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LAURANCE
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4/16/14 8:08 P

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My goodness, Yes, Jlinnea! I was wondering if this was a Christian site or something, what with all the god and jesus talk. But then believers are still in the majority, although the unbelieving minority is growing, so I hear.

So you're outside of Chicago! My dad grew up in Oak Park. I have a memory of seeing diplomas, one from the University of Chicago and another from the University of Illinois. I don't remember where he got his PhD, but he became a full math professor at Penn State.

What small business do you and your boyfriend have?
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So happy to find a place where I can discuss working out without someone bringing up God or Jesus.

I live outside of Chicago and I run a small business with my boyfriend.


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4/9/14 9:02 P

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Hello! I'm here and wondering the same thing. Where are all the interesting liberal atheist hippies?

Unfortunately I don't have much to recommend right now. I'm a burned-out and tired caregiver and spend most of my Spark time on the Caregivers' Support team.


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Hello. Is anybody out there? I am new to this team but not to SP. I have been "inactive" for a while and just getting back into SP. Anybody have any recommendations for teams, news, interesting changes???

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2/23/14 8:15 P

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Ugh! Wow! To be a science teacher where genuine science is not appreciated or understood...do you have to fight, or deal with, battles over evolution?

Now I'm going to congratulate you on those 6 pounds. YOU LOST SIX POUNDS!!

Hey, don't starve yourself or damage your body by trying to lose too much too fast. Three pounds a week is not all that healthy. If you lose one or two, you've done well and that will be great!

As for me, I'm glad that I'm losing. I wish it were fast, but it's not and fast isn't healthy. I'll be glad to see any loss at all...
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2/23/14 6:36 P

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Hi team! This is somewhere near the millionth time I have used spark to loose some weight. I am feeling particularly motivated this year because I am taking a grand vacation this summer and want to actually be in pictures with my kids. We currently live in Idaho, not exactly a stronghold for atheist and liberal ideas in general. It is unfortunate because I am a high school science teacher and I am always wary about making friends because I don't want word to get around I am an atheist. When we move (we are a military family) I don't want my super Christian co-workers giving me anything less than extraordinary recommendations because of my lack of religious belief. It just stinks I have to think about stuff like that.

So far, I have lost 6 pounds since January 2nd (I think). I am going to try and do much better this month though and my goal is to loose 2-3 pounds a week. instead of about 1. We will see...


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2/20/14 9:12 P

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I won't pray for you! Honest! I feel irritated when someone says they'll pray for me. What makes them think that god will do what they tell him to do? What do they think would happen to me if they didn't pray for me? I suspect that people who say that have never really thought things through.

Glad to meet you. I'm 72 and living in the center of Pennsylvania.


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2/20/14 11:33 A

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Hello, everyone. I'm pleased to make your acquaintance. I'm a 60-year-old Canadian woman, happy to find people who won't offer to pray for me.


Randi, posting from the beautiful West Kootenays, British Columbia.


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2/19/14 9:59 A

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Some time ago I'd read an article in some magazine or on some website about the UU, and how there's a kind of a split between the pro-atheists and the anti-atheists.

I'm out of the loop, though. I'd gone to the Unitarian Fellowship when I was a teenager and before they merged with the Universalists. It was not by choice - my parents made my sister and me go with them. I was bewildered, why are we going to church when we aren't believers? I gather it was because my parents liked the intellectual discussions that happened rather than a sermon. But once I became an adult I left.

I used to think Pennsylvania was liberal, but that's because I grew up in State College and went to Penn State where my dad was a math professor. And then I spent 16 years near Ithaca NY before moving back. I somehow forgot or didn't notice that a college town would be more liberal than the surrounding area.

When I moved back home I found I couldn't afford State College any more, and I especially couldn't afford to buy a house in my old neighborhood. So now I'm ten miles to the north in Bellefonte, which is a beautiful little town, but to me it's Bibleburg, Christianvania. I suddenly feel in the closet, which I never was before.

So I'm glad to find anything I can. We do have a MeetUp group (Nittany Freethought) which meets twice monthly. And tomorrow is one of the meetings!


