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28 July 2016 @ 04:15 pm
Hi Critters 'n Crew. Happy Thursday afternoon. I'm watching it begin to pour outside here in beautiful downtown Reston VA.

As I've mentioned before, I spend a large part of my free time these days on behalf of Rainbow Ark on our Twitter account. I (we) have a lot of quality mutual followers in the field of affirming ministries, LGBT leaders and activists, along with the many furries who like to keep up with us. Many of the non-furry people have learned the positive sides of furry from their association with us, and I interact quite a bit with a variety of these social justice leaders on a regular basis.

If I could see a show of paws and hands from those here who check in with us at least every other day or so... how many would be interested in reading and possibly interacting with someone like a Peterson Toscano or a Barb Snelgrove, or some other individual from time to time?

I'd like to see if we could get a nice entry posted from one of them, then we could interact and ask questions by comment, and see if we can conduct a bit of an interview in that way.

Many of them won't have lj and will be reluctant to open one just for our interaction, but I have our journal set to receive logins from Twitter, FB accounts and others, so there are a variety of options for them to hopefully make this work.

I'm figuring if we can get about 7 or 8 Arkers to commit to being available to provide comments and/or questions, it could be the basis for a nice experience for them, and hopefully make this a fairly regular event, with possibly even return visits. But I didn't want to just invite someone to take the time to give us some nice content, where I've overestimated the number of active members, and have it kind of fall flat.

Just comment here if you'd like me to pursue this idea.
28 July 2016 @ 08:07 am
The co-worker with cancer for whom I've been asking prayer passed at a little after six eastern this morning
27 July 2016 @ 10:58 am
Matthew Ebel halioffirpine has a thing or two to say about all this Pokémon stuff!
Current Mood: amusedamused
23 July 2016 @ 01:11 am
My Bluegrass station on Pandora just played this song. I found it to be very beautiful and emotional, more so than most gospel songs

22 July 2016 @ 01:04 am
I got in to work tonight to learn that the grandmother I previously posted about, Marie Johnson, a lady who's been one of my co-workers for about nine years, is terminal. Her cancer is aggressive, so aggressive that she has two weeks to live. Chemo would buy some time, but she wouldn't even make it a year. Prayer is needed that she'll not suffer and for her family to have strength to deal with her passing, especially her three granddaughters, all under 10 years old.
The article is here...

I'm not going to post the physical words here, partially because it's quite long, but also because of some possible triggers where you have an individual who is sincere in trying to share some love with his former LGBT community.

Now, he knows Jesus, and is sharing how free he is from being his old gay self (though he admits he still has same-sex attraction), and he wants others to experience the same freedom.

The real disconnect comes as he's attempting to frame the conversation between his loving Christian self, and the 'unenlightened ones' who 'falsely' think his message is hateful and driving so many to suicide. He turns the tables and suggests it's the pro-LGBT lifestyle people who have the hateful message.

This article is not written in a vindictive sort of way. I don't get the impression that he thinks he's better than everyone else. It doesn't prompt me to want to slap him or scream at him, or even hate him. It's one of those types of stances that would make many of us wonder where we're supposed to begin in having dialog with him--keeping in mind too that he's heard it all before in terms of being gay.

Part of the disconnect is working with the false premise that LGBT people who are openly LGBT (and not trying to fight their 'unnatural desires') have turned their backs on God, the very one who can help them. In other words in his world, either you're living as a gay person, or you're living for God, and when you live for God, you don't have time to be gay--again, all in the spirit of just wanting to share some love and some truth which hopefully will help just one struggling soul.

Further, he's overly sure of what the Bible says about acting on gay desires. So anyone who does differently than what he believes is therefore going against the Bible, since he is apparently incapable of questioning his own stances on what he thinks the Bible says on such things.

As much frustration as one can feel in tackling such things, I think we must have these conversations with others. How do we go about confronting this? What are the first steps? It's going to vary with each individual situation. There are some of you who have had to deal with both sides within yourself. You had to come to the place where you either denied your innermost feelings, denied your faith, or found a way for them to coexist. What are some of the things which helped you come to terms? Chances are, those will aid you in how you talk with others.

But in any case, make sure you are grounded first, because sometimes even the most well-meaning words given in love, can cut you deep. The level of vulnerability needed to try to bridge a divide can leave a person open for attacks, not from a troll--although there are many of those too--but often from a person who cares sincerely for you, but may be sincerely wrong.
19 July 2016 @ 10:55 am
Sermon by my pastor. I especially like the part shortly after 48min where he talks about arguing over what the Bible says

17 July 2016 @ 08:46 am
Curious about "world emoji day" or how one could "code an emoji," I clicked the link on Google's home page today, which unabashedly notes is targeted at teenaged girls. To quote from the resulting page:
"Until now, emoji representing women haven’t been, well…representative." **

What's the first thing on "Projects" right below?

"Design a ZAC Zac Posen dress that turns heads and lights up the fashion world".

Good job, guys. Way to break the mold of stereotyping the content targeted at girls.

** not that it's any different for any other group...
17 July 2016 @ 05:17 am
My right to freedom of speech has been suppressed by the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/AtheismFails even though I did nothing wrong. In reply to someone else on the group saying something about God allowing evil (what exactly I can't remember), I said that evil doesn't actually exist, it is the absence of good just as darkness is the absence of light and cold is the absence of heat and they banned me from commenting or sending them messages for it. I said something trying to defend what they believe and they banned me from making further comments there for it. I am http://www.facebook.com/james.b.wales on Facebook, can someone please contact them, ask why I was banned for saying that and let me know their reply?
16 July 2016 @ 10:00 am
I think the idea of there being a "war on Christmas" is exaggerated and so I find this to be amusing