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#31
Your Turn / Re: Female Supreme Court Nominee
September 26, 2020, 12:38:55 PM
Quote from: Charles Austin on September 26, 2020, 11:59:11 AM
I did not, Randy Bosch, endorse what people say or do in the process. That is a different problem.
But as all of us know who have gone through various kinds of questioning or public additions, it's just part of the deal. Even in a meeting with a congregation council considering whether to call you, you know that some center-of-the-rump jerk is going to ask stupid and inappropriate questions."
Not saying, am I, that those things are appropriate; just that we know they will happen.

But they don't have to happen. There is no constitutional mandate for these circus hearings which, in a kinder, more civilized era, used to be affirming and positive for all involved.

Do not discount how ugly this can become. I will link an article you all  might be tempted to disregard, but take a look at the primary source material contained within (That is to say, tweet content and such).

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/09/25/https-www-breitbart-com-politics-2020-09-25-donald-trump-russia-interfered-in-2016-election-on-behalf-of-hillary-clinton/
#32
Your Turn / Re: Female Supreme Court Nominee
September 26, 2020, 11:23:21 AM
Apparently, based on what I read this morning, the initial media plan of attack involves questioning the propriety of the adoption process of Judge Barrett's children (from Haiti). I find this abhorrent.

To be honest, I had been hoping that, as she was subjected to horrid hearings just 2 years ago, the hearings might be skipped this time. Such hearings are not legally mandated.
#33
Your Turn / Re: The Forum is a success!
September 26, 2020, 10:26:56 AM
Quote from: John_Hannah on September 26, 2020, 10:18:08 AM
Quote from: GalRevRedux on September 26, 2020, 09:24:33 AM
Yes, I am being sarcastic. I no longer see posts from female participants with any regularity.

I have long felt that female voices are not much welcome here. Without naming names, there is one longtime poster who is constantly browbeaten into silence. Eileen of blessed memory has moved on to a more elite forum, but stood her ground well and persistently. There is one poster who is more acceptable for a variety of reasons, but does not post often.

My more liberal sisters pop in and leave rather quickly.

I stop by and lurk, posting on occasion.

It seems to me that my brother pastors might be concerned at managing to alienate one entire group of potential participants. But I think instead that this was always meant to be a boys' club anyway, so we females had best stay away.

Had any of you even noticed the absence of female voices in this forum? Does it actually not matter, as I suspect?

Just curious on this chilly grey morning.

Donna

Yes, I see clearly that female voices are not welcomed. I must add though that other types are likewise scorned. Best to be right of center politically and fundamentalist theologically. Otherwise you face prima facie rejection. It is not a forum of balance and mature discussion.

I wish you and your friends would stay.

Peace, JOHN

Thanks John. I am not leaving. Just was making an observation. No agenda, which I know is strange to many lol!
#34
Your Turn / Re: The Forum is a success!
September 26, 2020, 10:02:54 AM
Quote from: peter_speckhard on September 26, 2020, 09:43:24 AM
It might relate to whether there is a difference in how men and women discuss things. What, in your view, would make this forum more likely to attract female participants?

My guess would be respect. And less condescension. I have not felt as much disrespected personally as I have felt put off by seeing fellow posters disrespected. But as I said, just a guess.

Thanks.

Donna
#35
Your Turn / The Forum is a success!
September 26, 2020, 09:24:33 AM
Yes, I am being sarcastic. I no longer see posts from female participants with any regularity.

I have long felt that female voices are not much welcome here. Without naming names, there is one longtime poster who is constantly browbeaten into silence. Eileen of blessed memory has moved on to a more elite forum, but stood her ground well and persistently. There is one poster who is more acceptable for a variety of reasons, but does not post often.

My more liberal sisters pop in and leave rather quickly.

I stop by and lurk, posting on occasion.

It seems to me that my brother pastors might be concerned at managing to alienate one entire group of potential participants. But I think instead that this was always meant to be a boys' club anyway, so we females had best stay away.

Had any of you even noticed the absence of female voices in this forum? Does it actually not matter, as I suspect?

Just curious on this chilly grey morning.

Donna
#36
Your Turn / Re: Poll: Change of doctors or insurance
September 13, 2020, 07:08:24 AM
Quote from: Brian Stoffregen on September 13, 2020, 03:16:14 AM
Quote from: Rob Morris on September 12, 2020, 11:39:06 PM
The insurance situation in America needed to be improved. Not sure that in the case of Obamacare, the cure is any better than the disease.


Obamacare was not meant to be the final solution.

"Final solution?"

Freudian slip?

