Call it "Christ in our Midst" if you Must


December 2008 Editorial
Tony Fitzgerald - The Touchstone

The Newsletter of the Unitarian Fellowship of Fredericton

This issue of Touchstone is rather thin and there were not a lot of articles that had to be converted to the markup language I prefer for typesetting the newsletter and I have some time to put fingers to keyboard. In another article(1), written by a visitor, which gives an interesting view of our community from an "outsider's" eyes, the phrases "Christ-like" and "Christ in the midst" are used to describe us.

Until that point, I was reading in a yes, that is interesting and now nice frame of mind, but upon encountering those phrases, something rankled. Something in the arrogance that when people are nice to one another, somehow, Christ must be involved! I was also minded of an old cartoon. The patient is saying "good morning" to the psychiatrist and the psychiatrist's thought balloon contains the response "I wonder what he means by that?" What means "Christ in the midst"?

A search through Google (2) found a number of references, from the literal bodily resurrection of Christ who was now physically in the midst of his followers to more allegorical references. One very poignant reference by a lesbian to the trepidation with which she approaches congregations in the faith of her birth, a conservative fundamentalist sect, and is never sure how she will be received. In her reference, "Christ in the midst" are good people who are reviled as was Christ for being who they are. And many other references, a few well worth browsing.

It seems then, that like so many religious references, "Christ in the midst" is one of those slippery meaning shifting phrases that can be thrown around and everyone can be happy with their own personal interpretations and only the "trouble maker" will pause to ask "and... exactly what does that mean?"

As an atheist and a secular humanist who (as I like to say) has found a religious home among the Unitarians, I find my explanations without reference to Christ, so I suppose I should not be surprised that a devout Christian would analyze the world with references to Christ. It makes sense from their world view even though I consider it a needless complication at best and possibly disingenuous at times. Homo (self-styled) sapiens is a social animal. Social animals all share certain characteristics to varying degrees: altruism, loyalty, trust, sociability, dedication, love. As pre-industrial hunter/gatherers we evolved in a natural state wherein we lived in tribal groups of up to a hundred individuals, about the size of a Fellowship. More than that and we become overwhelmed and lost in the loneliness of the city, the anonymity of the crowd.

Call it "Christ in our midst" if you must or if that makes sense to you. I call it community, the natural environment of human beings. A community within which even I, a reprobate and heretic if ever there were, can feel welcomed and respected. No community of human beings will be perfection and utopia, but through our foibles, aws and failings we generally try to do what is best for our community because we understand instinctively the importance of community. Thank you for being a community which accepts me, accepts my contributions such as they are and makes me want to be a part of it.
Blessed be, Namasté, So be it

3 comments:

David Raymond Amos said...

From: David Amos david.raymond.amos@gmail.com
Subject: Remeber my email to and McKendy and his Quakers freinds before he spoke in Fat Fred City at the social forum then got dead Danny Boy?
To: danf@danf.net, dguerra@rcab.org, Robert_Kickham@rcab.org, spinks08@hotmail.com, oldmaison@yahoo.com, t.j.burke@gnb.ca, tim4nm@gmail.com, Tim.Porter@gnb.ca, Ignatieff.M@parl.gc.ca, flaherty.j@parl.gc.ca, gypsy-blog@hotmail.com, forest@conservationcouncil.ca, John.Foran@gnb.ca
Cc: tuff@nbnet.nb.ca, info@westwoodunitarian.ca, mclaughlin.heather@dailygleaner.com, mike.quigley@gnb.ca, "lou.lafleur@fredericton.ca" lou.lafleur@fredericton.ca, president@westwoodunitarian.ca, eldergomes@yahoo.com, ReverendMark_O'Connell@rcab.org, community@uucsj.org
Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 6:10 AM


You asked Danny Boy so please allow me to introduce you to a very evil high priest or two..

For the record I talked to several of your Unitarian buddies in Fat Fred City months before you approached me in Youtube. They were
amongst the first to know about the records of the hearings in the US Senate Banking Committee evaporating long before I ever read your bitching about banksters about etc.

I told you I read alot didn't I? You must realize by now I keep good
records too. For the record your pal Chucky Leblanc hates me bigtime
because I sued one of his heroes bible pounding Cardinal Bernard
Francis Law seven god damned years ago and caused him to spilit
Beantown on December 13th, 2002 the day after I filed the affidavit I first sent you that you never even read.

Call me a liar I Double Dog Dare ya. But before you do perhaps you
should call the high priest's old secretary my wife's cousin the
priest Robert T. Kickam he is now Cardinal "Omaleey's secretary (the
last time I checked at least) I alway call him just before Xmass and wish that ex banker turned priest a merry fucking Xmass just to remind him I am still above ground and still in the atack atack attack mode.

