This essay is from a larger draft I am working on.
On February 14, 1990 NASA engineers turned the Voyager 1 spacecraft back toward our home planet for one last look. Approximately 4 billion miles away and 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane, Earth can be seen floating off in the distance as an infinitesimal point of light, a crescent only 0.12 pixels in size. It was this picture that astrophysicist Carl Sagan made famous, he saw the pale blue dot and reminded us,
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First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marines.
Giant American flags were waving across the stage;
soldiers with fake guns came marching one by one into the building,
the children’s ministry came adorned with red, white, and blue ribbons of celebration. Hundreds of voices sang the Marine core anthem at the tops of their lungs. It was at Van Dyke United Methodist Church, in Lutz FL, where my best friend Morgan Clark and I were working. It was our 11am worship service and while everyone else stood to sing our many national anthems
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In what will go down as “The Great Starbucks Cup Controversy of 2015,” a video posted on Facebook that went viral with millions of viewers, it was a man attacking Starbucks for its decision to remove holiday symbols from their cups.
Joining the video in its attack, Republican presidential nominee and reality TV star, Donald Trump was quick to rally a crowd of thousands,
“Did you read about Starbucks? No more Merry Christmas on Starbucks…maybe we should boycott Starbucks!”
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Ave Ave Ave Maria!
Hail Hail Hail Mary!
“I am 21 years old. My name is Danielle Vaughan I got pregnant at the age of 14; I was in 8th grade. I did graduate high school, but it was extremely tough! I did not pursue my dream at a four-year university out of fear that my daughter would feel abandoned. I work hard in dead end jobs, while attending online courses, living paycheck to paycheck. I was luckier than most, I received large amounts of support from my mother and my grandmother. Eventually, my luck ran thin and I had to move out on my own, with my daughter. It’s been she and I ever since!
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I’ve been obsessed with the subject of religion for about 8 years now and have committed myself to studying not only the Christian faith but also other Wisdom Traditions that offer a glimpse into the Great Mystery. I will soon be working on my PhD in Process Philosophy and will continue this geeky journey of religious studies for the rest of my adult life.
I’ve been enamored with the study of entheogens (psychedelic drugs often used in Shamanistic rituals), higher states of consciousness, Gaia theory, the ecological crisis, and other strange hippy-sounding ideas that are best discussed over marijuana.
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I have fallen deeply in love with the term “religion” even though for many it is problematic. Many of the things we religious folk have done in the name of our goddesses and gods are terrifying to confess. “Spirituality” has become a term my friends are now using to reframe the conversation. For them this term sings of something mysterious and transcendent. It’s the word many are using to describe the really Real and yet really hard to explain. I like what they’re doing but must confess, I’m head over heals for religion.
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In the beginning… the Universe birthed quarks and leptons, protons and neutrons. Over some 14.5 billion years hydrogen gas transformed itself into mountains, Martians, the music of Miley Cyrus, and you and me.
It turns out Joni Mitchell was right, “We are stardust.”
And this is what is so important! This is what the Donald Trumps of the world do not seem to understand; we are not distinct from Earth, we are Earth consciously experiencing Herself.
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