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Just found this thread again, glad there are more new people. While I am active in my UU church not all UU churches are equally welcoming to atheists. My particular congregation has a number of vocal atheists in leadership positions. The part I love is the conversations. We can discuss anything respectfully. It kind of throws my kids for a loop when we visit family and the reactions are very abrupt if they voice anything that isn't Christ is Lord and guides my life in all ways.

I'm up in liberal Maryland though so I'm lucky.

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2/18/14 8:38 P

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Hello and welcome Laura and Sparrow. I'm an Aussie and its much easier being an agnostic in AU Hugs to all

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Hello, Sparrow! Good to meet you here in Cyberia. So you're in Texas but not by choice.

My Sweetie lived in Texas, among many other places - he was a ramblin' man - and says that Texas is both extremes. You'll find some of the most conservative seriously religious people there, and some of the most liberal far out people there. I do believe American Atheists is out of Austin.

I'm in central Pennsylvania, and it seems that the bible belt is shifting somewhat. We were talking about this at our last atheist get-together and noting that there's more atheist activity in southern states than here in PA. The buckle on the bible belt seems to be shifting in the direction of Pennsylvania, as near as some of us can see.


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Well hot damn, is this the perfect group for me or what. Hello, I'm Kristina. I'm a 29 year old woman, wife, mother, former doula, budding childbirth educator, liberal, atheist, hippie. I currently call Texas home (not by choice) and have some pretty awesome beings in my life (my husband, our two little boys, and our dog). I have a lotttt of weight to lose and am back on SP because the only thing that works for me is tracking, and I need to do it. Please friend me on here, it would be nice to have close support and to get to know some of you beautiful people. Peace.

"I'd like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being." - Maya Angelou

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LAURANCE
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Whoop-de-doo! I'm glad to find this team! (I'm also glad to find the Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists and Freethinkers Team.) It seems that just about everyone is a pious Christian (or a pious Muslim who is in a small minority and gets hassled) here.

I'm Laura, and I was born into a family of atheists, agnostics and freethinking humanists. I did not see the light and deconvert. I was born this way.

I did attend the Unitarian church when I was a teenager. I didn't want to, but my parents had discovered the Unitarians (in those days it was not yet the UU; that came later) and made my sister and me come along with them. I think it was my freethinking Dad who liked the intellectual atmosphere and the interesting talks instead of a sermon. My mother who was a radical atheist came along because she was a dutiful wife. My parents gave me no choice. We went. All of us.

Now there's an atheist friend who continually invites me. I say No, because I have no interest in going to church.

But I do know that a church can give some real benefits and some needed socialization and fellowship. I am also aware that there are atheists who are working on establishing an atheist church for the purpose of creating this social center where atheists can meet and greet and have that commonality and community that social animals such as ourselves need.

In any event I"m glad to find this team. So many people are heavy-duty Christians, I wondered if I was in the wrong place.
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1/12/14 7:40 P

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HELLO MARY AND WELCOME AMY. Like you I was injured and incapasicated and the weight just piled on. I HAVE BEEN UP AND DOWN, loosing and gaining more back but I am more focused recently.

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Hi. I'm Amy. I'm agnostic but I assume that this team has people who think a bit more as I do. It seems that every spark page I check out is someone who is very adamantly Christian. Where's the variety?

Anyway, I am on a quest to become healthier. I was on spark before but didn't really participate in the social/team aspect of things. This time around I decided to give it a shot.


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Hello,

Nearly a year and a half ago I was running 5Ks and enjoying a normal life. I had surgery; I was near recovery when I injured myself in the same area, have been recovering ever since and it is not yet over. I am 40-45 lbs heavier after having to lounge around for over a year. I have various aches and pains on top of it which are being addressed by doctors and physical therapist, and preclude me from doing much. I have recently gotten the ok to swim so long as I take certain precautions.

My problem, I went from super active to nailed to a bed, fell apart about 5 months into the darn thing and started to eat.

Now that I can move again a bit, I'm here to get a grip.

That's the gist of it. Looking forward to my old self if my body permits.

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TSB, I gather a lot of Unitarians are atheists who think that their kids need /something/ - that's why many of my friends with kids attend UU churches. If nothing else, what the kids need is just to be able to say they go to church on Sundays like everyone else they go to school with, because sticking out as "different" at school can have a long-lasting negative impact. That's just the way school kids are. So you're doing your kids a service by helping them fit in - without compromising your own values. I'd say that's a win.