Consider me the mean old Maritmer that loves to spoil Xmass for evil
high priests.

http://whois.domaintools.com/rcab.org

http://www.rcab.org/People/cardinalOMalley.html

Seán Patrick Cardinal O'Malley, OFM Cap
Archbishop of Boston
C/o Robert T.Kickham, Chief Secretary to the Cardinal
2121 Commonwealth Av.
Boston, MA 02135-3192
Phone: 617-782-2544
FAX: 617-782-8358

http://www.whitestoneministryinternational.com/

"His Emminence, Sean Cardinal O'Malley has asked me to acknowledge his receipt of your recent card and gift of a white stone, sent as God's graces given in the sacraments." "Through the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, let us go forth with the work of the Lord."

Reverend Robert T. Kickam Secretary to the Archbishop

What is making me particularly pissed off these all the whining you Fake Left bastards in Fat Fred City go on and on about. Tell Chuckyy yo say Hoka Hey to the evil little Antony Cooper for me will ya? Opps I just did Didn't I

Veritas Vincit
David Raymond Amos

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dan Fitzgerald danf@danf.net
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 10:57:21 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Re: A community within which even I, a reprobate and heretic if ever there were, can feel welcomed and respected???
To: David Amos david.raymond.amos@gmail.com

It seems you need to - why don't you say why?

On Wed, December 17, 2008 5:46 am, David Amos wrote:
> Need I say Bullshit Danny Boy?
>
>
http://qslspolitics.blogspot.com/2008/12/call-it-christ-in-our-midst-if-you-must.html
>
> December 2008 Editorial
> Tony Fitzgerald - The Touchstone
>
> The Newsletter of the Unitarian Fellowship of Fredericton
>
> This issue of Touchstone is rather thin and there were not a lot of
> articles that had to be converted to the markup language I prefer for
> typesetting the newsletter and I have some time to put fingers to
> keyboard. In another article(1), written by a visitor, which gives an
> interesting view of our community from an "outsider's" eyes,
the
> phrases "Christ-like" and "Christ in the midst" are
used to describe
> us.
>
> Until that point, I was reading in a yes, that is interesting and now
> nice frame of mind, but upon encountering those phrases, something
> rankled. Something in the arrogance that when people are nice to one
> another, somehow, Christ must be involved! I was also minded of an old
> cartoon. The patient is saying "good morning" to the
psychiatrist and
> the psychiatrist's thought balloon contains the response "I
wonder
> what he means by that?" What means "Christ in the midst"?
>
> A search through Google (2) found a number of references, from the
> literal bodily resurrection of Christ who was now physically in the
> midst of his followers to more allegorical references. One very
> poignant reference by a lesbian to the trepidation with which she
> approaches congregations in the faith of her birth, a conservative
> fundamentalist sect, and is never sure how she will be received. In
> her reference, "Christ in the midst" are good people who are
reviled
> as was Christ for being who they are. And many other references, a few
> well worth browsing.
>
> It seems then, that like so many religious references, "Christ in the
> midst" is one of those slippery meaning shifting phrases that can be
> thrown around and everyone can be happy with their own personal
> interpretations and only the "trouble maker" will pause to ask
"and...
> exactly what does that mean?"
>
> As an atheist and a secular humanist who (as I like to say) has found
> a religious home among the Unitarians, I find my explanations without
> reference to Christ, so I suppose I should not be surprised that a
> devout Christian would analyze the world with references to Christ. It
> makes sense from their world view even though I consider it a needless
> complication at best and possibly disingenuous at times. Homo
> (self-styled) sapiens is a social animal. Social animals all share
> certain characteristics to varying degrees: altruism, loyalty, trust,
> sociability, dedication, love. As pre-industrial hunter/gatherers we
> evolved in a natural state wherein we lived in tribal groups of up to
> a hundred individuals, about the size of a Fellowship. More than that
> and we become overwhelmed and lost in the loneliness of the city, the
> anonymity of the crowd.
>
> Call it "Christ in our midst" if you must or if that makes sense
to
> you. I call it community, the natural environment of human beings. A
> community within which even I, a reprobate and heretic if ever there
> were, can feel welcomed and respected. No community of human beings
> will be perfection and utopia, but through our foibles, aws and
> failings we generally try to do what is best for our community because
> we understand instinctively the importance of community. Thank you for
> being a community which accepts me, accepts my contributions such as
> they are and makes me want to be a part of it.
> Blessed be, Namasté, So be it
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: David Amos david.raymond.amos@gmail.com
> Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2008 20:25:52 -0400
> Subject: Attn Allison Calvern your wish is my comand
> To: tuff@nbnet.nb.ca
> Cc: info@westwoodunitarian.ca, president@westwoodunitarian.ca,
> minister@westwoodunitarian.ca,
> Administrator@firstunitariantoronto.org, eldergomes@yahoo.com,
> community@uucsj.org, info@cuc.ca
>
> Shame on you. Have your silent friends explain the email to you if you
> do not understand why I am disgusted..
>
> Veritas Vincit
> David Raymond Amos
>
> On 12/5/08, tuff@nbnet.nb.ca tuff@nbnet.nb.ca wrote:
>> Helo David Raymond Amos, allison calvern here, responding from the
>> Unitarian
>> Fellowship of Fredericton.
>>
>> Your eMail cannot be processed in its present state. Should you
decide
>> to
>> send another note, please understand that brevity and coherence are
>> valuable.
>>
>> Thank you for your attention.
>>
>> allison calvern
>>
>>>
>>> From: "David Amos" david.raymond.amos@gmail.com
>>> Date: 2008/11/29 Sat PM 02:59:02 EST
>>> To: info@westwoodunitarian.ca, president@westwoodunitarian.ca,
>>> minister@westwoodunitarian.ca,
>>> Administrator@firstunitariantoronto.org
>>> CC: eldergomes@yahoo.com, tuff@nbnet.nb.ca, community@uucsj.org,
>>> info@cuc.ca
>>> Subject: Fwd: I am on the phone to you folks (in Fredericton in
>>> particular) once again right now
>>>
>>> About Unitarians
>>> What We Believe
>>> Unitarians do not have a shared creed, but are united by a set of
>>> principles.
>>> We affirm:
>>>
>>> The inherent worth and dignity of every person
>>> Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
>>> Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in
our
>>> congregations
>>> A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
>>> The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process
within
>>> our congregations and within society at large
>>> The goal of world community, with peace, liberty, and justice for
all
>>> Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we
are a
>>> part.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>> From: David Amos david.raymond.amos@gmail.com
>>> Date: Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 1:54 PM
>>> Subject: Remember me Mr. Shea? You and your pals can press print
on
>>> the pdf file and read this email and keep playing dumb all you
wish
>>> To: KevinOBrien@gov.nl.ca, Connolly@gov.nl.ca,
sddowling@gov.pe.ca,
>>> sjshea@gov.pe.ca
>>>
>>>
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>>> Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 15:48:14 -0500
>>> Subject: Thank you for the call
>>> To: david.raymond.amos@gmail.com
>>>
>>> Will forward substance of your call to appropriate parties here.
>>>
>>> Ron Sommer
>>> The Bank of New York Mellon
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David Raymond Amos said...

