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    It really makes me think that Buddhism, at least in its common western form, is mostly about feeling better about being so full of ourselves that we can't give a crap for anybody else but our own little community of relatively rich and comfortable, well-fed and secure fellow human beings.
    Substitute Unitarian Universalism for Buddhism, and you've just perfectly described my experience. Even I didn't realize I was "like that" until DH lost his job in the crash and our DINKy days of disposable income ground to an abrupt halt.

    The irony of volunteering for a homeless ministry through a church that gladly accepted our resignation of membership when we could no longer maintain our annual pledge was not lost on me.

    It's a shame, because it's one of the few organized religions whose tenets I mostly agree with. I just can't afford to have their version of problems.

     I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.     -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by SteelerGrrl on Thu May 02, 2013 at 07:03:09 PM PDT

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      The UU church in Hobart, Indiana has a sliding pledge scale that is calculated on deductions after necessary expenses like food, shelter and child care.  If all of your income is tied up in meeting the necessities of life.  In your case, your income left to calculate the pledge would be near zero, and your contribution would be 1.5% of that.  

      The Mormons are infamous for requiring a tithe, but maintain a fairly extensive welfare network.  So it's quite possible that a Mormon family pays $35/week into the treasury from their unemployment check, yet gets the necessities of life that they lack from the church at a value that greatly exceeds $35/week.  

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      by Yamaneko2 on Fri May 03, 2013 at 01:46:14 PM PDT

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        are the same. There is another one in my area that I still visit a few times a year, but I can't even play in their band because they practice during business hours and I kind of need my job.

        I was more than willing to volunteer my time and talent, but they weren't receptive and no sliding scale was ever mentioned. Oh well, their loss.

         I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.     -- Kurt Vonnegut

        by SteelerGrrl on Sat May 04, 2013 at 03:34:03 PM PDT

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