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11/18/13 11:40 P

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Hello from me in Aussie to all the new members. Due to continuous TECH problems I'm not here much but I still enjoy the group.I think Spark must be passed around at Church as they seem to be over represented. However they are kind and supportive and that's the goal here.

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11/16/13 9:35 P

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Back after too long an absence, gained about a pound a month. Joined a Snapfitness gym 3 days ago and really like using the machines. They keep me from messing up my arthritic hips.Spark spoiled me for their website and community. Spark is much easier to get around and doesn't send me down the rabbit hole of supplements to buy.


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Hello all,

I'm new to Spark people and finally thought to search for atheist teams. (Trust me if wishing would make the weight disappear I'd already be in my skinny jeans)

Glad to find this group. I'm an atheist that goes to church (Unitarian Universalist) That isn't as odd as it sounds I have a family that borders on nutter (a couple that believe in the literal truth of the bible) and need a community for my girls to learn about religion without being judged or told this is the truth.

My doctor pointed me at Sparkpeople. My current weight exceeds what I weighed the day I gave birth to my youngest. I've been battling and losing the battle for a 10 years now trying to fit fitness and healthy habits into a crazy schedule. Still working on adding exercise into the schedule on a regular basis.

TSB

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Hi y'all! This team wasn't here last time I was active on Spark, several years ago - good to see it amidst the tsunami of christian sentiment. I'm a life member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. And when my husband died very suddenly in 2010, it did not make me start praying, and I didn't let one single person pray for him, mention Jesus, or say "he's in a better place now" at the memorial service. Took some doing, as many of my family are Catholics and a couple of my sisters are evangelical/fundamentalist wingnuts. A lot of loud classical music helped sidetrack anyone who thought of trying to pray for him. Anyway, since I'm dating again now, I'm trying to take care of myself, fit into my good clothes, and keep my mood reasonably cheerful. I still miss Steve, I'd still give an arm and a leg to have him back, but that's not one of the options and I'm not going to meet him again in heaven, so I am working on developing a new long-term relationship. New boyfriend likes me as I am, but we both have chronic health problems and need to encourage each other to take our meds, follow our diets, get enough sleep, and see our doctors regularly!



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Looking forward to getting to know you better, Trev.

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Hi Everyone,

I am Trev, currently residing in Devon, South West United Kingdom and have been a member of the UK's National Secular Society for a number of years.

I am personally an agnostic and like the N.S.S. oppose the power that religion has in our schools, our councils and many other somewhat influential places within our British society.

As a freelance artist I like to mix and communicate with everybody no matter what their backgrounds or cultures but I find in many cases, lots of religions I encounter seem to support some kind of segregation. I believe that segregation creates ignorance which often results in forms of xenophobia and jingoism which ultimately creates and a lack of trust in many of our fellow beings.

As far as my weight loss is going I am now 80 pounds down with a hundred or so pounds to go and find motivation and stimulation from being around like minded people with similar goals.

If you wish to get to know me a little more please take some time out to go over my spark page and my blogs to see what I am all about as I no doubt will be reading about many of you this way in the days to come in an effort to get to know you all a little better.

Cheers to you all,

Trev

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So I can have tomorrow what others can't.

You will ultimately become the people you associate with and eventually become the books that you read.

Never in human history has a statue ever been erected in homage to a critic.
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Hi I'm new to this team. I live near Burlington Vermont and my kids call me an old hippie, I am also a member or the Missisquoi abenaki band. I think we might be the original hippies.

I have already lost about 90 pounds and have about 50 to go. I am doing Carb Cycling as a tactic.

I don't believe in any gods with a name. But I like Buddhist and native American philosophy. In my language you can't own anything with a spirit ( lake, sky, land, trees, dogs, people) you don't have a husband or wife just " the one who walks beside you"

In our mythologies when we die we head up the shining way (milky way) and there is a big gap w a tree over it, holding the tree is every dog you have taken care of, they decide if you get to the other side to go on to the Happy Hunting Ground. Dogs have spirits, that's not my dog. it's "the dog that is with me" nuh said

Edited by: NOKOMIS57 at: 9/1/2013 (09:53)
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“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Buddah


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I like reincarnation too the ultimate re-cycling. We live on through our friends and family

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LYNNETHEGREAT- Love your spark name. It feels good to substitute my name. I get so many good ideas on spark.