From: David Amos david.raymond.amos@gmail.com
Subject: As I said Danny Boy Chicago is not my kind of town
To: danf@danf.net, dguerra@rcab.org, Robert_Kickham@rcab.org, spinks08@hotmail.com, oldmaison@yahoo.com, t.j.burke@gnb.ca, tim4nm@gmail.com, Tim.Porter@gnb.ca, Ignatieff.M@parl.gc.ca, flaherty.j@parl.gc.ca, gypsy-blog@hotmail.com, forest@conservationcouncil.ca, John.Foran@gnb.ca, "webo" webo@xplornet.com
Cc: tuff@nbnet.nb.ca, info@westwoodunitarian.ca, mclaughlin.heather@dailygleaner.com, mike.quigley@gnb.ca, lou.lafleur@fredericton.ca, president@westwoodunitarian.ca, eldergomes@yahoo.com, ReverendMark_O'Connell@rcab.org, community@uucsj.org
Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 9:46 AM

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: David Amos david.raymond.amos@gmail.com
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 13:18:49 -0400
Subject: Attn Chris Fusco I am on the phone to you right now
To: gensongillespie@aol.com, mmadigan@hds.ilga.gov
Cc: cfusco@suntimes.com, nkorecki@suntimes.com,
dmoseley@ambassadororganics.com, legalclinic@law.northwestern.edu

Hey Ed Genson.

Remember me? Say Hoka Hey to the Gov, Lord Conrad Black, Carol
Moseley Braun and Peter Fitzgerald for me will

You and the US Attorney and Jesse Jackson Jr and your old legal buddy
Eddy Greenspan should certainly recall these documents EH Eddy Baby?

http://www.scribd.com/doc/9092510/Chicago

http://www.scribd.com/doc/9092344/Jesse-Jackson-Jr

Never forget Yankee that snobby Canadian Eddy Greenspan answered me in August of 2007 long BEFORE your client Lord Conrad Black went to jail.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/5352212/Public-Sector-Integrity

Methinks I was the cause of your purportedly little riff EH?