::)
#37
Your Turn / Re: Prayers
September 10, 2020, 09:20:25 AM
This message arrived this morning:

" Dear friends, at 0605, our beloved  dear sister in Christ Cathi Braasch has joined with the Saints in heaven, and entered the church triumphant. Well done good and faithful servant, well done."

Rest eternal grant her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her.

Donna
#38
Your Turn / Re: Masks
July 30, 2020, 11:07:55 PM
We returned to public worship on June 28. Pews are marked to indicate proper seating for social distancing to be maintained. We take temps of every person on arrival, and keep track of who attends so we are prepared in case contact tracing is needed. Everyone wears a mask. We have a box of surgical masks in case someone forgets. Hand sanitizer is everywhere, little bottles are in all the pew racks. At first, community reading was minimized and we held off on hymn singing. This coming Sunday a hymn will finally be included.

Hymnals and pew Bibles are stacked up on a shelf for the time being, though now we are being informed that it might be ok to use them without extensive post-worship sanitizing. We are weighing it all out.

We are a small congregation and i am only the Interim Pastor. Even in our small setting, we agonize over every decision. With the age of our members, we have to be extra cautious. The younger folks have not come back yet. Hopefully we will not be locked down again, but rates are climbing in Illiniois so it would not surprise me.

No one complains about the masks.



Donna
#39
Charles, I am so sorry for your loss. My feline companions make isolation bearable. I thank you for loving your kitty so long and well.

Donna
#40
Forum Blogs / Re: Prayer Requests (New)
July 20, 2020, 08:30:02 PM
I am heartbroken to lose a woman who so quickly became a trusted and dear friend. Knowing she and Joe are together and in the bright presence of the Lord is reassuring.

Thank you, John, for sharing this sad news.

Rest eternal grant her, oh Lord.

Donna
#41
Your Turn / The Babylon Bee stings again!
July 02, 2020, 05:47:05 PM
I tried to find the existing thread but could not. My apologies.

The Bee takes a jab at the ELCA:

https://babylonbee.com/news/elca-dropping-problematic-evangelic-lutheran-church-and-america-from-denomination-name

Donna
#42
Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
June 15, 2020, 10:45:12 PM
Quote from: Steven W Bohler on June 03, 2020, 09:18:11 PM
This link was sent me earlier today by email.  There is a little rough language.   https://regiehammblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/31/done/?fbclid=IwAR1NOamp-x7it0kH9_DHfgGtmzyreu2bs6rv50DYGSiLmf1hlAbPqj6D5Sk

I am a big fan of Regie's blog. He is rough but he lives in reality. The challenges of raising his special needs daughter with fierce love are brilliantly expressed.
#43
Your Turn / Re: Singing in Church
June 10, 2020, 07:26:32 AM
Quote from: peter_speckhard on June 08, 2020, 04:52:36 PM
Quote from: Matt Hummel on June 08, 2020, 01:49:20 PM
OK-

Homeschool science time. Everybody get a straw, and some paper to make spitballs.

Go on outside. Now, make a spitball. Put it in one end of the straw. Blow throw the straw with the same force as if you were speaking.
Mark how far it goes. Repeat 4 more times to get an average distance.

Repeat the process, but this time blow into it as if you were bellowing out "Holy, Holy, Holy."

Want to to guess which spitball traveled further?

And now you see the reason for restricting singing. I am very tempted to quote Jessie Pinkmann at this point, but will refrain.
I don't see the reason for restricting singing. Common sense says that if you exhibit no symptoms of being sick, you likely are not getting anyone else sick. Part of the Covid panic was the idea that large numbers of asymptomatic people were nevertheless spreading the disease to vulnerable populations. But that was mostly just a theory extrapolated from very sketchy, preliminary data and and one widespread anecdotal case in which a local outbreak was traced to a choir. No actual evidence I'm aware of contradicts the common sense approach. The scientific consensus seems to have solidified around the common sense idea that asymptomatic people are not spreading the disease to any alarming degree. Hence the taking of temperatures before entering hospitals. But anyone who knows anything about homeschool science knows that when some claim is counter-intuitive, it bears the burden of proof or must be accepted on faith in a trustworthy source. The idea that singing is dangerous lacks both of those criteria.   

Jus to note , this.
https://news.yahoo.com/official-walks-back-comments-asymptomatic-160348795.html
#44
Your Turn / Letter from former Papal Nuncio Vigano
June 09, 2020, 12:08:08 PM
https://www.catholic.org/news/hf/family/story.php?id=84789

Has this already been discussed? It arose in our local pastors' group this morning.

I apologize if this is old news.

Donna
#45
I keep hoping a payment will show up. In any form.
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