Published on 07-23-2011 09:00 AM
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Universal Life Church Inter-Tribal is a community. We mostly orient on the religious and spiritual. We do have a decidedly Pagan atmosphere, but all paths and beliefs are welcome. Ordainment by the Universal Life Church is not required to join and participate at ULC Tribal. Just the ability to accept, tolerate and respect others with different and diverse religious and spiritual beliefs.
Please understand that we can't necessarily protect your political beliefs. Hopefully a quick look around will reveal that we're not mainstream, hardly conservative and definitely more liberal in intent, and if that doesn't appeal to someone and they should decide not to join our community we apologize, no harm done.
The discussions on our vBulletin board cover topics about religions and spirituality, but there are also a lot of discussion areas to meet with and talk to others about almost anything. Having fun is foremost and we feel that Tribal is a great place to meet friends worldwide, have serious discussions, or just goof off, let the air out of your shoes, and let your hair down.
Our primary purpose is to represent the Universal Life Church in a positive manner and provide a safe place for people on the Internet. Our site also includes an arcade for members, a daily crossword puzzle and many other features . We also have a photo gallery so you can share pictures about your life with others. There are many other extras that come with membership. All work and no play makes for a dull Tribal member!
We hope that you'll decide to join us and hang around. There are a lot of people here who have been waiting to meet you!
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"We are now a Universal Church. What do we mean when we say we are a Universal Church? We have churches all over the world. The sun never sets on the Universal Life Church. This is why we call it a Universal Church.
We have, within this church, a very liberal type of religion, but, we also have conservative types of people. I have never met a person that disagrees with our doctrine. We feel that our doctrine is universal. I believe that every living person is a part of the Universal Life. When they become conscious that they are a part of Universal Life, they will look for people like minded. We are sure that the Universal Life Church is the one church that satisfies the majority of people.
We are now looking and studying to find a way that all people can come together and work for the good of all people."
Published on 04-06-2012 05:17 PM
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Reyn til Rûna
When we use the words Reyn Til Rûna, or Seek the Mysteries of the Runes, what are we really saying? Are we to believe that the Runes are so mysterious it is beyond our ability of comprehension to fully understand them? No! But the Mysterious Path is long and does not give up its secrets easily. It is necessary to understand the meanings unique to each stave and faithfully reference our written word concerning the Runes.
The study of the lore, poetic forms and hard evidence, such as the many Rune Monuments, carved bones and wood, is where the Search for the Mystery only begins. Once one has a firm grasp of these basics, then one is free to explore the Runic Expanse of the Multi-verse.
We can really only make an educated guess as to what was in the minds of those ancients who first cut, colored and divined the Runes. We can attempt to describe a world based on what few things we have to show as “objective” evidence. I applaud and commend the work of the many scholars and academics who provide us with these important links to our past. However, in keeping in the mindset of the Runes, we must then acknowledge the entire process of that objective evidence.
For instance, if we take the first rune fehu at its intended meaning of fee, we must then put our minds in the place of 3rd century BCE man to even begin to understand what a “fee” meant to him.
Shamanism is defined as a system of psychic, spiritual and emotional healing for the exploration and gathering of both the state of mind and non-material worlds. Anthropologists described shamanism as a technique of inducing ecstasy in which the spirit of the shaman leaves his body and travels to communicate with other spirits (through "Spirit Helpers") in order to acquire a healing power. In Native American shamanism, the healing comes as a process wherein an individual journeys to gather or bring back any information that is necessary in providing psychic, spiritual and emotional healing to the other. American shamanism effectively works through Shamanistic Journeying - a certain state of consciousness wherein a person enters a particular realm called the "non-ordinary reality". Through shamanistic journeying, a person is free to gather knowledge while healing in ways that goes beyond the ordinary reality of awakening.
