion


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June 21, 2007 1:32 pm  

True Relationship with Christ is profound, personal and not easy to share. Mere Christianity by CS Lewis does a fair job of it. Organized religion is man's idea of how to worship God and many are, indeed for the weak mind. A thinking, educated person often finds faith in quieter, more contemplative or cerebral worship. Free Will Baptist on StX seems to come the closest I have seen so far. (and no, I am not a Baptist!)


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June 21, 2007 10:53 pm  

aschultz: I started this thread with the statement that one should never talk about religion in company. It seems to be a polarizing idea on this board. I wish you luck on St Croix.

Simkiss: I think you will find a variety of believers and non-believers around. Seek the antiqueones. 🙂

I still am not sure about a post modern church?


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June 21, 2007 11:02 pm  

Hey EE.

“We want a God without wrath who took man without sin into a kingdom without justice through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.” --H. Richard Niebuhr, The Kingdom of God in America (a post-modern church)

More on postmodern Christian thinking can be found here: http://www.crossroad.to/charts/postmodernity.htm


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East Ender
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June 21, 2007 11:06 pm  

Somehow, I knew it would be you with the answer! 😉


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June 21, 2007 11:21 pm  

dnt: It sounds like the Episcopal Church in America... Thanks for the link.


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June 21, 2007 11:26 pm  

Admittedly the link is from the perspective of a group that eschews postmodern thinking but you're right, postmodern Christian thinking is very much in line with the Episcopal Church.


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The New Improved Jane
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June 21, 2007 11:31 pm  

...and the Episcopal church is not so far removed from the Church of England - shades of Kevin Bacon here.


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East Ender
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June 22, 2007 12:11 am  

Well, the Episcopal Church in America is (so far) part of the Anglican Communion.

Jane: You must be enjoying the pop culture in Big America, because you sure have me on what on earth Kevin Bacon has to do with the Anglican Communion....


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June 22, 2007 12:22 am  

EE,

I think Jane is referring to the following: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Degrees_of_Kevin_Bacon


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bluwater
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June 22, 2007 2:37 am  

who's on first?


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aschultz
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June 22, 2007 4:29 am  

Why would you not want to talk about it. Is it because fiction is hard to play for fact. I enjoy talking to religious people they can be funny. You will never see me in a church on STX or any where else for that matter. I am not anti religion do what you want, it does not bother me. My religion is science it makes more sense.


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