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Re: Religion and community gardening


There needs to be more separation than integration:   the topic of this
forum is gardening not religion............     More people are turned
off from religion by being hit over the head by it than the cave men
believe.

On Fri, 08 Oct 1999 14:10:18 PDT "odin zackman" <odinonline@hotmail.com>
writes:
>Bob (and all)...
>
>I think it's important to acknowledge, that as community gardeners, we 
>
>comprise a very diverse group of folks. We come from different 
>backgrounds 
>and often have different beliefs and certainly different life paths.
>
>However, we are all united by our love of gardening, by our commitment 
>to 
>transforming a patch of land, however small, into a little slice of 
>paradise--or at least a respite from the world. Many of us are engaged 
>in 
>building communities from the gardens in which we are involved, too.
>
>I would hope that we would be able to honor the diversity that comes 
>as a 
>part of this far-flung and very special group of people. I can 
>understand 
>your feeling that religion has been misused by a great many people. In 
>this 
>case, though, religion is being shared as a common ground for those 
>who have 
>a reverence for the earth and for working in communities where our 
>connection to the earth may have been severed.
>
>A part of the work we all do as community gardeners involve 
>understanding 
>and tolerance. Those who have shared a religious perspective should be 
>
>welcomed to the table and learned from, if you want to, that is.
>
>If religion is not your gig, that's fine. But I would hope that you 
>can see 
>that the folks who shared this message are not peddling hatred or 
>divisiveness, but simply trying to emphasize another way in which to 
>look at 
>the work in which we are all engaged. There are a tremendous number of 
>
>people who are attracted to community gardening who are religious 
>folks, and 
>I would argue that all are spiritual in some way. Their contribution 
>should 
>be honored, and if it doesn't appeal to you, it only takes one click 
>to move 
>on.
>
>Peace.
>
>Odin
>
>
>>From: "rwillovell" <idoutit@earthlink.net>
>>To: "community_garden@mallorn" <community_garden@mallorn.com>
>>Subject: [cg] Religion and community gardening
>>Date: Fri, 8 Oct 1999 11:15:57 -0700
>>
>>No thank you for the religion being peddled to community gardens. 
>Please 
>>stop. Start your own user groups.
>>
>>I am of the Jesse Ventura school, and don't appreciate religion being 
>
>>shoved at me. I can count 10 channels of religion on cable sometimes, 
>
>>mostly being pushed by gay-and- race-haters dressed in silk suits, 
>peddling 
>>books about hellfire. Bosnia, Kosova, Northern Ireland, the Christian 
>Nazi 
>>murderers and the whole bloody history of religion is not a big 
>turn-on.
>>
>>Thanks for nothing.
>>Bob L
>
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