I must admit, I am prejudiced (?) condescending (?) . . . I can't help being sure that people with fundamentalist belief are on the low end of IQ scale. Actually, I pretty much believe that about any religious people. Forgive me God, for I have sinned.

Sometimes I really miss God. Who do I say "Thank you Jesus" to, when I experience a "miracle"?

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I like being not dead too. Speaking of dead, couldn't Atheists come up with a nice after death scenario? I used to like reincarnation, but the mysterious Higher Power is there too, isn't it?

How about death is like sleep, and you continue to have wonderful dreams? There's no awareness in Chopras' atoms, is there?

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Hello and welcome to our recent new members,

To my Sp friends
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Hi DUBLINROSE and Meredth welcome to the team. I'm not about a lot mainly due to slow internet. I live in Australia and we are possibly the least religious country in the world.

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Hi there, I'm new to Spark People, my name is Meredith and I am from the great state of Texas. I've never considered myself a hippie but I do like patchouli smell so maybe you will take me anyhow. I'm an atheist married to a believer and we manage to make that work because we're both very nice people.

I'm here to lose weight because I like being not dead. And I want to sing and dance on stage.






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Hi everyone....new member of LAH saying hello.

I'm maggie, 36, mother and wife, living in Dublin, Ireland. I was raised in a very traditional Catholic family like nearly everyone in this country, did all the things a good Catholic is supposed to do. I stopped going to church aged 17 at great upset to my parents and slowly started moving away from religion. To be totally honest, religion always felt alien to me, I was just going through the motions.

I'm out of organised religion now since then but have really only identified as atheist in the last 5-6 years. I'm married to a man who is agnostic and we are raising our kids religion free. We are still finding it hard at times because religion is still part of the fabric of our country but there is a growing atheist community, probably driven in part by the scandals of the church and their treatment of women and attitudes to things like abortion and homosexuality.

So yeah I am a very open minded liberal but struggle in a country that doesn't always respect that. I'm hoping chatting with other like minded folk will help me deal with some of the frustration and stop me wanting to bang my head against a wall emoticon


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I'm not new to Spark People but to LAH yeah. Its so freeing to be atheist isn't it? I'm not a hippy but I'm pretty open minded and non-judgmental. I may not be so when I see believers open their mouth sometimes though. I should be more understanding for they know not what they say!
I'm Kayah, living in Sin City, have a birthday in 20 days. I have a cat who is 5 and a bird catcher, or tries to be. I'm not married, no children, don't watch much TV unless its sports or I'm working out on the elliptical or treadmill to pass the time more pleasantly. I listen to a lot of music, read a lot on my Kindle and travel as much as I can.
My interests? Sports, music, reading, writing, art, cooking and food, getting in shape mentally and physically, walking, dancing, candles, technology. That's probably enough to start with yeah. Looking forward to a much better life!

P.S. Does anyone hate it when you sneeze and people say bless you? Why do they do that?

Edited by: FANCYKAYAH at: 7/2/2013 (03:38)
"If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay."

"Your happiness is up to you. Whatever happened in your life to make you who you are up until this point is irrelevant. It is your responsibility now to take control and change your life to be what you want it to be. Energy and persistence conquer all things. Make time, not excuses."


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*waves hello frantically* YAY, a beacon of sanity in a right wing world! Hello everyone, I'm Lynne. I am new to SP, trying to get healthier after my doctor pretty much told me I am a walking stick of butter :P I live in Cincy, Ohio. Having some support from others who think along similar lines is going to be great :D


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Hello! I'm Jane.
Joined SP one week ago and - much though it does seem a really good website and a sane program - the religious zealots were already freakin' me out. I'm so, so glad to come across this Team and know that there are some "normal" people out there.

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Its a chorus in my house, shame they cannot harmonize.

