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Portlandia may 25, 2013

I was raised in the Baptist Church along with the Cherokee teachings of Spirituality and the Great Spirit.

As an adult I joined the Methodist Church. Was taking the steps to become a Minister. Then my accident happened. As I was convalescing I wondered where my Church members were? Long story short, I took a long hard look at my so called church family. They weren't my family at all. Where was the spirituality? The love?

At times it felt like Church had become an extension of the Country Club. One woman in particular became jealous of my children and I. More than once on the mornings that my sons were to be the Alter Boys, she and her children arrived early and her children would take my children's turn. Things like that began to build up and I decided this was not very Christian like, spiritual or giving. My family and I gave up organized religion and I turned my Spirituality towards my Cherokee beliefs.

For the Cherokee and most Native Americans, ceremonies offer opportunities for community worship, socialization and bonding. We pray for healing. We are thankful for blessings as well as asking for blessings.

Daily Kos Meet Ups are great, a lot of fun. It is so wonderful to finally look into the eyes of the people that we share our daily lives with here via comments and diaries. To hear their voice. To accept and to embrace one another lovingly.

As I attend more and more Meet Ups something wonderful is happening: We are sharing spiritually. We are truly bonding and loving beyond this wonderful place on the Internet.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I say look at the photos and feel the spirituality. The bonding. The love...

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Gorgeous Girlz-Oregon Gal and Liz!

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The beautiful WoodDragon and Horace!

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The Beautiful Ozsea is in the house!

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Charles, KitsapRiver and biddy (?).

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Love! Beautiful Cedwyn and BeautifulMatt.

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Are you ready for this?!

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Bliss!

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Speaking of love and beauty, Sara and Ann have now made 100 loving quilts for kossacks! Let's show Sara and Ann how much we appreciate their love and generousty.

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The noblest and bravest acts are done for love.

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Love does so much for the human heart and the human spirit.

This diary was inspired by many of you. Oregon Gal, Cedwyn, Matt, Regina, Regina's hubby,  Ozsea, KitsapRiver, Charles, Horace,Sara, Winglion, Liz, Watercarrier, WoodDragon, LoggersBrat, llbear... and also by my Elder Ojibwa. Thank you.

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Won't you join Ojibwa, I and other beautiful kossacks in Glacier National Park? We will be there starting June 26th until about July 2, 2013. Glacier, Native American Ceremonies and kossack love awaits...

All photos ©BlueJessamine.

9:03 AM PT: Please note that this is also today's Street Prophets diary. Thank you.

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Originally posted to Street Prophets on Wed May 29, 2013 at 07:36 AM PDT.

Also republished by Pink Clubhouse, Koscadia, Daily Kos Oregon, PacNW Kossacks, and Native American Netroots.

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