Shopping Around…

Well, I’ll be at drill this weekend… but, given last weeks’ Church fiasco, I’ve decided to start shopping around for congregations again. I suppose, should worst come to worst, I could attend the local Southern Baptist Church; although, truth be told, I see little advantage in doing so. They have as little relationship to the Apostolic, sacramental tradition of Christianity as the Unity Church, and would be wholly intolerant of my esoteric studies.
More interestingly, the Archbishop of Canterbury apologized to Freemasons in 2003–which should open up the Episcopal Church to me. I’ll have to check them out again next week.

Not that I have a terrible problem with Unity as such–but last week’s service was really embarrasing–both during and after. And if I’m going to Church, I’d prefer an apostolic, sacramental service over the evangelical service of Unity–even if Unity supports my other spiritual activities.

Then again, I still have to consider that, all things considered, Unity may constitute a true vocation for me.

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I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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  1. Well, after I got back from Louisiana in 2005 and started looking around for religious activities, I came across the “Institute of Noetic Sciences.” They were involved in a video that I enjoyed quite a bit, called “What the Bleep Do We Know?”Then, I got interested in Aramaic-Primacy Biblical studies, which lead me to Dr. Lamsa’s translation of the Aramaic Bible.Then, I came across the writings of Charles Fillmore–another mystically-inclined Missourian from the late 19th century… who founded the Unity Christian Church.Finally, after I moved to Jefferson City and started attending Unity services, I found that IONS was affiliated with the Unity organization–and that Dr. Lamsa had been a member (converted from the Assyrian Church of the East he grew up in), and his organization continued affiliation with Unity.My friend Kevin has suggested that this might represent an actual Vocation–that is, a “calling” by God.

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