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Hello, I'm back to SP from trying to get fit alone for the last few years. I'm certainly a Liberal Atheist, but more Old Punk Rocker than Hippie.
I don't have any trouble motivating myself to exercise, but eating right is a different story. I know what things I should eat, but I don't. Like right now, I'm telling myself not to have a soda with my lunch salad, but they're just RIGHT THERE, in the fridge at work, calling me... "Lisa...Lisa....Drink Me!" Consequently, although I workout 5 days a week, I've lost only 4 lbs. in the last year and a half.
Anyone else have audible food?



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Welcome to SP and the group, Sanurah. Best of luck in reaching your goals.


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Found this group by accident, glad I did though, seems too perfect! :) New to SP, new to this group, seems great though!

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welcome aboard

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

confusus

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
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Hi! My name is Rachel, I'm returning to SparkPoeple after a few years of chaos! ... Hoping to stay motivated this time!! Just wanted to say hi to everyone. emoticon. This seems like an awesome group; I saw it and thought: “Liberal? Check! Atheist? Check! Hippie? Yes!! This is for me!” Lol.

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thanks

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

confusus

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
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Hello and welcome new members.

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"How can life be true without friends" Enius
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hello my name is gwyn lee and I am not new to SP but I am a LIberal Athiest Hippie!!

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

confusus

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
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Hi all. While there are some lovely people on Spark, it's also great to find people who aren't going to bless me every time I do something positive. Looking forward to talking to you all about some non-religious topics.

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Happy Easter, everyone! (Kidding, kidding...)

I found you guys yesterday, and I'm happy to see not everyone on SparkPeople has bible quotes in their signature.

I'm a 26-year-old Belgian, who managed to finally kick herself in the butt in order to get started on getting healthier. I have quite a long way to go: in the long run I want to lose around 50 kg. I've joined SparkPeople roughly three weeks ago, and so far I've lost over 2 kg, so I feel like I'm doing ok.

As a vegetarian I'm finding it quite hard to meet the protein needs, without adding too much fatty cheese or eating beans all day, but thanks to the different articles on this site, I'm slowly learning more and more on eating healthier.

With regards to being an atheist this will be a difficult weekend for me, as I'll be visiting both of my religious grandmothers, who will do their best to emotionally blackmail me (think puppy eyes, trembling voices and reminiscing about when I was "such a good girl"). I do not want to lie to them and say "Sure, I went to church.", but I don't want to hurt their feelings either. I think I'll just go for a walk when the topic comes up, it's what I do when they bring up eating meat and they seem to be avoiding that topic more and more.

Best of luck to all of you,

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Hello and welcome GREENWOLFDREAM.

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Thanks for the welcome emoticon

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emoticon emoticon Michelle, nice to meet you!

"What would it be like if you lived each day, each breath, as a work of art in progress? Imagine that you are a masterpiece un folding, every second of every day, a work of art taking form with every breath. " Thomas Crum


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Hey, my name is Michelle. I am a 21-year-old college student in California. I have used SparkPeople before (for varying reasons). Currently, my intention is to lose 59lbs so I can enter a police training academy and feel more comfortable with myself. I hope Sparkpeople and this team will help keep me focused and give me tools to be successful. Last time I had a lot of religious people on my friend's list and it made it harder for me to feel comfortable being myself. This time around, I immediately searched for teams like this because atheism is an important part of who I am.

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Hello new members, welcome to the team.
As to JC I agree he was a political activist wanting to bring about change both within his own church and the government. Few people read the bible cover to cover but quote selected passage to support their own position and most can be interpreted either literally or as an allegory in a few ways. Also the bible has been translated handwritten for 2000 to 5000year and I find it hard to believe there are no mistakes

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Welcome!
It's never easy to step away from what people expect you to be, or want you to be. A well examined and thoughtful approach to religion is probably better for belief than blindly following dogma without thought or question. If you really study JC and his place in history, he was doing the same thing - questioning status quo, asking why, challenging core values, and it ended up getting him killed. We like to romanticize his place in history, but really, he was a liberal, counter-culture hippie who managed to piss the wrong people off with all of his talk of forgiveness, compassion, turning the other cheek.