The shamanism's impact in the person's psychic/spiritual/emotional health is explained by these four views: It retains one's essence in life. The essence in life serves as your energy that helps in developing your interest in achieving goals. When you retain your essence in life, it will keep you healthy and contented with who you are. It creates a strong connection with a "Power Animal". The power animal serves as your protector that provides the wisdom, vital energy and emotional support you deserve. In order to maintain your connection with your power animal, take a lot of time to learn about your animal, feel the presence and most importantly, give honor to it. It values one's sense of purpose. Remember that a sense of purpose always leads to one thing: HAPPINESS. The intention of shamanism is to let the person have a purpose to live life. The shamanistic journeys, rituals and divinations makes a lot of sense in defining what a "real purpose" in life is.
It requires the flow of physical/emotional energy. Your physical and emotional energy helps you accomplish your desires for the world. However, not all people can accomplish their desires due to traumatic experiences triggering them to live within the past. Anyone can practice Native American Shamanism. The basics of practicing it are explained in these four tips: Strengthen your mind, spirit and body by praying, meditating and exercising. As you body starts to strengthen, your life force starts to develop. Start taking shamanistic journeys. You can do this out of your "vision quests" or simply "out-of-body" experiences. Note: the method for taking a shamanistic journey varies for every person as time progresses and shamanistic practices continues to develop. Start travelling in behalf of other people.
Do this once you already mastered shamanistic journeying. According to Native American tradition, a person who goes on a shamanistic journey must be particular with the location, especially where spirit helpers are predominantly present in offering psychic/spiritual/emotional healing. Always live by your constant intention of obtaining knowledge and healing from the "spirit world". As much as possible, set "shamanistic journeying goals" first. This is the basic idea behind Native American Shamanism.
What term is correct: "climate change", "anthropogenic climate change" or "global warming?" by Richard Ordway
Let's start with a peer review of the peer review definition that 130 countries unanimously voted on in 2007 (Intergovernmental panel on climate change- IPCC) and then move on to more literature. Since it is world peer review of the peer review, it is probably a good starting place.
According to the IPCC in a big box, "climate change" refers to any change in climate over time, whether due to natural variability or human. So this is an official definition as of 2007. In other words the term "climate change" can mean either human-caused or naturally-caused.
However, the IPCC states that sometimes the term "climate change" refers only to human-caused climate change in the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The IPCC goes on to qualify "climate change" with the additional term "anthropogenic" ("anthropogenic" meaning human-caused) as in "anthropogenic climate change." This term is stated well over 20 times in its 2007 release.
Some peer reviewed studies also differentiate these terms such as: Matthews, H.D., et al., 2004: "Natural and anthropogenic climate change: incorporating historical land cover change, vegetation dynamics and the global carbon cycle." Clim. Dyn., 22(5), 461-479.
Another peer-reviewed Lancet article uses the term "climate change" as being human-caused: "As mentioned earlier in this chapter, global climate change is only one of a larger set of destabilizing large-scale environmental changes that are now underway, each of them reflecting the increasing human domination of the ecosphere."
The term "global warming" as being human-caused also appears in the peer reviewed literature.
A published study in the peer reviewed Reports on Progress in Physics by John Houghton states that "''Global warming' is a phrase that refers to the effect on the climate of human activities, in particular the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) and large-scale deforestation..."
In its glossary the IPCC states that "Global warming refers to the gradual increase, observed or projected, in global surface temperature, as one of the consequences of radiative forcing caused by anthropogenic emissions."
The IPCC states strongly and definitively, however, that "projected anthropogenic climate change appears likely to adversely affect sustainable development..."
So to conclude, "global warming", "climate change" and "anthropogenic climate change" can confusingly all be interchangeable in the refereed literature and can all mean "human caused".
Officially, the term "climate change" along with the qualifying term "anthropogenic" is the preferred term for human-caused climate change if you consider the IPCC to be the ultimate peer review source. The term "climate change" is the only of the three terms to be hugely defined in its own separate box and is at the beginning of the report (WG1).
Additionally the phrase climate change is part of the IPCC name itself! However, all three phrases refer to long term average changes over many different places and all three are used in the peer reviewed literature.
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