Attn Chris, FuscoI am on the phone to you right now

Chris, Fusco, Chicago Sun-Times, Newspaper, State Governments Reporter, (312 ) 321-2522,

http://www.lawbuzz.ca/index.php?showtopic=4609
http://www.lawbuzz.ca/index.php?s=8d8d5b2b1805034594aaafe2caa7613e&showtopic=20811&pid=245483&st=0&#entry245483


http://blog.salazarpackaging.com/sustainable-people/interview-with-carol-moseley-braun-founder-and-ceo-of-ambassador-organics/

http://www.ambassadororganics.com/contact.php

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081217/ap_on_re_us/illinois_governor_jackson

Veritas Vincit
David Raymond Amos

P.S. Here is a little proof that I know how to read Guess who I called
and sent this email to next right after I call this guy and this
lawyers assistants denied that he had this email address.
mmadigan@hds.ilga.gov

http://www.housedem.state.il.us/members/madiganm/

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jF2rnRWH2yUDiLHamFQQg19n651AD9540S7O0

Michael J. Madigan D-Chicago)
22nd District
District Office
6500 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629
(773) 581-8000
(773) 581-9414 (fax)

Capitol Office
300 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-5350

Source: Blagojevich nixed job for Jackson's wife

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press Writer Don Babwin, Associated Press
Writer – 11 mins ago

CHICAGO – Shortly after his 2002 election, Gov. Rod Blagojevich told
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. he didn't appoint the congressman's wife for
lottery director because he had refused to make a $25,000 donation to the governor's campaign, a person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press.

"That's why she's not getting the job," the person quoted
Blagojevich as saying. The person, a Jackson associate who was interviewed Tuesday by the AP, spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing federal investigation.

Jackson's name has played prominently ever since Blagojevich was arrested last week on corruption charges, including allegations that the governor tried to sell or trade President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat for personal gain.

Jackson has been identified as one of the candidates Blagojevich was
considering for the seat, and a criminal complaint said his supporters were willing to raise $1.5 million for the governor if he picked the congressman.

The complaint quotes Blagojevich as saying on federal wiretaps that an associate of the candidate offered to raise money for him if he made the Jackson appointment happen.

Jackson spokesman Kenneth Edmonds declined to comment on the account
of the exchange shortly after Blagojevich's 2002 election but said the Democratic congressman, the son of civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, has approached federal investigators to discuss the governor and others for years.

"He has shared information with federal prosecutors about public
corruption during the past several years, including information about
Blagojevich and others," Edmonds said.

Randall Samborn, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago,
declined to comment, as did Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero.

Jackson has openly sought the Senate position but denies initiating or authorizing anyone to promise anything to Blagojevich on his behalf. The congressman has said federal prosecutors told him he is not a target of their investigation.

The Jackson associate interviewed by the AP did not know whether
Jackson's wife, Sandi had asked for the state lottery job. At the
time, Blagojevich was the first incoming Democratic governor after
years of Republican rule and had scores of state jobs to fill.

"The governor had kind of penciled Sandi in as lottery director and
then asked for contributions from the congressman," the person said.

Sandi Jackson, who has since been elected to the Chicago City Council, did not return a call to her office seeking comment.

In April, the Chicago Tribune reported that an examination of campaign donations to Blagojevich showed that three in four donors who gave exactly $25,000 received administration favors such as state board appointments or contracts.

It's also the same amount of money that figured prominently in the
testimony of a government witness in the political corruption trial
this summer of political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko.

Ali Ata, the former executive director of the Illinois Finance
Authority, testified that Blagojevich spoke encouragingly about getting him a job in his administration after he personally brought him a $25,000 campaign contribution.

Rezko, who raised more than $1 million for Blagojevich's campaign
fund, was convicted of shaking down companies seeking state business for campaign contributions.

Dan F said...

Amos, what should I have to say about your dealings with Unitarians?

I can understand your attack on me after my first post about you...

However, I can also understand why someone would not respond favorably to your form of interaction - you've got to remember that most people's skin isn't as reptilian as some of the people towards whom you should be aiming your venom.

You've bewildered me as to your story to the point where I should be an expert but still don't know quite what to say when someone asks.

As to your volumous paperwork, I've yet to see a financial table or document that was not just somehow in response to your wiretape tapes.

Regarding the core non-mainline news part of your story, tape 139 contains only oblique references to a purported crime (why not include some documentation of who was supposedly killed?) - one which you link to the FBI's second highest most wanted criminal.

If you're truly on to Whitey Bulger and his accomplices, then I wish you good luck - you'll forgive me if I stick to more obvious forms of criminality as I try to inform my fellow fluoride zombies here.

Feel free to comment whenever you like here, as long as I have any say in it.