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1. Get into the teens
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3. Run a 5k
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5. 40% reduction
6. GGGOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL,

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Hello everyone, I'm knew to this team. I guess I'm knew to this whole thing lol. I guess I'm looking for a new place to hang sense I left the church. I was studying to be a minister along the way I read the bible and actually thought about it. The more I learned about what it said how it was put together the more questions I had. I spent 15 long years struggling with that book and noticing that most of the people who seemed to think it devine had not read much of it. Finally about two years ago I gave up the struggle. I guess I'm in the progress of de-programing myself. In my old network I'm worst than Judas no one talks to me anymore. I always thought it was funny these same people called me a blessing and how god had used me in their life and I'm thinking at the time of course if only I believed 10% of what I just said maybe I could be a blessing to myself.

Moving Foward!!!


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Morning team..hehehe I spent some time standing in the corner for being what my father called "blasphemer." I sure didn't know what that was, I just thought it was something bad..I knew in my heart that I wasn't bad..

Have a great day fellow heathens ! emoticon

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Haha Lillian, I was kicked out of the confessional the morning of my confirmation for the same reason! Nice to meet you.
-Sarah

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People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
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Hi everyone! I love the idea for this team!

I have hippie tendencies, am extremely liberal, and was pulled out of Sunday-school when I was 6 for asking too many questions..


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Hello all - glad to see all of you.

Goals:

1. Get into the teens
2. Lose the Xs
3. Run a 5k
4. 20% reduction
5. 40% reduction
6. GGGOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL,

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Hello Megan emoticon

"What would it be like if you lived each day, each breath, as a work of art in progress? Imagine that you are a masterpiece un folding, every second of every day, a work of art taking form with every breath. " Thomas Crum


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Hello my fellow atheists. Glad to have found you!



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Hello my fellow atheists. Glad to have found you!



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Hello my fellow atheists. Glad to have found you!



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Hello my fellow atheists. Glad to have found you!



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Hi i am Kimmy, another heathen, nice to meet you all. I am also somewhat of a hippie..I will fit right in!!

"What would it be like if you lived each day, each breath, as a work of art in progress? Imagine that you are a masterpiece un folding, every second of every day, a work of art taking form with every breath. " Thomas Crum


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Hello and welcome to the team. No prays or curses but maybe some cussing at the scale

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Looks like I have found a group I might just fit into comfortably.
Hippie? Yeah
Liberal? Always was probably always will be.
Atheist? Yeah, but there is something far more intelligent at work in the universe than mankind, I think it is Mother Nature.

I am just looking for support in my efforts to be the best person I can be, without prayers and/or curses, which there seems to be a lot of on SP and everywhere else these days.
I am once again trying to get to my healthy weight.

Joell in CO

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" Wonderful to find this group! Was beginning to feel swamped by blessings and prayers..."
Amen Libby.

This sounds like the group for a couple of California, Atheist, Progressives, Environmentalist, and such...

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Hello and welcome to the team Libby. I visited South Africa in 2000. Capetown (camping saffari to Vic falls) and Jo'berg (Kruger park) Loved my visit

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Wonderful to find this group! Was beginnning to feel swamped by blessings and prayers... I am from South Africa. Am almost at my goal - but have realised when I stop tracking my weight creeps back again...
Exercise wise? yoga, any dancing (zumba at the moment) or exercise that is not repetitive (can't stand the treadmill/etc) and pilates/zen pilates etc


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Hello and welcome BOANDEREY

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Welcome BOANDEREY. You've found a haven of logic here!

-Sarah

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
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Oh yay! I knew there had to be heathens somewhere on Sparkpeople! I started Sparking this week and I'm glad to be here.


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Hello and welcome to the team MSPAT

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May I just say that I'm doing the Happy Dance here in my office? Finding this group has made me very, very happy! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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Welcome Kat and Blue
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Yes we can

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Welcome, Kat! I wonder if religious fanatics feel like people like us are overbearing with our "facts" and "logic," too, lol...
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Hi! I'm Kat from Brooklyn. Super glad to find this page, as I was starting to get a little eye-rolly about all the Christian stuff in some of my other teams.

I believe it's entirely up to me to lose this weight, and though I like to read the stories of other people to help motivate me in weaker moments, I am grateful that there are others out there who realize that no spirit in the sky is going to get our asses to the gym 3x a week.

Thank goodness! Nice to meet you guys.


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Chicago looking mighty breezy today! Oh yeah - the Windy City! emoticon

I'm feeling it too about 2 hours south of you.

Nice to meet you.

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