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or, across the ferny brae with the evil voodoo celt

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i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything
wich is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday;this is the birth
day of life and love and wings:and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any-lifted from the no
of all nothing-human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

ee cummings

I know that Christianity is afflicted with the likes of Pat Robertson and pedophile priests; I know that Easter was "stolen" from Pagan celebrations (or at least the timing, trappings, and name were), I know there are a lot of legitimate grievances out there...

But I have Christian friends who live their faith, and who are coming out of a sincere and deeply felt spiritual retreat today.

And this morning at dawn I was at a UU service where we stood around a bonfire and sang the sun up; and I felt in that time a potential for healing.

So even though I am still repairing the damage that was done to me, and even though I know that there are many Christians who think of me as less than human for my own soul-deep beliefs, the flip comments about "Zombie Jesus", etc. still bug me. I may not agree with Christian theology, but the mockery just seems cruel. Yes, there have been many cruelties perpetrated in the name of these same beliefs- but do two wrongs make a right?

So I wish my Christian friends a happy Easter, and my Pagan and Heathen friends a happy holy healthy Spring day.

ETA: the "damage" mentioned above is nothing more (or less) than a tendency towards guilt mentality and an adolescent nervous breakdown brought on by trying to believe in a faith that was wrong for me, that I didn't, couldn't, and quite possibly never did believe in. It messed me up pretty badly, and I don't deny that- but I'm not an abuse victim or anything. Sorry for any misconceptions.

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the UU service sounds like it was so wonderful.

also, thats one of my favorite ee cummings poems.

It was very nice, even though I am so not a morning person and I was operating on little sleep.

Thank you for posting this - I love e. e. cummings and somehow I have never seen this particularly lovely poem of his. And thanks for the rest of your post. (((hug!))) Wishing you a beautiful Easter and all the goodness in the awakening of the spring!

::hugs:: and Happy Easter!

I was feeling similarly about the Zombie Jesus comments and posts. Like, it just seems like making an effort to go out of your way to be a dick. And like most internet-based jokes, it stopped being even slightly clever or amusing after about the third one, let alone the three hundredth.


Yup, that about sums it up...

I defend Christians as they are my family and friends. All beliefs are sacred. No man has the right to define sacred for another.

I agree with you.

Well put, and I had very little doubt that you felt that way... one of the things I honor about you.

Thanks for posting this. {{{{{{hugs}}}}}}

You're welcome!


I am so glad that you found a "home", and even more so that
you found the truth that "There are many paths to G-d".

I just recently heard about the Zombie Jesus Day and have to admit, I found it humorous. To me, it is a mockery of the crass commercialism associated with Easter as opposed to mocking the true meaning holiday itself. Though I can see where people would use it to mock the actual holiday, which I do definitely agree, is in bad taste. To me, it's like saying around Christmas time that baby Jesus was born to bring you presents. Again, not knocking the holiday but how badly that time of the year has gotten away from the true holiday, no matter how much of the symbolism was taken from somewhere else.

And personally, I don't mind the colored eggs, the candy, the Christmas trees or all the other "pagan" decorations for holidays. Those can be just as meaningful to people as the pure religious celebrations. Just do it because you want to do it, not because you feel obligated, need to outdo your neighbors, or think your kids won't love you because their friends got bigger chocolate bunnies or more presents than they did.

On a positive note, the UU service sounds lovely.

I don't know. I think it hurts the wrong people... those who are sunk in crass commercialism (a problem with most holidays) won't notice, or they'll even be the ones laughing the hardest.

From the friends-of-friends list here: I loved that ee cummings poem when I was a good little Catholic in high school, and I still love it today as an adult UU. This poem was read aloud at the ordination service of one of my congregation's past ministerial interns (can't remember the year, though). Thank you for the posting!

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